I deliberately stayed away from all news sources during the Christmas holidays to give myself a break from the daily dose of death and destruction. Now that I’m back behind the computer screen, things are not looking any better.
One particular news item is disturbing me a great deal: The abduction of Jordanian driver Mahmoud Salman Saidat. A group calling itself the "Hawks Brigade" has claimed the abduction and is demanding the release of failed Iraqi bomber Sajida in exchange for his freedom. Since the Jordanian government has already turned down their demands, saying they will not be "blackmailed" by kidnappers, Saidat’s chance of survival looks very slim. My prayers go out to Saidat’s family during theses very difficult times.
The kidnappers’ demand reminds me of a rumor that — according to my friends and family members — has been circulating in Amman for quite a while and is causing some panic. The rumor goes that Zarqawi is planning to kidnap a number of young Jordanian women in exchange for the release of Sajida! Of course it is a baseless and ridiculous rumor but it has managed to create quite a state of fear among some, at least for a while.
On the issue of panic post the Amman attacks, make sure to read Rami’s post.
Now Yemen says if they do it once they will do it again.
German Diplomat kidnapped
Ther is only one way to deal with terrorist and that is the way terrorist deal with the rest of the world. It is sad that the world must do this, but it must be done.
Yes, the driver’s family has spoken. Of course that was the first thing to check.
i do not know much abbout this story, because i have not bothered to read up on the news during my break, but what if this is all made up? has the driver’s family spoken up? do we know of his family? because what if this is one of their guys and they are just doing this to get their person back? am not sure but what if that is the case?
When governments give in to kidnappers demands you can only expect more and more of the same.
Mohhammed Ali Hamadi released by Germany
He was released 2 days after a German woman in Iraq was released. I don’t buy that this is a coincidence.
Thank you Hamzeh. Same to you:-)
All I can do right now is ask God to be with this poor driver and that these kidnappers realize that what they’re doing is wrong and that if they go ahead with their threats, they will have killed an innocent soul for the freeing of a person who was about to murder a dozen more innocent souls.
I know this is late, but merry Christmas Natasha.