The four recently kidnapped peace activists in Iraq from Christian Peacemaker Teams have received the support of the Grauniad reading chattering classes and their like across the Atlantic. According to Harry's Place a letter has been written and published in the G signed by a whole list of anti-war idiots worthies. Now, while I personally disagreed with the stated aims and beliefs of the kidnapped four, I have considerable respect for them because, unlike most of the rest of the antiwar crowd, they did at least show the courage of their convictions and go to Iraq to protest and witness. Moreover I have never wished upon them anything more that the hope that they are freed and, perhaps wistfully, that they realize the error of there ways. Indeed, were it just them, I still would.
However now that they have gathered the support of these self-righteous twits I wonder whether their witness would not be better served by being brutally executed on video. Not because I wish them to die, but because I would hope that it might illustrate clearly to their supporters that the Iraqi "insurgents" are in fact far far worse than the evil minions of Bushitler. Recall that these supporters are the sorts of people who seem entirely happy with the concept that Americans or Iraqis die so long as the blame for their death can be put on Bush and his poodle Blair. I have no doubt that if the CPT folks are killed the more rabid will blame it on Bush anyway but it seems possible that some reflexive anti-Americans might begin to see the error that their unthinking prejudice has led them into.