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Jill Carroll Freed

Reading the Christian Science Monitor story with the jaundiced eye of an old intelligence analyst it looks like a deal was cut by the Iraqi Islamic Party who didn’t receive a “ransom” through the US embassy, and the Iraqi police officers who really aren’t members of the Iraqi Islamic Party’s militia “discovered” her.

I wonder how large the “campaign contribution” was to the IIP, and how they managed it with Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay sidelined.

It is possible that she was targeted because she worked for the Christian Science Monitor and her captors misunderstood the newspaper’s relationship to the Christians that are seen on American television. It must be fairly confusing for non-US people to understand that Falwell and Robertson don’t actually represent the majority of Christian thought in the United States.

It is sort of difficult to report on the “good news” in Iraq when reporters keep getting kidnapped and/or killed.

While Ms. Carroll was released, it should be remembered that her translator, Allan Enwiyah, was murdered when she was kidnapped.

2 comments

1 larkohio { 03.30.06 at 12:02 pm }

I am delighted that she is free. I am angry with folks who capture other people and hold them against their will. This is wrong!

2 Bryan { 03.30.06 at 2:12 pm }

Nothing in Iraq makes any sense, and this made less sense, as she was trying to report on the lives of ordinary Iraqis without any spin.