Rejoicing... though kinda qualified
This morning I woke to the sound of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announcing that the Christian Peacemaker hostages had been freed by a multinational military operation.
What wonderful news to hear of the release of James, Harmeet, and Norman! And wonderful too that the "operation" was carried out without violence, though I'm not sure that this was done to honour the requests of the CPT team in the declaration I blogged on earlier or simply a fortunate circumstance attending the fact that the kidnappers were gone by the time the rescuers arrived. Indeed, the "rescue" of Private Jessica Lynch makes one inclined to doubt the official reports of "successful" operations until all the facts (including the stories of the captives) are in.
The real qualification, of course, is the fact that one of the hostages was brutally murdered, and we should remember Tom Fox even as we rejoice with the families of the freed ones. I'll remember Tom's witness as I give thanks this evening. I'll also remember with thanksgiving the many Muslims who lobbied for the release of the hostages.