posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 08:30 PM
Although there have been many hostage takings in Iraq over the last couple of years, for Canadians this is a fresh and emotional situation. The two
men taken at gunpoint are aid workers, and they are Canadians... meaning they are not in Iraq to support any military action. Canada has declined to
participate militarily in the conflict but offers assistance in other ways.
Up until this point there have been only 2 other Canadians kidnapped while in Iraq, Scott Taylor who was released by his captors, and Zaid Meerwali, a
dual Iraqi-Canadian citizen who was killed. There are very few details of the Zaid Meerwali situation. Scott Taylor had a lot to say about his
captivity at the hands of his abductors.
The latest video shows these two recent Canadian hostages unbound and eating sweets and drinking Fanta, while their British and American co-workers
are shackled and begging their governments to adhere to terrorists demands.
I don't understand why the treatment of the Canadians is better then the American and the Brit, are they planning on letting them go? There is no
way the demands of the terrorists will be met... releasing all Iraqi prisoners is a tall order and the Canadian government has no authority to comply
with such a request, even if it wanted to (which it wouldn't, even if it could!).
The stupid thing about these terrorists is that they kidnap people that are trying to help make Iraq less of a hell hole for the people of said
nation. What point does it serve to take these individuals hostage? It does make me angry that aid workers are targets, because really all they are
there to do is minimize the hurting and suffering of the Iraqi people.
My gut feeling tells me that they will release the Canadians and probabaly kill the other two, with their decision to do so solely based on the
nationalities of these hostages. Of course, I hope that they are all released. It will be a happy day when this war comes to an end, though I fear
it may be a long time from now.