Ex-Peacenick Hostage Won't Testify Against Terrorist Captors

I don't know whether to admire former hostage in Iraq Norman Kember for his principled stand or to think the worst about him for believing in those same principles which I think are misguided at best and evil at worst. The thought that one shouldn't testify against terrorists because they might receive the death penalty is so foreign to me that I'm speechless.

BBC News:

Former British hostage Norman Kember has said he is unlikely to testify at any trial over his kidnapping in Iraq....

Mr Kember told Channel 4 News he had been informed there had been arrests but said he faced a "moral dilemma" as he was against the death penalty.

The 74-year-old, who was opposed to the US-led action in Iraq, said he "can understand" what motivated the gang.

I take that back. Norman Kember is a first rate asshole. Clearly the modern peace movement is less about peace and more about hatred of the West and all it stands for.

Posted by: Rusty at 08:12 AM


1 Charge him with aiding terrorists. That is what he is doing.

Clearly, he is not on our side.

Posted by: Fred Fry at November 08, 2006 09:35 AM

2 All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is
only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that
there can be no compromise on basic principles. Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966

Posted by: Privateer6 at November 08, 2006 10:16 AM

3 Sigh....Fool. I've been wathing the obsession vids Vinnie put up. When will they ever learn. Being for freedom or whatever to the extent that you tolerate the freedom of those against you to oppress, kidnap, behead, chop, slice, blow up your freedom is just silly. See what I mean these people will apply therr values to those who seek to destroy their values. Foolish, very foolish. And it will be very costly too. It's nice he cares for others in that way. But I don't recall Jesus calling for you to be nice and tolerant of pure evil.

Posted by: Howie at November 08, 2006 10:51 AM

4 Again, Rusty, I know you're just throwing red meat to these people. You can't possibly believe that an old man's principled commitment to oppose the death penalty is "evil" or demonstrates in any way that the peace movement "hates the West" (that's quite a non sequitur there by the way)...

But just for the record. What's wrong with allowing a convicted terrorist to rot in jail forever? Do we really need to hang everybody?

Posted by: Professor von Nostrand at November 08, 2006 12:49 PM

5 Perfesser Von Nonsense.If you want terrorists to lounge around watching TV with free room and board, pay for it yourself.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at November 08, 2006 01:35 PM

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