This is the worst situation that could happen for Tony Blair. While she is begging for her life and for UK troops to pull out from Iraq, he is sending even more troops further in and playing Bush’s “puppet” again! Based on previous hostage situations, I’m afraid to even think how this one will end up. ________ Tanya
Spanish news showed the video clip. I’m still not at all sure whether it’s a good idea. It was very distressing, awful but that’s not why, nor am I in favour of any censorship. It’s just that the terrorists wanted it shown globally for their agenda…and hey presto, news eds everywhere run it. Did Sky News?
What do others think about that? Do you think it would make any difference to the kidnappers’ behaviour if they got no media attention or would it make them go for even more spectacularly dreadful acts that the media wouldn’t ignore.
I guess also if one channel shows it, the others feel they have to too. Tough call.
I think Eagleeye is probably very correct in saying that by showing the clip of Margaret Hassan, it is huge publicity for her captors. If the kidnappers had no publicity, the act of kidnapping someone would be quite futile.
Here in the Middle East, it is quite unusual to have crime against women. I am hoping the scandal and disgrace caused by the kidnapping of Margaret will help to get her released shortly. I really can’t see how they would murder her. However, these people don’t have any humanity or compassion.
A friend told me yesterday that, purely by accident, he walked into a room when the Al Jazeera TV station was showing the beheading of the first kidnap victim. (The act itself was horrific, and took some minutes. It wasn’t an instant death for the poor man. Too awful to give details.) He was horrified and has been very distressed ever since. It is hard to imagine such barbarism.
We live in terrible times. Our politicians must accept some of the blame for the state of the world today.
Well done to the BBC and CBS. Yes, Abby, and we must bear some responsibility for what the media show and don’t show; or write or don’t write. They give us what they think we want, what will ‘sell’. I am not a fan of Al Jazeera’s although they have some very brave journos and cameramen working for them. There is no way they should show anything like that – what does it say though about their viewers? However, I stand to be corrected, but I’ll bet they don’t have a reporter in Dafur, showing the many thousands of muslims being massacred there – “live” on TV. What is this?! Some kind of macabre “Reality TV”?
I hope you are right Abby about Margaret Hassan being spared. However I have read that quite a number of Iraqi women have been killed by these terrorists; one for example was an interpreter caught in the road by men in a smart car. She ran for her life but was cornered. An elderly man tried to shield her from their guns but to no avail. You’re right. The terrorists have had a short circuit of what remained of their compassion or humanity.
Lee, Why does her ethnic origin matter so much to you?
I believe that Margaret Hassan was born in Dublin and moved to the UK at the age of 5. I think one of her parents was British, not that that should matter. If she chose to have dual British/Iraqi nationality, that’s her business.
She has spent much of her adult life doing good for her fellow human beings. She, and her family, need our prayers and support. Watching the Sky report from Dublin, they are hoping and praying for her release in Ireland. There is no mention of the fact that she changed her nationality from Irish to British. The people just want to see this lady returned to her family, and freedom.