Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Mr. President, will you help?

Jan 25, 2005- Roy Hallums, 56, an American who was kidnapped in November in Iraq was recently seen via a televised feed, pleading for his life, a rifle pointed at his head. He was quoted as saying he was being held hostage because he “worked with American forces”.
Interestingly, Hallums’ pleas were directed to Arab leaders to intervene. Another interesting point was that he did not appeal to the United States and President Bush, instead, his family did, urging the President to help the captive. Perhaps Mr. Hallums was told what to say, perhaps not.

What is known is twelve Americans have been kidnapped or are missing in Iraq. At least three Americans have been killed — all beheaded in abductions claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The world watches and waits. How will the President and his advisors respond. What will be the official White House response; will they respond?; or will this difficult situation find itself in the hands of Rice?

Given the upcoming election, the U.S. may decide to postpone an official response and instead, send an ambiguous letter to the family that they will do as much as they can to mitigate the situation. I doubt they will go as far as using the keyword, “negotiate”.

And perhaps, if asked, Mr. President will memorialize Hallums by saying that he is a brave American who is suffering in the hands of terrorists. This is certainly a noble thing to say, given the true nature of its content, but just one last question: Mr. President, do you have any plans in getting Hallums, an American held hostage, released?

5 Comments:

Blogger Tara said...

I totally agree. I wouldn't blame Hallums if he did state that on his own rather than being forced. Such a sad situation.

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