Pacifist hostage ungrateful after rescue

Kember does not believe “that a lasting peace is achieved by armed force.”

Are still at war with

GermanyandJapan, Kember (…and the list goes on…)?

Is Kember annoyed he was rescued?

Was his contempt for “armed force” the reason he failed to thank his “armed” rescuers?

Freed hostage Norman Kember thanked the soldiers who rescued him from kidnappers in Iraq as he arrived home.

But, in a statement released as he was reunited with wife Pat at Heathrow airport, he said he did not believe armed force achieved lasting peace.

He had faced criticism after apparently failing to thank the men who freed him.

Mr Kember, 74, a peace campaigner from Pinner, London, was kidnapped in Iraq last November. He and two Canadian hostages were rescued on Thursday.

Tribute paid

Head of the British Army, Gen Sir Mike Jackson, had said he was “saddened” there did not seem to be any gratitude after the rescue of Mr Kember, James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32.

But on Saturday, Mr Kember said: “I do not believe that a lasting peace is achieved by armed force, but I pay tribute to their courage and thank those who played a part in my rescue.”

Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid tribute to the soldiers involved in the rescue while Foreign Secretary Jack Straw urged people planning to undertake humanitarian work in Iraq to think again. Source

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Posted on March 25, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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