Christian Peacemaker Team freed...

Despite Jack Straw's attempt to portray the release of three Christian peacemakers the result of a calculated (we don't negotiate with terrorists) military effort, their release was, according to Nell Lancaster, negotiated.

Lancaster, who points out that she is deeply grateful for this negotiated release, quotes Jack Straw disingenuously commenting: "It followed weeks and weeks of very careful work by our military and coalition personnel in Iraq, and many civilians as well."

Jeanne sees something possibly more sinister at work. Reading into the U.S. military spokesman's remarks that "the operation to free the captives was based on information from a man captured by U.S. forces only three hours earlier," she asks: "Am I overly sensitive on this topic, or does a frightening implication -- You guess how we got information out of a captive in well under three hours -- hang in the air after that claim?"

To bolster the claim, Jeanne points to the conflicting assessments from the military and the Christian Peacemakers over whether the fourth captured peacemaker Tom Fox had been tortured or not before he was killed. Why, she asks, would the military be interested in pushing the story of Tom's torture... (A Lovely Promise, BodyandSoul)

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