Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Creating News 101

Let's see. Leftie peaceniks need attention to counter the good news from Iraq. Foreign terrorists in Iraq, stung by recent screwups (if you can call mass murder at a wedding in Amman a "screwup") need some positive news for the Arab Street against "The Crusaders". Sounds like a ready-made recipe for some nice, dramatic cooperation. No one gets hurt, everyone gets what they want.

So, in a shocking new development, some "Christians" get "kidnapped" in Iraq. It really doesn't get better than this.

My prediction is that these "peace lovers" get released a few days after the news cycle tires of this pathetic story.

Since this is the first time 99.9% of anyone has heard of this group, it's amazing to read today's razor-sharp release from the group -- which includes this description of their activities in Iraq of late:

In a "Statement of Conviction," the long-term Team members stated that they "are aware of the many risks both Iraqis and internationals currently face," and affirmed that the risks did not outweigh their purpose in remaining. They express the hope that "in loving both friends and enemies and by intervening non-violently to aid those who are systematically oppressed, we can contribute in some small way to transforming this volatile situation."

CPT does not advocate the use of violent force to save lives of its workers should they be kidnapped, held hostage, or caught in the middle of a conflict situation.

Christian Peacemaker Teams has been present in Iraq since October 2002, providing first-hand, independent reports from the region, working with detainees of both United States and Iraqi forces, and training others in non-violent intervention and human rights documentation. Iraqi friends and human rights workers have welcomed the team as a nonviolent, independent presence and asked that the team tell the their stories. CPT teams host regular delegations of committed peace and human rights activists to conflict zones, who join teams in working with civilians to document abuses and develop nonviolent alternatives to armed conflict. The CPT Iraq Team has hosted a total of 120 people on sixteen delegations over the last three years.

Christian Peacemaker Teams is a violence reduction program. Teams of trained peacemakers work in areas of lethal conflict around the world.

In addition to the Iraq Team, teams of CPT workers are currently serving in Barrancabermeja, Colombia; Hebron and At-Tuwani, Palestine; Kenora, Ontario, Canada; and on the Mexico-United States border.

Pretty good stuff, considering that they have not exactly gotten much press over the last few years. Amazing what a kidnapping can do for top-of-mind awareness. Nice going, guys. Earned media is a beautiful thing.

Of course, if I'm wrong, these bozos give new meaning to the term "useful idiots".

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