I hope Mr. Wood come back safe and sound. There have been a few interviews in the australian media that might be of some help to answering your
However some questions arise.
If Mr woods is dead why havnt the insurgents released a video proclaiming his execution ?
I have no idea why they wouldn't give evidence of his excecution. We can only speculate a few reasons. He may still be alive, or they may be
prolonging it for some unknown reason. If he isn't alive it would be odd.
Why would the insurgents negotiate with a Australian cleric ?
Based on the information ive gathered from rereading the transcripts of thoses in contact with him he seemed to have only personally been in contact
with the insurgents once. And who knows whether or not if it was actually the persons responsible for Mr. Woods capture. Ill just post some of the
GEORGE NEGUS: Majida why do you think the Sheikh has got this far? Why do you think we are at a point now where he and yourselves, having spoken to
his people, are confident that Douglas Wood would be released given the Prime Minister's cautious optimism?
MAJIDA ABBOUD-SAAB: I think Sheikh Hilaly has been holding talks with tribal leaders, with the peak Sunni Muslim organisation in Iraq. He's also
heard from the peak Shi'ite Muslim organisation in Iraq. All of them condemn the kidnapping of Douglas Wood and they all called upon his release and
the Sheikh Hilaly was able to speak to the captors via the media, through, indirectly through people he's spoken with in Iraq, whether he knew that
they had contact with the kidnappers or not.
GEORGE NEGUS: According to your story he's actually spoken to somebody who he believes was a representative of the captors or one of the captors
MAJIDA ABBOUD-SAAB: The anonymous caller said that he was speaking to the Sheikh on behalf of the captors. Now he may have been the captor. He said
the message was short and clear, that is they have no objection to the release of Douglas Wood. However they don't want to release the two Iraqis and
the Sheikh had an objection to the release of Douglas Wood without the two Iraqi. He said that they really - they must release the three captors.
Archives - May 18, 2005
Majida Abboud-Saab and Keysar Trad Interview
If the insurgents return Mr Woods alive which seems unlikely what affect will it have on the insurgency and peoples attitude towards the insurgents ?
Not too sure what effect it would have on the insurgency itself. As far as people (australians) it wouldn't be the first time an australian was
captured and released. Maybe because of the lack of widespread publicity, it didn't seem to really change the attitude towards the insurgency.
Author and Dateline journalist John Martinkus was kidnapped in Baghdad on Saturday afternoon. He spent a terrifying 20 hours being interrogated by his
captors before being released. Martinkus came back to Australia last night and I spoke with him a short time ago about his ordeal.
Archives - October 20, 2004
Interview with Dateline reporter John Martinkus
Hopefully this information is of some help. That being said, it is a real shame that no real infomation or facts have come about to determine how
Woods is. I just hope for the best.