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June 26, 2005

There's An Idea

Via Rodger, this cool story from The Australian:

Ex-hostage hires bounty hunters

A hostage held alongside Australian Douglas Wood in Iraq has hired bounty hunters to track down his former captors, promising to eliminate them one by one.

Swede Ulf Hjertstrom, who was held for several weeks with Mr Wood in Baghdad, was released by his kidnappers on May 30.

Mr Hjertstrom has since claimed he shared information with US and Iraqi troops about Mr Wood which led to the release of the 63-year-old Australian engineers two weeks ago, after 47 days in captivity.

Now, he wants to find those responsible.

'I have now put some people to work to find these bastards,' he told the Ten Network today.

'I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one.'

i guess he didn't buy into that whole Stockholm Syndrome nonsense. Gotta love it.

More: i found this apalling story about the Australian hostage Douglas Wood at Andi's World. It shouldn't shock me, yet somehow it does.

It seems that lunacy isn't exclusive to American journalists. After Douglas Woods, the Australian contractor kidnapped in Iraq, was freed from captivity, he actually expressed his true feelings for his captors by calling them a**holes. These remarks have drawn the ire of one Andrew Jaspan, editor of a left-wing newspaper in Australia.

Jaspan tells us that Woods went way too far with his remarks:

Said Jaspan: "I was, I have to say, shocked by Douglas Wood's use of the a---hole word, if I can put it like that, which I just thought was coarse and very ill-thought through and I think demeans the man and is one of the reasons why people are slightly sceptical of his motives and everything else.

Woods greatest sin was to say "God Bless America" and praise American and Iraqi forces. Apparently, Jaspan thinks Woods should have been more grateful to his captors and a little less grateful to the forces who freed him. After all, his captors didn't torment him too badly.

Well, unless you count kidnapping him, kicking him in the head, keeeping him blindfolded and bound for 47 days, shaving him bald, killing two of his colleagues, making him beg for his life, and -- according to Hjertstrom -- shooting several other prisoners in front of him.

Wow. What is wrong with the far left? And how can anyone on God's earth take them seriously? It makes me want to bang my head against a wall sometimes.

Australian lefties, while Woods was still in chains, used him as a prop in their crusade against the forces of "U.S. Imperialism." Now that he's free, and free to speak the truth, the lefties have no use for him. And in fact, now they've come to despise Mr. Woods.

But we know what Wood's real offence is, don't we?

Yes, he did not do as did SBS journalist and Left hero John Martinkus after his own brief captivity and declare his kidnappers were "not savages", and say Iraq was 'on the road to s---'.

INSTEAD, he roared 'God bless America' and praised the US-trained Iraqi soldiers -- Iraq's real freedom fighters -- who saved him, saying he was 'proof positive that the current policies of the American and Australian governments is the right one'.

It seems that to a Leftist, this makes Wood the boorish inferior of the killers who beat him and held him captive. It is why journalist Tracee Hutchinson, in an Age column, calls him a 'blustering buffoon', moaning: 'It was enough that his words God bless America had been played over and over on his release.'

Let me ask younger readers still deciding on their brand of politics. Wouldn't you blush to join this Left?


[Cross-posted at A Western Heart.]

Posted by annika, Jun. 26, 2005 |
Rubric: annikapunditry


$50K? Better be getting heads in boxes at that price.

Posted by: Casca on Jun. 26, 2005

i just got back from ocean city.

thanks for the interest.

now i have to think up something to post. hmmmm...

p.s. Rodger Schultz was my first favorite blog - he's a riot.


Posted by: nikita demosthenes on Jun. 26, 2005

This Andrew Jaspan is a intellectual cripple.

HOW EASY IT IS to tell others how to react to their most horrifying experience. Truth is, Jaspan is not so much concerned with Wood's naughty words as he is with sympathizing with murders and thugs.

This is a very unfortunate aspect of liberalism. It generally sympathizes with the offender, not the victim.

I, too, shall now bang my head against the wall.

Posted by: Mark on Jun. 26, 2005

Yeah, and the fuckweasel left think Rove was sooo bad!!!! for speaking the truth. If that doesn't illustrate their idiotic insanity, I don't know what does.

And I hope Wood's bounty hunters do find the bastards.

Posted by: Beth on Jun. 26, 2005

Can you imagine how dangerous it would be for Western bounty hunters(if they are Western) to start searching these assholes out? Still, bounty hunters on a revenge mission is a Hollywood movie come to life. Were they younger, Stallone, Steven Segall, Van Damme, and Chuck Norris, at a minimum, would all be trying to find financing for this movie.

Who could most effectively take out the assholes:

Van Damme
Joe Don
Dog the Bounty Hunter
Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife
Lara Croft?

Posted by: gcotharn on Jun. 26, 2005

Wild cards:

O-Ren Ishii
Charles Bronson
Jason Bourne
Jack Bauer

Bonus Dialogue for chosen assassin to speak in Farsi:
"You and I have unfinished business!"

Posted by: gcotharn on Jun. 26, 2005

BTW, might there be ANY relationship between the mentality which produces a total of zero non-puppet WOT movies, and this headline from today:

"U.S. Box Office Hits Longest Modern Slump"

Naaaaahhh. Total coincidence, I'm sure.

Posted by: gcotharn on Jun. 26, 2005

That puppet WOT movie? Sucker made money. Lots of it. Also total coincidence, I'm sure.

Try this thought experiment:
What if the Southparkers had made a puppet anti-war movie which ripped Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and various Gulag-y enlisted war criminals. Would that movie have made as much money? Hint: Does anyone remember the huge success of the Southparkers' "That's My Bush" on Comedy Central?

Posted by: gcotharn on Jun. 26, 2005

Chef, here are the grid coordinates, your callsign is allmighty.

Posted by: Casca on Jun. 26, 2005

Speaking of puppets, wonder what Triumph the Insult Comic Dog would think of all this.

"Hirrring bounty hunterrrs to kill kidnapperrrs. Brrrilliant idea. For me to pooooop on."

Posted by: mark on Jun. 26, 2005

Annika wrote{Wow. What is wrong with the far left?}
uuhhmm, they are Stupid?, evil,? cowardly?, all of the above?

Posted by: Kyle on Jun. 27, 2005

Hjerström's boys have apparently caught up with two of his abductors...


Posted by: Billy McCormac on Jun. 30, 2005

Dog the bounty hunter could and would get in there and take these scrotes down, HARD!

Posted by: NightHunter on Sep. 7, 2005