Tom Fox, an innocent American civilian, was found murdered this morning in Iraq. He was among four Christian peace activists that were kidnapped last year. A video shown last week on Al-Jazeera featured only three of the four hostages. The fact that Mr. Fox was missing caused a great deal of concern.
The day before he was kidnapped he wrote, “As I survey the landscape here in Iraq, dehumanization seems to be the operative means of relating to each other. U.S. forces in their quest to hunt down and kill “terrorists” are as a result of this dehumanizing word, not only killing “terrorists”, but also killing innocent Iraqis: men, women and children in the various towns and villages.”
This was quite an unfortunate and ironic turn of events. Human Rights activists are frequently targeted by insurgents in Iraq. Here is a short list of a few of these activists that were intentionally killed by Iraqi terrorists; Mohammed Adnan, Ali al-Shamaa, Sergio Vieira de Mello, Margaret Hassan, Arthur C. Helton, Fern L. Holland, Khalil Ibrahim, Abu Karar and Marla Ruzicka.
Iraqi terrorists also favor the targeting of foreign civilians (as well as Iraqi civilians). Here is a very incomplete list of foreign civilians that were deliberately murdered; Ihab al-Sherif, Eugene Armstrong, Enzo Baldoni, Nicholas Berg, Kenneth Bigley, William Bradley, Jean Dover Elliott, Larry Elliott, Jack Hensley, Ivailo Kepov, Shosei Koda, Dalibor Lazarevski, Gregori Lazov, Dragan Markovic, David McDonnall, Zoran Naskovski, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, Akihiko Saito, Ronald Schulz, Salvatore Santoro, Kim Sun-il, Steven Vincent and Karen Denise Watson.
There have been approximately 200 foreign civilians taken hostage in Iraq and hundreds more Iraqi civilians. These killings and kidnappings produce the publicity that Iraqi terrorists need. Inevitably, the US is blamed for all of these atrocities. That is why they continue their campaign of brutality, because it works... Not because they are oppressed.
Tom Fox was a brave man. I commend him for his humanitarianism. He went to Iraq to help the Iraqi people and to oppose the US occupation. However, the US treated him humanely while the people he went to protect killed him. If you learn anything from this, please learn that you shouldn’t be a lemming.