Word has come thru of the discovery in Iraq of the body of peace activist Tom Fox.
Tom Fox, the Virginia peace activist ... has been found dead, a State Department spokesman said last night. The FBI verified that a body found in Baghdad on Thursday morning was that of Fox, according to the State Department. It was not immediately clear last night when he had been killed or how. Nothing was said immediately about the circumstances leading to the discovery of the body. [...]
Fox disappeared Nov. 26 in Baghdad, along with Norman Kember, 74, of Britain, and James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, both of Canada. The four worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams, a Toronto- and Chicago-based group that opposes the Iraq war and has criticized treatment of detainees in U.S. and Iraqi jails.
UPDATE: 6:19 PM, PT: AP report with additional detail on the death of Tom Fox. His body indicated, from the wounds, that he was tortured before he was shot in the head and chest. His hands were bound.
Last year, within days of the abduction of the 4, Media Matters documented Rush Limbaugh's ditto head take on christians abducted in-country, while there opposing the war, working as peace activists within Iraq.
Yeah, all right. Now, let's take this at face value just for a moment.
This could all be BS. I mean, we've never heard of the Swords of Righteousness Brigade. This could all be a stunt, but let's take it -- well, let's take it both ways.
We'll take it face value at first, then we'll look at it as a stunt second. I said at the conclusion of previous hours
-- part of me that likes this. And some of you might say, "Rush, that's horrible. Peace activists taken hostage." Well, here's why I like it. I like any time a bunch of leftist feel-good hand-wringers are shown reality.
So here we have these peace activists over there. I don't care if they're Christian or not. They're over there, and as peace activists, they've got one purpose. They're over there trying to stop the violence. Now, if this German group fits the mold, they are probably blaming the United States and coalition forces for all of this.
Authorities tell ABC News they are investigating Limbaugh for money laundering violations, involving "30 to 40" just-under-$10,000 withdrawals from US Trust bank, structured to avoid Federal currency reporting requirements.
[18 November 2003]
But more importantly, they believe that if they just go there, like these idiotic human shields before the war, if they just go there -- "Mr. Limbaugh, it's real simple, something you wouldn't understand because you've never been to conflict resolution. But it's real simple. If we go there, and we show them that we are people of peace, and that we want to stop the violence, and that we don't hold them responsible, they will see and understand that this is the way to bring peace."
Imagine, for a moment, had they been there church planting or attached to Franklin Graham's West Wing sponsored Samaritan's Purse (reported as inside Iraq first!). Oh, I do believe the entire Right Wing Wurlitzer, in all its bellows and buffoons, would assemble... a new casus belli would be called forth. Or their bodies discovered, mysteriously, in Iran.
LIMBAUGH: They wouldn't have been kidnapped because they wouldn't have been there in the first place if Bush hadn't gone and caused the war and created all these terrorists.
I mean, these people are liberals, they're warped. Well, I mean, that's why there's -- I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this.
Probably, even with this, though, you know, they're not going to see the light of day. They're not going to -- I know, let them take me out of context. I don't care anymore.
I hope no one thinks I thought Saturday morning, in liberal leftischer blogoland, needed yet another story about Pill Boy.
No, this got written up, at the instance of yet another wholly tragic martyr, to contemplate the Bush Family Greed (themselves fixers and enablers for generations) which has met the Great American Emptiness - and to deliver this tidbit from Rush's personal timeline:
Marries third wife Marta Fitzgerald [27 May, 1994] a 35-year-old aerobics instructor he met on Compuserve.
The two are married in Justice Clarence Thomas' house, with the ceremony officiated by Thomas himself. Also in attendence were William Bennett, James Carville and Mary Matalin.
- only consider this line up of eminent personages if you are not eating. It's an appetite killer. And remark on the vast moral emptiness of our so called governing class. They are all, with heartbreakingly few exceptions, pundits, lobbyists, TV/radio personalities, war mongers, campaign managers, consultants, titans of various cash industries, fixers and enablers and too many of these same people revolve in and out of academia (Ken Starr, Condi Rice, Larry Summers) and / or the military.
And in some cases are on the SC. For life.
Have a pill. Or two or three... Hell, it might even help.