Fox News: “Italian Red Cross Hid Iraqi Insurgents in Exchange for Kidnapped Workers”
«Italy's Red Cross treated four Iraqi insurgents with the knowledge of the Italian government last year and hid them from U.S. forces in exchange for the freedom of two kidnapped aid workers, a top Italian Red Cross official said in an interview published Thursday.Clearly they were motivated by the fear of being targeted by terrorists, and confused as to how to practice the Hippocratic Oath. On their mind surely must have been the memory of an Italian agitator and emotional blackmailer in the guise of a journalist, compromised, and perhaps even in collusion with the enemy… That bit of political kabuki theater became a sign that as far as the terrorists are concerned, that Italians could be made manipulated by them. What’s lost is the respectful distant necessary to practice medicine in conflict could be undermined.
Maurizio Scelli, the outgoing chief of the Italian Red Cross, told the Turin newspaper La Stampa that he kept the deal secret from U.S. officials, complying with "a nonnegotiable condition" imposed by Iraqi mediators who helped him secure the release of Italians Simona Pari and Simona Torretta. They were abducted in Baghdad Sept. 7 and freed Sept. 28.»
They seem to also have been acting out of fear of reprisal by those same insurgents for having contact with Iraqi authorities and the Coalition:
«"Keeping quiet with the Americans about our efforts to free the hostages was an irrevocable condition to guarantee the safety of the hostages and ourselves," he told La Stampa. He said Letta agreed.»In other words, the kidnapping worked. The hostage-takers succeeded in scaring them into concealing the affair from authorities, and got their way with people who are only there to help the people these terrorists pretend to represent.
- Thanks muchly to Nicole.