Fox News Reporters Released, Followed by Kiss n' Hug Fest For the Perps

I feel as though I woke up in an alternate universe. Everybody's sooo happy, thanking the Hamas Palestinians for releasing the hostages.

The pair, who appeared to be in good health, then met with Palestinian officials, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The three men sat in a circle of chairs at the hotel, before the journalists held a news conference, then left for Israel.
"I want to thank everybody. I am happy to be here. I hope that this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover the story because the Palestinian people are very beautiful and kind-hearted," Centanni told reporters. "The world needs to know more about them. Don't be discouraged."
"My biggest concern really is that as a result of what happened to us foreign journalists will be discouraged from coming to tell the story and that would be a great tragedy for the people of Palestine," Wiig said. "You guys need us on the streets, and you need people to be aware of the story."
Wiig's wife, Anita McNaught, thanked Palestinian officials and Fox News for their efforts in getting the men released. The men refused to take questions, then traveled to the northern Erez border crossing and entered Israel.

Anyone else have a problem with this:

In a phone call with Fox News, Centanni said that during his capture, he was held at times face down in a dark garage, tied up in painful positions, and that he and Wiig were forced at gunpoint to make statements, including that they had converted to Islam.

Multi- tiered terrorism will open new vistas in diplomatic discourse; we thank the terrorists for releasing hostages from terrorists working for other terrorists.

Jacob Walles, the U.S. consul-general in Jerusalem, said he had met with Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah and the Palestinian president and his security forces had been helpful in the efforts to free the men. "I expressed my thanks to him on behalf of the American government and the American people," he said.
"We'd like to thank governments and individuals throughout the world who aided in securing their release," he said in a statement. "The entire international community is beginning to realize that journalists should never be hostages or pawns in world events."

Classic Stockholm Syndrome:

"We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint," Centanni later told Fox. "Don't get me wrong here. I have the highest respect for Islam, and I learned a lot of good things about it, but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns, and we didn't know what the hell was going on."

Would love to hear all the good things about Islam that Mr. Centanni learned while being tortured and forced to convert.

Posted by Mutti at August 27, 2006 09:29 AM | TrackBack