US and British forces rescued three aid workers kidnapped in November:
British officials in Baghdad said those freed were Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32; and Briton Norman Kember, 74. The men — members of a Chicago-based Christian peace activist group — were kidnapped on Nov. 26 along with their American colleague, Tom Fox, 54, whose body was found earlier this month.
UPDATE: Here’s the Christian Peacemaker Teams official press release: CPTers Released.
“Released”? I do not think that word means what you think it means…
UPDATE 2: Call me cynically suspicious, but I’m a bit leery of the media reports on this incident. On MSNBC.com, for instance, it is front and center and headlined “DRAMATIC RESCUE”.
Why do I have a nagging fear that the operation maybe wasn’t quite as it is now being reported? Why do I fear that some in the media know this and are playing up the “dramatic rescue” bit just so they can pull the rug out from underneath the story when if/when the story changes? Why do I suspect that they would play up a heroic rescue mission today just to tear it apart tomorrow or next week or next year?
I hate being so jaded. But, sadly, I don’t think it’s totally unwarranted.
(For the record, I am not predicting that this is some sort of set up or deception. On anyone’s part. Just noting a potential angle here.)