City of Roses
|Christian Science Monitor journalist Jill Carroll, who was kidnapped in Baghdad on January 7, 2006 by a group affliated with the insurgents in Iraq known as the "Brigades of Vengeance", was released Thursday in front of a Sunni political party office after 82 days in captivity.
During the last two months, support was shown all across the world for Carroll's safety and release. The White House and Americans prayed for her. On February 5th in Rome, a giant poster of Carroll was hung on the city hall building in hopes of Jill's release. In Paris on February 7th, 30 white balloons were release to mark the 30 days of Carroll's captivity. The Council on American Islam Relations called for her release in the name of Islam.
CBS News: March 31, 2006
After her release Thursday, Carroll added, "It's important people know that I was not harmed," and criticized the continuing U.S military presence in Iraq.
Reuters: Thursday, March 30, 2006
Despite worldwide expressions of joy and relief of her release, and President Bush saying "Thank God!" and that he's "just really grateful she was released,", some media personalities have come out attacking her:
1) The National Review’s John Podhoretz
"It’s wonderful that she’s free, but after watching someone who was a hostage for three months say on television she was well-treated because she wasn’t beaten or killed — while being dressed in the garb of a modest Muslim woman rather than the non-Muslim woman she actually is — I expect there will be some Stockholm Syndrome talk in the coming days."
2) Bernard McGuirk, Executive Producer of "Imus In The Morning" Part I
MCGUIRK: She strikes me as the kind of woman who would wear one of those suicide vests. You know, walk into the — try and sneak into the Green Zone.
IMUS: Oh, no. No, no, no, no.
MCCORD: Just because she always appears in traditional Arab garb and wearing a burka.
MCGUIRK: Yeah, what’s with the head gear? Take it off. Let’s see.
MCCORD: Exactly. She cooked with them, lived with them.
IMUS: This is not helping.
MCGUIRK: She may be carrying Habib’s baby at this point.
IMUS: She could. It’s not like she was representing the insurgents or the terrorists or those people.
MCCORD: Well, there’s no evidence directly of that.
IMUS: Oh, gosh, you better shut up!
MCGUIRK: She’s like the Taliban Johnny or something.
Bernard McGuirk, Executive Producer of "Imus In The Morning" Part II
MCCORD: Put on 20 pounds while in captivity, yeah.
MCGUIRK: And why do we suspect?
IMUS: Well, why do you suspect?
MCGUIRK: She’s carrying Zarqawi’s baby. No doubt about it.
IMUS: Man, you are a such a, you’re a…
MCGUIRK: Did you hear her comments yesterday? She’s wearing the terrorist headgear. And everything points to that.
MCGUIRK: She’s Taliban Janie, this girl. Taliban Jill or whatever.
IMUS: That’s a little strong don’t you think.
MCGUIRK: I don’t think so. Well except for the fact that she seems overly sympathetic. There’s something wrong. Something stinks.
3) Orrin Judd
"May as well just come right out and say she was a willing participant."
From what I understand, Carroll hasn't at all been praising her captors as enlightened freedom fighters or friends or anything of that sort. She's merely saying she's just been wearing a headscarf and letting people know that she wasn't harmed.
I happen to respect Carroll in showing some class since her release and handling the adversities she went through maturely and without bitterness. Sadly, these personalities almost seem to believe she hasn't had enough; they want her to be in captivity longer and in more grave conditions until she says all they hope to hear about what it's like to be a captive.
I just find these vitriolic accusations saddening.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"