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(Cross-posted at BlueGrit)
In a statement calling the CPT "phony pacifists," the Iraqi embassy in Canada has condemned the Christian Peacemaker Teams former hostages as being on the side of the jihadists, Hussein-loyalists, and al-Qaeda, as a result of their own naivete.
Now, normally I'm not one for attacking the victim. But in this case, much as I hate to say it, I think Michelle Malkin was correct when she attack CPT for using this incident as a grounds to condemn the war, rather than to thank the excellent work done by Canadian, American and British forces in saving the lives of the hostages who were, let's not forget, in Iraq of their own accord.
It does of course show the limitless barbarism of the Islamists that they would be willing to kill people (starting with Tom Fox) who were only in Iraq out of a desire for peace. It does not excuse, however, the CPT's seizing upon this incident to not only condemn the war, but to blame the Americans and the British for the kidnapping of the four activists. That is truly beyond the pale. Let me say this: when the United States participates in a mission, alongside Canada, and led by the British, to rescue the surviving members of your organization from the hands of murderous thugs, you do not respond by blaming them for the actions of the murderous thugs. You issue a heartfelt "thank you."
As I said, I am against attacking the victims. But I am just as emphatically against attacking the heroes.