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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 11:34 PM
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Aid Worker Hassan Believed Slain In Video (AP)
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Margaret Hassan, the British aid worker kidnapped after decades of helping Iraqis, is believed to have been murdered by her captors, a British government official said Tuesday, based on a video that showed a hooded militant shooting a blindfolded woman in the head.

CARE said it was in mourning for the 59-year-old Briton, a veteran humanitarian worker known around the Mideast for her concern for Iraqis particularly during the years of U.N. sanctions, whose effects on children she vocally denounced.

"To kidnap and kill anyone is inexcusable," Straw said. "But it is repugnant to commit such a crime against a woman who has spent most of her life working for the good of the people of Iraq."

This is vile! What the heck is wrong with these people! I mean, this was a good woman trying to help them and they kill her?! Monsters!
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 12:06 AM
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1. Thanks to Curious George
who wanted to see how he could destroy Iraq, and so what about the collateral killings.
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muse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 12:11 AM
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2. It is vile. It's also interesting to hear how riverbend . . .
compares this type of killing to the killing of Iraqis. /

It's all too vile to comprehend. I've begun to take riverbend's point of view and it all runs together for me as one big horror.

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blackhorse Donating Member (248 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 12:16 AM
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3. Well,
the execution of Ms Hassan is disgusting.

There -is- something unusual going on in the Iraqi groups. Traditionally, in revolutionary activity, these kinds of political executions are usually far more targeted, e.g., Hans-Martin Schleyer.

Perhaps they hope to achieve shock value with actions like these? Seems like the shock is starting to wear off, given that execution of hostages is almost daily news now. Or maybe it is just rage against the west, no matter what the individual's role in Iraq might have been.

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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 01:35 AM
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4. The identity of the perpetrators is murky, and the matter is rather odd
From the article:

"Al-Jazeera reported on Nov. 2 that Hassan's captors threatened to turn her over to followers of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Three days later, al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq group called for Hassan's release and promised to free her if she fell into their hands, according to a message posted on a Web site known for publishing messages from Islamic militant groups.

Al-Zarqawi and his men have been blamed for numerous deadly car bombings and the slayings of foreign hostages, including three Americans and a Briton."

Taking these statements at face value, it seems as if the resistance, insurgents, call them what you will, recognized the propaganda folly of killing this woman. Zarqawi's group is even supposed to have called for her release. Yet she was killed (although a definitive identification is still to come). I suppose it could just be the results of an ill-defined and undisciplined command structure. Or, something else.

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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 06:10 AM
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5. The only tiny little bit of comfort is that she was shot.
Perhaps that was their tiny little way of acknowledging who she was
and what she had done for Iraq.

It's beyond sad.
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