Monday, April 03, 2006
JILL CARROLL'S STATEMENT
eleased hostage Jill Carroll published a statement from Ramstein Airbase in Germany, on her way home to the US. The anti-American, pro-terrorist statements which she made in the last video commique from her captors, as well as the statements she made immediately following her release, do not reflect her true feelings:
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.I'm really glad to hear this from Jill. I'd mentioned the troubling parts of her statements last week, but wrote that I'd wait to see what she says once back in freedom. Unfortunately there has been a pattern of those held hostage by terrorists in Iraq, once they've been freed, launching into a PR campaign for the "insurgency." Whatever her own views of the Iraq liberation, I'm glad to see that Jill Carroll isn't going that route. "Christian Peacemaker Teams" take note.
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 Allan Enwiya are criminals, at best. They robbed Allan 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.