Note that the kidnapped peaceniks were rescued in a raid conducted by Coalition - read American - military forces.
Contrast this with the press release by the Christian Peacemeaker Team High Command:
See anything kind of missing in that there little press release? Like, maybe any mention of the military role?
No, according to Peacenik HQ their peaceable yutzes were "released". Kind of gives the impression that Johnny Terr saw the light, joined in a chorus of "Kumbayah", opened the gates and let the pacifistic granola gambol away with nary a care in the world, doesn't it?
Now, granted, technically said granola was "released", but one must admit that when captured bad guys are interrogated, intelligence is gathered, and knuckle-dragging kids with great big guns and bigger balls wind up kicking in the door and escorting unlawfully detained folks to safety, the word "rescued" fits the bill better.
However, let us not forget that we are speaking of pacifists here. To admit that the hated military pulled their peacenik heads off the chopping block is just too big of a pill to swallow.
George Orwell is reputed to have said: "People sleep peaceably in their beds only because rough men stand ready in the night to do violence on their behalf."
A simple concept, and so very true. Let us tweak it a bit:
Pacifists are able to believe as they do only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
One of these days I'm going to get a pacifist to admit to the truth of that, at which time I will probably expire from sheer astonishment.
Don't get me wrong. The Christian Peacemaker Teams live in a cotton-candy pink-ish fuzzy-bunny happy land, and I do not begrudge them this. Reality is a brutal, nasty, unfair place, and it isn't for everyone.
I wouldn't mind, however, if Christian Peacemaker Team HQ might see fit to offer a tiny tip of the hat to the kids who knowingly went in harms way to pull three granola pacifist asses out of the metaphorical fire.
I wouldn't think a tiny bit of gratitude would be out of place in Fuzzy Bunny Happy Land.
Hah! I made a funny! Sometimes I slay me.
Great Jumping Horned Toads! Peacenik HQ has edited their press release!
"Our hearts are filled with joy today as we heard that Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember have been safely released in Baghdad."
Has been changed to:
"Our hearts are filled with joy today as we heard that Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember have been freed safely in Baghdad."
Those wanting to read the original, unaltered press release can read it here:
That is, you can read it until the Department of Truth at Peacemaker HQ remembers which publications they sent the original release to.