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al Qadea or its Iraqi ally, Jamaat al-Tawhid
Jihad grabs a hostage and threatens to behead
him if we don't pull our troops out of Iraq, Bush
needs to respond by sending 10,000 more troops
to the Mideast for each incident.
W. Bush and other world leaders followed that practiceadding
10,000 new troops each time a terrorist group killed a hostage from their
country, hostage taking and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi threats of beheading
kidnapped hostages would stop overnight. The new al-Qadea linked
Iraqi terrorist group Jamaat al-Tawhid Jihad has become the most
fearful terrorist group in the Arab world since it
videotaped the decapitations of telecommunications tower rigger Nicholas
Berg and Lockheed Martin employee Paul M. Johnson, Jr.
by Jordanian born Zarqawi's al Qaeda-linked Iraqi terrorists.
Johnson was decapitated on June 18
as Zarqawi videotaped the execution that was then sent to Al-Jazerra
TV. Saudi paramilitary police shot to death three Jamaat al Tawhid
Jihad members when they tried to dump Johnson's body. In the
gunfight that ensured, media reports suggest that other group members
escaped with Johnson's corpse which had not been recovered.
day before Johnsonwho had previously indicated to friends
and family members that he was seriously considering converting to Islamwas
brutally executed, Zarqawi kidnapped a 33-year old South Korean
translator, Kim Sun-Il. Kim who worked for Gana Trading
Company, which supplies heavy machinery for civil engineering projects.
Gana was one of a group of global corporations involved in the
rebuilding of Iraq's infrastructure.
Kim Sun-IL was kidnapped on June 17a
day before the government of South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun
announced that South Korea was sending 3,000 non-combat troops to Iraq.
Pressured to do so by the Bush Administration, South Korea's
decision was not popular with the populace which opposes deployment by
a margin of 57.5% to 40%. Gana Trading Company attempted, on June
18, to negotiate Kim Sun-Il's release by offering a ransom. Gana
Trading did not notify the South Korean government that one of their
employees had been taken hostage. Officials in South Korea did not know
the kidnapping had taken place until Kim appeared on Al Jazeera
begging for his life.
Terrorists gain as much from their victims
prior to their grisly executions if they can force them to beg their nations
for their live as they do the actual executions. Johnson refused
to cooperate. So did the one Italian contractor who was executed, when
he asked his captors to take the hood off his head so the world could
see how bravely Italian's die.
In the case of Kim Sun-IL, the translator,
in what was very likely a scripted message to his nation's leadership,
he said: "Please get out of here...I do not want to die. I want
to live. My life is important." Zarqawi added: "Our
message to you, the government of [South] Korea and the Korean peoplewe
call on you to withdraw your forces from our land and not send new additional
troops to this land." The "troops" Zarqawi referred
to consist of 660 army engineers and medical personnel that are involved
in only one Iraqi cityNasiriya, in southern Iraq, where they are
involved in humanitarian and economic rehabilitation projects.
Tragically, Kim's fate is already decided. Zarqawi knows
that no nation in the world will negotiate with him, nor will they negotiate
with any al Qaeda operatives. Interestingly, when Zarqawi
seized Kim on June 17, the terrorist had no knowledge that President
Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea would announce, the following day,
that his government was sending 3,000 troops to Iraq unless the al
Qaeda network has operatives working inside the South Korean governmentor
someone in the United States, high enough in the Congressional hierarchy
to be privy to that informationwho might also be interested in seeing
Bush's policy in Iraq failis leaking information to interested parties
in the Mideast. Roh is in a catch-22 quandary. If Kim is
executed, his popularity at homesuch as it iswill plummet.
If he snubs Bush's demand, Roh risks having the Bush Administration
pull a large contingent of the 37,000 American troops stationed in South
Korea, thereby jeopardizing the security of South Koreaand his own
When Zarqawi's demands were made public,
Ban Ki-moon, the South Korean Foreign Minister responded by saying:
"The Korean government is trying to help the Iraqi people, so
they should immediately and unconditionally release the Korean national.
My government's decision to dispatch our troops for the purpose of helping
the Iraqi people to rehabilitate their economy remains unchanged."
Our biggest problem is
that we are playing a chess game with terrorists like its a game of checkers.
We need to see a little more of the "Reagan cowboy" in Bush
and a little less of the "Clintonian diplomacy." Bush treats
the liberals in Congress like they are intelligent people that he should
fear rather than treating them like the political thugs and socialist
hacks they are. Bush needs to respond to the Middle East terrorists in
a more Reaganesque fashion. When Zarqawi demanded that America pull of
out Iraq or he would execute Nicholas Berg, Bush should have told him
that for every American civilian that is killed anywhere in the Mideast,
10,000 more American soldiers would be dispatched to Iraq.
AND THEN DO IT. We are the strongest nation in the world. It's about time
our enemies felt it. WHEN THEY ARE MORE AFRAID OF US THAN WE ARE OF THEM,
TERRORISM WILL STOP. And, not until. So, to our president I say: "Round
'em up, move 'em out...let's get them thair critters into the corral...or
bury them where they fall on the prarie...Ya-hah!"
Well, once again, you have my two cents