Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Unwilling to pull the knife on Margaret Hassan, but willing to toture her, Hassan's kidnapers have threatened to hand her over to throat-cutting cultist Zarqawi.

The latest video released by the kidnapers was considered by al Jazeera too distressing to broadcast. Considering the scenes they have broadcast, we must ask whether they think it too distressing for their viewers or too damaging to the Islamist cause.

Irish PM Aherne continues to play the kidnapers game, which is to take their victims' families and communities hostage as well.

Until our media and our leaders learn the discipline not to support this "terrorist-driven, media-fuelled compassion campaign, as Janet Albrechtsen calls it, there will be an unending and increasing list of political victims of Islamist terrorism.