Peace Activists Kidnapped in Iraq

Two Canadians, one American, and a Briton were Four foreigners were kidnapped at gunpoint in a dangerous neighborhood in western Baghdad on Saturday. The British hostage was identified as Norman Kember, a long-time peace activist. Kember and the other three hostages a members of the Christian Peacemakers Team who were in Iraq seeking to document coalition human right abuses.

The group is reported to have been traveling with “minimal security” when they were seized in the west of the city after dark on Saturday. The Jawa Report speculates on what may have happened:

Here is the scenario as it might have happened. A group of peace activists (dubbed ‘aid workers’ by MSM) go to Iraq trying to prove that the U.S. are the bad guys in Iraq. They then go and talk with the ‘resistance’ who they believe are the good guys. They are shocked when some terrorists show up at meeting with ‘resistance’ and kidnap them.

Possibly outcome [sic]? a) Sgrena scenario–terrorists release infidels after they have been paid off and realize hostages are really allies b) Enzo Baldoni scenario–terrorists don’t care that hostages there to help, behead the infidels c) rescued by U.S. forcesCanadian Press reports that efforts are underway to negotiate the release of the two Canadians, and presumably the American and Kember.

Update: According to CNN, the Arabic-language channel Al-Jazeera on broadcast a video Tuesday issued by an unknown group showing what it claimed were four hostages. The group, which called itself “the Swords of Justice,” said the four were spies and claimed they worked under the cover of “the Christian Peace group.”

The Jawa Report has video of the four Western hostages in Iraq, and their identities. The video shows American Thomas Fox of Clear Brook Virginia, Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden, who resides in Auckland, New Zealand, British citizen Norman Kember, and some one who appears to identify himself as James Loni (last name unclear) of Canada.

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