The retired Col and current rent-a-quote Col Collins: 'He Got What he Deserved' Updated: 03:45, Tuesday May 09, 2006 Former Army colonel Tim Collins has said peace activist Norman Kember "got what he deserved" when he was kidnapped in Baghdad. Mr Kember should have stuck to helping Christian groups in other areas of the country, rather than "hobnobbing with Sunni extremists", Colonel Collins told the Oxford Union. He also called Mr Kember "bloody naive" and "very lucky" not to have been killed. Mr Kember, 74, of north-west London, was seized together with four other peace activists in Baghdad in November. One of the men, American Tom Fox, was found dead in Baghdad two weeks before the others were freed in a multi-national military operation involving the SAS and other forces in late March. Commenting on Col Collins' rebuke of Mr Kember, peace activist Maureen Jack defended the committed Christian. The part time volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Teams said: "My own view is that if you are unaware of the risks, if you don't take the effort to acquaint yourself with the risks and go out there, that's naive. "If you go in knowing and accepting the risks, as I believe the four men did, I don't think its naive. "I think that people who are moved to do this and make the commitment like Norman Kember did, do so in acceptance of the risks because they feel there are more things more important then their personal safety." Copyright Sky News http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13522799,00.html Sound words there, I feel - but obviously others do not. I especially like the bit at the end by the apologist - there are things more important than their own safety - yes, the safety of all the poor bsatards who risk their lives getting info on his whereabouts, negotiating with hoods, and rescuing him. What's the ARRSE view?