Great news to see him free, but I have to agree with Bomb_Doctor, brave guys had to put their lives at risk to save some latter day missionaries who were seriously out of their depth. Interestingly enough Norman had also made a statement before he got kidnapped saying he didn't want a military operation to rescue him if he got abducted. B@llocks to that, if I get abducted on my next tour I would want to see the entirety of 22, SRR, Delta Force, SBS and any other hooligan busting down the door and putting serious lead into the kidnappers.
Hopefully this operation will put off some of these maniac abduction groups.
Good news that Mr Kember is free but I wholeheatedly agree with bomb_doctor and taz_man, that soldiers, not just british ones, have put their lives at risk gathering intel on his whereabouts and then getting him out. It places a large drain on the resources of not only the british army but also the already overburdened Iraqi police and army. It should serve as a lesson to anyone who wants to go out there with NGOs or on their own. Let the people who have the ability to do the job get on with it instead of hindering everyone.
Glad we've got him out, and that he is "reasonably" well (direct from Sky News that one).
Can we now expect him to give a few talks to other aspiring lunatics on the dangers of rocking up in Iraq with a bag full of goodies and just good will to protect you?
He may have signed a thingy saying NO to military intervention, this is the first I have heard of it and shows an interesting insight in to the mindset of these fools, but I bet he was happy as larry to see them burst through the door!!! I can't quite see him in his orange jumpsuit shouting "NO, force is wrong, put me back in to my squalid hell hole prison" as they chuck him on the back of a truck and speed him to safety.
[duty cynic]I can only hope that no one was killed by the rescuers in the raid, or we can probably expect to see more soldiers in the Old Bailey on murder charges or charges against infringing the human rights of the kidnappers or some such drivel.[/duty cynic]
To the lads, of all nationalities, who put it on the line and got them out, well done!!! and I hope none were injured or killed doing it. That would truely be tragic.
Having read the 'Your Comments' section on the BBC (link is at the bottom of the news article) I am stunned by the self-loathing of some of people.
More than one person is claiming that the whole kidnapping was a George Bush conspiracy to silence a group that has allegedly exposed human rights abuses by the US military in Iraq. WTF are these people on? They are also trying to claim that the fact that the yank that was captured with the other 3 was killed a few weeks ago was further evidence of American involvement. So a couple of old hippies go to Iraq to spread peace, love and flowers and evil George Bush colludes with muslim terrorists to get them kidnapped, shown on various arabic TV stations, kills one of his countrymen before betraying said cooperative ragheads to coalition forces. Ok, I can buy that?
Where do these idiots get their 'world picture' and perspectives on reality?
the US have praised the brave resucuers
Canada have thanked the courageuos soldiers
MoD have anounced an enquiry into whether excessive force was used in the op and are seeing if any soldiers can be prosecuted for war crimes.
I'll get my coat (perhaps Mr Kember should also acquire a coat and live in the UK for a while)
That the men were rescued is indeed an event at which we might rejoice. Wouldn't it be nice if certain people who have voiced their opposition (and contempt) of our forces actually possesed the grace and gonads to thank those self same people for their professioanlism and skill in extracting them?
Bruce Kent's short extract stated that we was glad Norman had been released 'however it had been done!'. An acknowledgement wouldn't have harmed his pacifist tendencies would it? Of course if being a pacifist is supreme them perhaps he should have continued to negotiate them out - after all, worked for the American didn't it!
Sometimes we Christians are so naive (for that read bl**dy stupid). The Bible says gentle as doves and as cunning as serpents - meaning work for peace but don't act in a way that not only denies it but exacerbates the conflict!
Thoughts are with the family who must be feeling their loss even more at the other two's release. Pride and admiration abounds for those who brought about the release.
I don't think this guy can really continue to preach the pacifist message, as I would imagine when the lads stormed in ready to rock and roll, he thanked god that there ARE such people in the world. It's the old conundrum isn't it if you want peace, you better bloody well prep for war.