Friday, January 27, 2006
It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Germans appear to have become the Western hostage of choice in Iraq. The enemy kidnapped two more this week, and al Jazeera is helpfully broadcasting their victory dance. More tellingly, the kidnappers aren't even bothering to denounce imperialism, call for Germany to withdraw its support for Iraq (such as it is), or demand the release of hostages. Their sole request:
The German hostages were seen speaking but Al-Jazeera did not broadcast any audio and the station did not report any demands beyond the hostages calling for German government intervention to secure their release.
My translation: "Let's cut to the chase. We're running out of weapons and IED supplies. How much can we get for these engineers?"
Germany, for its part, is more than willing to deal:
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described the video images as "distressing" and that his ministry's crisis unit was evaluating the recording.
Steinmeier said the German government would do everything it can to secure their release, telling reporters: "We will proceed with care. I promise that on behalf of the government."
I'm sure the crisis unit has al Jazz on its speed dial, eager to hear where they should send the bags of money.
Besides money, the group who is holding these Germans has a name which is the same as the so called “al-Tawhid trail” in Duesseldorf.
So do not be too surprised if like in the most recent hostage release drama when Germany freed the murderer of a US service member that there is also the release of fellow terrorists held in Germany.