The usual suspects sat around wittering on about how unjust it all was, and how their various sons didn’t deserve to be held hostage by Iraqi terrorists, and how they’d been forgotten, and how sad it all was, especially at Christmas!
I am of course referring to the five British hostages held since September 2007. a ‘computer expert’ and four ‘bodyguards’ were abducted from the Iraqi Finance Ministry, and have not been seen since. The kidnappers have demanded the release of Mahdi Army commanders from an American prison, and have released two videos which seek to advise that their captives are still alive.
I may be in a minority in my opinions on this particular item , but quite frankly I have very little time for people who went to possibly one of the most dangerous places on this planet for ‘the money’. As far as I am concerned, they got exactly what they deserved. Just as Ken Bigley, a Brit who ended up dead after heading to reap the ‘cash in hand’ found out, the reality of Iraq is somewhat different to that in the job adverts.
American and British soldiers are in Iraq because their political masters said it had to be done, and soldiers are paid to take risks. But such holy fools like Norman Kember, kidnapped and then unfortunately released to burden the airwaves with their so-called ‘stories’, just tend to make cynics such as myself yawn and reach for the remote to find something less grinding on the ears.
‘All we want is their safe return’, we are endlessly told in repeat slot after repeat. All I want is an end to this slightly tawdry story, played to an audience who really don’t want to know!