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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Why Was Jill Carroll Spared?

I was quite uncomfortable when, after she was freed, Jill Carroll continued to speak favorably of her captors.I was a bit confused by her elaborate traditional Muslim dress, too. I kept my fingers crossed, and said to myself, "Please don't make her a carbon-copy of the British missionaries who were so ungracious - make that "hateful" - after their rescue.

But sadly, it would appear that my concerns were justified, even though the MSM (including Fox) is giving her the green light in every respect.

Here's some stuff that Debbie Schlussel has found out:


Here's a note to you bloggers--especially the suddenly blind conservative ones--who want Jill Carroll to be what she is not. Please read it VERY CAREFULLY and S-L-O-W-L-Y, as some of you seem to have premature articulation and reading comprehension problems (that includes National Review Online's Jim Geraghty a/k/a "Jimmy Carter Geraghty," so nicknamed for his apparent propensity to ignore truths about pro-Islamists when they are right in his face):

Over the last few months, since Jill Carroll was kidnapped and upon her release, I posted her REAL views (here and here). They remain her views, and she has NOT denied or disavowed them. I never once cited a video that was made in captivity, as others did and as others are now claiming I owe an apology for. I do not. They owe me an apology for projecting the video onto my work. And for pretending to be able to read, when clearly they cannot.

The facts remain the same, as do the unfortunate, continuing plagues of blindness, deafness, and dumbness that have struck all of those who have some bizarre fantasy about their new unworthy heroine, a far-left "journalist," Jill Carroll.

Facts Are Stubborn Things: Jill Carroll's Extremist Friends, Views NOT Refuted
Jill Carroll was a close friend of the late Code Pinko Marla Ruzicka a/k/a "Treasonatrix Barbie." Ruzicka's group helped raise money for Islamic insurgents in Fallujah who burnt our contractors to a crisp. They also raised money for Palestinian terrorists in Gaza and the West Bank. You can tell a lot about a person by the company she keeps. And that was with whom Jill Carroll kept company.

Then, there's Jill Carroll's former employer, the anti-Semitic, anti-American Jordan Times (for whom she CHOSE to work), long ago made the following statement about her (which, to date, she has NEVER contradicted or disavowed):

The kidnappers who abducted her could not have chosen a more wrong target. True, Jill is a US citizen. But she is also more critical of US policies towards the Middle East than many Arabs. . . . Jill has been from day one opposed to the war, to the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
More than just being sympathetic with average Iraqis under war and occupation, Jill is a true believer in Arab causes.

From Arabic food to the Arabic language, Jill has always wanted to know and experience as much as possible about Arab identity, and she is keen on absorbing it, learning, understanding and respecting it.

She doesn't just "like" Arab culture, she loves it. . . . It is simply unconscionable for any Arab to want to harm a person like her.

Again, neither of these things has anything to do with the video Jill Carroll made. Nada. Zippo. And yet, Jill Carroll has not provided any evidence to the contrary. Because there is none. Facts are stubborn things.

It's a shame I've had to post this THREE times, and yet it still doesn't sink in for quite a few of you. It's not rocket science, people.

Then, there are the radical U.S.-based Islamist groups I wrote about, which spent a ton of time, effort, and resources to get Jill Carroll released. They are groups like LIFE for Relief and Development (which gave millions to HAMAS and is believed to be funding Iraqi insurgents), HAMAS-front group CAIR, and the rabidly anti-Semitic, pro-HAMAS/Hezbollah Congress of Arab American Organizations and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

These groups were nowhere to be seen for the following U.S. hostages, some of whom have since been murdered, but some of whom remain alive: Tom Fox, Ronald Schulz, Jack Hensley, Eugene (Jack) Armstrong, Nicholas Berg, Jeffrey Ake, Sadeq Mohammed Sadeq, Aban Elias, and Keith Maupin.

Not a peep out of the American Islamist groups for them, even the two Arab-American ones (Sadeq and Elias).

So ask yourself--ye blind worshippers of Jill Carroll--why did these rabidly Islamist groups in the U.S. go out on a limb for Jill Carroll, and no-one else? So, Jimmy Carter Geraghty and others, I'm waiting for your answer. But I know one will never be forthcoming. (As for Jim, his e-mail address indicates he's in Turkey, so perhaps he, too, like Jill Carroll is writing "in captivity," or perhaps he's seen "Kurtlar Vadisi - Irak" one too many times.)

To sum up, I never cited the video, but I did cite these 3 heretofore unrebutted facts (her recanting of the video notwithstanding):

1) Jill Carroll worked, by her choice, for an Islamist newspaper that said she shares its anti-American, anti-Israel views (no reason to doubt that, she worked for them by her choice);

2) Jill Carroll was close friends with an American who worked for Code Pink (funding and helping terrorists);

3) Jill Carroll was unique among ALL American hostages in Iraq in getting the mammoth effort by U.S. Islamist groups (all of whom support terrorists and oppose the war in Iraq) to secure her release. They know what she stands for.

And it should be obvious to you, too.

As for any calls for an apology, the apology is owed to ME by all the premature articulators out there who didn't read closely and falsely claimed I cited the video. I did not.

Jill Carroll's views and Islamist, terror-supporting friends in the U.S. remain the same. Time for all of you to get LASIK so you finally see it.


Posted by Debbie on April 2, 2006 01:59 PM to Debbie Schlussel
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4 Comments:

Blogger Iran Watch said...

I'm not a big fan of Debbie Schlussel but often she is right on target. I'm sure she is right that the kidnappers cannot have taken a worse hostage. All in all, I'm still glad she was released. Now if we can find some way to shut her up.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:37:00 am  
Blogger Benue said...

The woman was kidnapped and held for 3 months. She was released less than a week ago and you're still bashing her. Can't you just her and her family be for a while? When Jill Carroll starts writing crap again, then you can attack her again. But for now, could you find another target?

Oh yeah, I need Lasik too, I'm sick of wearing contact lenses, and glasses take away my periferal vision.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 5:08:00 am  
Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

Well said. Perhaps she has gotten together with Nick Berg's Dad already. Her state of mind must be quite disturbed after all of this, but the whole affair weirds me out. I'm glad she was not murdered in any case, but we should be remembering her Iraqi interpreter who was murdered before her eyes, not her absurd views.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 2:05:00 pm  
Blogger Atlantic Review said...

Thanks for writing about Marla Ruzicka. Today is the anniversary of her tragic death. I remember her in the Atlantic Review: Civilian Victims of War. She did advance U.S. interests:Marla: Reconciliation. Thanks.

Sunday, April 16, 2006 10:06:00 am  

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