Monday, August 28, 2006

Under duress and "unharmed?"

Thank God Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were released today from terrorist captivity. However, they both made a number of interesting statements to the press after their release, including encouraging other reporters to come to Gaza and report what is going on there.

The irony that was lost is that they made these statements while still in Gaza and flanked by Palestinian "government" (i.e. terrorist) forces. Were these statements made under duress? Absolutely. I can't wait to hear what they both say when they are safe at home. (Let's not forget Jill Carrol, who while in captivity in Iraq was forced to make a number of anti-American statements that she later recanted - when she no longer had a gun to her head.)

Finally, if you missed it, both Steve and Olaf were forced to "convert" to Islam at gunpoint before being released. However, the New York Times claims they were released "unharmed." An astute reader of Powerline blog asks the question: if we forced those held at Guantanamo Bay to convert to Christianity as a condition of their release, would the Times consider them "unharmed?"

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