Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Those Krazee X-tians:
"Christian Peacemakers" Blame US, UK, Damjooz...

Paulyanna: "What the fuck am I gonna do?
Save the hostages or win the election? MOMMY!"
For the past couple of days, 2 of my "fellow Canadians" have been taken hostage in Iraq by some shady, greasy "insirgent" group, along with a Brit and a Yank.

As soon as a video of their captivity was released via the "esteemed" media outlet al-Jazeera, the hostages' employer called "Christian Peacemaker Teams" have have placed the blame for their predicament on the ususal suspects.

We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has worked for the rights of Iraqi prisoners who have been illegally detained and abused by the U.S. government. We were the first people to publicly denounce the torture of Iraqi people at the hands of U.S. forces, long before the western media admitted what was happening at Abu Ghraib. We are some of the few internationals left in Iraq who are telling the truth about what is happening to the Iraqi people We hope that we can continue to do this work and we pray for the speedy release of our beloved teammates.

Translation: "It's all tha Damjooz's fault! They start the war and we get the shaft."

Even though the abductors called themselves "The Swords of Righteousness Brigade", there had been talk about them being nothing more than mecrcenary criminal thugs: Iraq hasn't yet reached the economic level of Kansas or PEI, and someone's gotta eat.

One must wonder what X-tian compassion and common sense are these so-called peacemakers espousing when they blame the "usual suspects" for something that they perceive to be far beyond their control. Their intentions in Iraq may be good, but in a country where X-tianity and Joodyism are considered heretical in the eyes of local Islamic clerics, blogosphere pundits suspect that they're being used as asphalt on the Highway to Hell.

The Peacemakers' history and credo can be found here. It's interesting to note that amongst their various programmes are projects along the US/Mexico border and "Palestine"™. Cindy al-Shaheeda and Michael al-Moor would be vewy proud.

And all this reminds me of a Clutch tune...

Like ravens on a scarecrow
Too old to beat them off
The guilt ferments
Familiarity breeds contempt
The yolk of faith splatters silent
Harvest time, red moon rising
Anvil cloud, lightning rod
Peacemaker, life taker
What's inside the silo?
- Clutch, "Wicker"

Let's hope that nobody lose their heads over this case.

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