Saturday, April 01, 2006

Refreshing

Freed hostage Jill Carroll has released a statement that can be found here.

What impressed me the most about Ms. Carroll’s statement is that the reader has no inkling as to her attitude/position about the war in Iraq.

One senses real gratitude when she thanks and praises the people and organizations that worked to free her, as well as those who have helped her after her release, to include the US Military.

She is unequivocal in her condemnation of her captors and their murderous actions and to that point says:
During my last night in captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video. They told me they would let me go if I cooperated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and wanted to go home alive. I agreed.

Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not. The people who kidnapped me and murdered Alan Enwiya are criminals, at best. They robbed Alan of his life and devastated his family. They put me, my family and my friends--and all those around the world, who have prayed so fervently for my release--through a horrific experience. I was, and remain, deeply angry with the people who did this.

I also gave a TV interview to the Iraqi Islamic Party shortly after my release. The party had promised me the interview would never be aired on television, and broke their word. At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear I said I wasn't threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times.

Also, at least two false statements about me have been widely aired: That I refused to travel and cooperate with the US military and that I refused to discuss my captivity with US officials. Again, neither is true.

Again, refreshing.

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