Archbishop Kidnapped in Iraq (UPDATED)
Mosul is a base of operation for The Army of Ansar al Sunnah, and I suspect that this is their handiwork. Right: Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa at the UCIP World Congress 2004.Critical update 1/18/05: Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa freed! No ransom paid. Details at this post. Reuters:
The Catholic archbishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul was kidnapped Monday in what the Vatican called an "act of terrorism." Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told Reuters the Holy See had received news of the kidnapping of Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa in Mosul. The spokesman demanded his immediate release but gave no details of the abduction.BBC News:
A Catholic archbishop in the northern Iraq city of Mosul has been kidnapped by insurgents, the Vatican says. Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa, 66, was abducted from outside his church in the east of the city. The Vatican said in a statement that it deplored "in the firmest way such a terrorist act", and asked that the archbishop be freed immediately. There have been a number of attacks on Iraq's Christian minority. Two churches were bombed in Mosul in December.Developing..... More on Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa,
Casmusa, 66, leader of the city's Syrian Catholic community, was seized at around 5pm local time (1400 GMT) as he was about to enter his car, Father Faraj told AFP. The armed men tossed him into the trunk of their vehicle before speeding away, according to the priest, who follows the rival Chaldean rite. The Chaldean patriarch in Baghdad, Emmanuel Delly, said Casmusa "was abducted outside his home as he was returning from a pastoral visit in the diocese of Mosul". "He was abducted and taken off in a car. We don't know who took him, nor the reason why," Delly told the missionary news agency Misna by telephone.UPDATE II: There has been some discussion at other blogs as to the possible motivation for kidnapping the Archbishop, some speculating that this could be a simple act of extortion for money. However, one need look no farther than a recent communique from Abu Musab al Zarqawi to see why Christians in general have a great deal to fear in the Middle East. Al Qaeda in Iraq justified the recent murder of Amer Nayef saying he was "the deputy police chief of the Jews and Christians" and that Nayef's son was murdered because he "serves the pagan guard." The terrorists really believe that the liberation of Iraq was a reenactment of the Crusades. Iraq is just another chapter in the Crusades and who better to symbolize Christianity's victory than Archbishop Casmoussa? The deep paranoia of Muslims in the Middle East plays out in such a way that all Christians should now consider themselves targets. Jews who once lived in Arab countries can tell you what I am talking about. All Jews in Muslim lands are considered potential spies for the "Zionist entity." I suspect the same suspicions and paranoia will now scapegoat Christians as responsible for the ills of Iraqi society and as possible collaborators with the "Crusader forces."
I say my original plan still would be the most effective way to get out of this. And most of know what that plan is.
Posted by: Laura at January 17, 2005 04:02 PM
Posted by: greyrooster at January 17, 2005 07:51 PM
I hope His Eminence is all right.
Catholic Relief Services is sending millions of dollars and hundreds of volunteers to help Muslims in Indonesia. So much for winning the RoP over by our good works. Think any of their co-religionists eating, drinking and healing courtesy of the Catholic Church will speak out to condemn this?
(Sound of crickets).
Posted by: avenueBAlum at January 17, 2005 08:54 PM
Of course I can't fault the poor people involved in this disaster.
Islam,Budist,whatever,I had some ability to help the people.
Just hard to stomach this latest kidnaping. Sub humans involved here.
Hard to imagine coming to a political solution with this bunch. I really think there has to be a winner in this struggle or we will fight each other until the end.
Posted by: Brad at January 17, 2005 11:42 PM
I haven't got a clue as to why they would abduct a well-known archbishop but there will be hell to pay if he's killed.
Posted by: firstbrokenangel at January 18, 2005 12:13 AM
Posted by: Lorenzo at January 18, 2005 01:16 AM
Yup, we all know what that solution is but when I say it I get called an ignorant scumbag!! Yeah right!
Posted by: firstbrokenangel at January 18, 2005 02:29 AM
Posted by: greyrooster at January 18, 2005 05:48 AM
Posted by: greyrooster at January 18, 2005 06:01 AM
Posted by: Dave at January 18, 2005 08:24 AM
If you have a tendency toward right-brained activity and solve problems creatively and flexibly to come up with lots of solutions. Your main disadvantage is getting bored with detail and wanting to rush on to the next challenge without having resolved previous issues.
You could, of course, have centered-brain activity, with both sides working in equilibrium. This mental elasticity enables you to comfortably apply either an analytical or a creative approach. You may, however, not be either systematic or imaginative enough, which could undermine your depth of understanding or limit your ability to switch between left-and right-brained decisions. What part do you use? I can provide boosting tips, if you wish. I hope I've helped you to get "a clue".
Posted by: Anti War at January 18, 2005 08:44 AM
Posted by: Laura at January 18, 2005 09:17 AM
Posted by: Anti War at January 18, 2005 09:45 AM
Posted by: Laura at January 18, 2005 04:50 PM
Secondly, your a small time academic nerd. So obvious its getting boring.
Posted by: greyrooster at January 18, 2005 07:48 PM
Posted by: Anti War at January 19, 2005 09:53 AM
Posted by: greyrooster at January 19, 2005 07:03 PM
Processing 0.01, elapsed 0.0062 seconds.
15 queries taking 0.0042 seconds, 25 records returned.
Page size 17 kb.
Powered by Minx 0.7 alpha.