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Thursday, March 30, 2006

More Good News From Iraq


American reporter Jill Carroll was set free Thursday, nearly three months after she was kidnapped in an ambush that killed her translator, and said she had been treated well.

Carroll apparently was left in the street near the Iraqi Islamic Party offices. She walked inside, and people there called American officials.

"I was treated well, but I don't know why I was kidnapped," Carroll said in a brief interview on Baghdad television.

Even though the group threatened twice in videotapes to kill her, Carroll said, "They never hit me. They never said they would hit me."

Uh-oh, she said her captors treated her well.  Only a matter of time before Rush blows a fuse again.  At least she isn't a peace creep like those goddamned Christian Peacemaker Team people.  Still, I'm sure Charles "Kill 'em all" Johnson and Michelle "Intern 'em all" Malkin will have something snotty to say, that is, if they can tear themselves away from their usual asinine whining over Palestinian and American flags.

Regardless, Caroll's release is freaking great news coming on the heels of the CPT folks' rescue.  I wonder if the insurgents are realizing that there's no margin in kidnapping foreigners when their country is really fighting a civil war now?  Dunno.


PS--Just like the "peace creeps", Jill Caroll is truly a brave soul, risking her life trying to report what's going on in Iraq.  Self-styled journo-wingers like Laura Ingraham, who spent 8 whole days in the country with military escort everywhere, should really be lauding these reporters instead of wasting oxygen dissing them and getting righteously smacked down by real journalists.

[Update: so it begins:

It's wonderful that she's free, but after watching someone who was a hostage for three months say on television she was well-treated because she wasn't beaten or killed -- while being dressed in the garb of a modest Muslim woman rather than the non-Muslim woman she actually is -- I expect there will be some Stockholm Syndrome talk in the coming days.

"It's wonderful that she's free, but..."  Jesus fucking christ on a trampoline, what is wrong with the wingnuts?

Now let's think about why she might say she was well-treated.  Maybe it's because...she was? 

And why would she be wearing local garb?  That's a toughy.  A woman.  In Iraq.  A reporter.  Wants to get around as safely and unobtrusively as possible.  Oh, I dunno, maybe it would be a good idea to wear such clothing?

My friend Occam suggests maybe it's because she has just been released and that was the clothing she was wearing at the time.  Most of the videos did show her dressed that way, presumably at the behest of her captors.  So maybe we could shut the fuck up for a while about the deep psychological meaning of it all?]

['nother update: an exchange on CNN this morning:

S. O'BRIEN: How does she look to you? I mean, obviously you have seen the pictures coming in from APTN. Overall, what would you say your initial impression is?

SPINNER: She looks so composed. I mean, this is a woman who has been through such a horrendous ordeal. And look at her message. It's the same message that she's been delivering as a balanced reporter.

She wants people to know that she wasn't treated badly. She's still looking for sympathy for the people who held her captive. And I think that says -- speaks volumes about Jill and her mission in Iraq.

S. O'BRIEN: Yes. I thought that was so interesting that she said it not once, not even twice, but several times. "It's important that people know that I was never threatened, that I was not mistreated." It does, it really -- I think you're right, it speaks volumes about who she is and that passion.

   That's a bit better, although I'd rather people let Jill speak for herself at the appropriate time.  Alas, that whole bit about "looking for sympathy for the people who held her captive" will almost definitely set off the wingnuts.  Speaks volumes about them and their hate.]

[Final update: LGF ways in surprisingly tame fashion:

She says the terrorists treated her well.

Her interpreter, murdered during the kidnapping, was not available for comment.

Neither is Michelle "Lightsabre Loving" Malkin, who is taking an "overdue" vacation.  Must be hard work fighting on the front lines in our Glorious Everlasting War.

As for you, Chuckles "Hate The Playah" Johnson, yes it's sad her interpreter was killed during what was, of course, a violent, senseless act.  That doesn't negate what Jill experienced or said about it.  And it's so nice to see how you celebrate her release, just as you did the rescue of the CPT members.  You're a lovely fucking human being.]

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I expect there will be some Stockholm Syndrome talk in the coming days.

Here's a sucker bet. That talk will start....in Teh Corner!!

Posted by: flory | Mar 30, 2006 10:53:50 AM

I'm just so glad she's free. And free to talk about her experiences. Which must be frightening to those who don't want to know Iraqis love their country, are human, stand on two feet and care for their children.

Welcome home, Jill.

Posted by: ellroon | Mar 30, 2006 12:43:20 PM

Just heard Randy Rhodes take on a caller who sounded almost disappointed that Jill wasn't killed. Terrorists who threaten people should follow through, apparently. There was a slight suggestion she faked her own kidnapping.

This is so predictable.

Posted by: ellroon | Mar 30, 2006 4:41:36 PM

The wingnuts are absolutely batshit crazy. There's no other explanation.

Posted by: NTodd | Mar 30, 2006 5:51:51 PM

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