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Friday, March 31, 2006

Keyboard bravery

Jill Carroll, Christian Science Monitor

Jill Carroll Update

Jill Carroll Update

According to this report, Jill Carroll was under pressure from the group that kidnapped her while taping "Jill Carroll's kidnappers reportedly warned her before her release that she might be killed if she cooperated with the Americans or went to the Green Zone, saying it was infiltrated by insurgents."

"Bergenheim said Friday that Carroll's parents, who spoke to her about the video, told him it was "conducted under duress.-When you're making a video and having to recite certain things with three men with machine guns standing over you, you're probably going to say exactly what you're told to say," Bergenheim added."

I hope that clears up a few things for the likes of "Little Green Footballs" who attacked her immediately upon her release. Here's some comments that are approved by Charles Johnson about Jill:

"I've been watching this traitor bitch fawn all over her captors this morning. "Nice furniture, safe, nice clothes, they NEVER threatened me". I'm very glad you were so comforatble while working to undermine our efforts in Iraq. Now, wipe that muslim DNA from your face and confess to pre-planning this?"

"She's probably coming home with a suitcase full of cash (her kickback) and a dose of the clap."

Constitutionally protected hate speech" found there.

Maybe this will answer some of Kurtz's questions from his column today since he too found her statements a little odd. Aaron emailed me and nominated Howard to take Ben's place:

"Read your column today with interest, particularly the insinuation that "odd" behavior by a woman just released from 3 months as a hostage was somehow unusual. Enjoyed how you passed off the smear of Jill Caroll as un-American or a terrorist sympathizer: since, after all, "that's what people are talking about." Way to tamp down the intemperate political discourse! After this bravura performance, I think Mr. Brady's choice for a right-wing blogger to balance out Dan Froomkin is obvious. He wouldn't even need to pay a cent more! Your column can simply be labeled, "Opinion: Media Notes." I'm sure the browbeating from the White House would stop."

Update: Apparently Charles is still unhinged:"Note that all of these statements seem to come from the family, not from Carroll herself."

Jonah Goldberg follows suit. No Jonah, if anyone that was for this war was captured and returned safely-I would be celebrating their release. That's something you obviously can't comprehend.

Ok, we have people here who have been to SERE, the military's training on escape and surviving captivity. Please comment on her activities as per your training.

Because I have never heard as much asshatery as I have today. Iraqis usually kill their captives, often in grusome ways. If she had to suck a room full of dicks to get out, that's what she had to do. And it seems they respected her, and didn't ask that from her.

Goldberg would probably have begged to get fucked by them. And Kurtz? What the fuck is wrong with him. He should know better.

This isn't a game, this is life and death, and if part of the reason they didn't chop her head off and personally, I thought they would find her headless body in the street, is that she respected them, good for her. She did what she had to do to survive and can get on with her life. These men don't have her courage or brains, and thus attack her because they know what snivelling cowards they would turn into.

Jill Carroll is a heroine. Pure and simple. The people attacking her are scum not fit to wipe her ass.

posted by Steve @ 6:41:00 PM

6:41:00 PM

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