The same day that the kidnappers freed American freelancer Jill Carroll, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) named her the recipient of its prestigious Courage in Journalism Award.
Shortly after the news broke of Carroll’s release, the IWMF announced that she would receive the Courage in Journalism Award. The award honors women who show an exceptional commitment to journalistic integrity despite imminent danger. The foundation gives the award to three journalists each year, and Carroll is the first recipient of 2006. It includes a cash prize of US$5,000. The foundation will honor the recipients at two awards dinners: one in New York on October 24 and the second in Los Angeles on November 2. The honorees typically spend the time between the dinners traveling across the country, participating in receptions and panel discussions
Such a nice gesture and so well deserved. In other development, the Monitor has put up a video of Jill addressing the staff at CSM headquarters in Boston. The video is very touching. I was thrilled to see that Jill is still her old self — a very animated and speedy talker. We love you Jill and can’t wait to see you.
So, I can stage a kidnapping hoax in Iraq and be praised for it? None of this makes sense and in case you forgot, here’s my take.
=== The Hoax ===
Jill Carroll’s faulty story has been proven to be the largest kidnapping hoax in the war in Iraq
Let’s break a few things down and we’ll see what we can come up with.
http://images.capitalnews9.com/media/2006/1/30/images/01___jillcarroll2.jpg Her first picture: She’s still dressed as an American but does that look like the face of a woman abducted at gunpoint by terrorists? Her face looks a little routine, if you ask me. She looks like she’s getting the first stage of the hoax out of the way and she’s just making a brief appearance. If this were truely a kidnapped woman, taken at gunpoint by terrorists, my guess is she’d be crying hysterically and begging for her life. But ask yourself a few questions.
And mark my words, ladies and gentlemen. If Jill Carroll ends up dead, it will be because of one thing and one thing only………….
It’ll be a choreographed killing, planned out to look real but ultimately make Jill Carroll look like a martyr for the Arab Woman. I can see it now.
“Poor Jill Carroll. She was killed because 6 Arab women weren’t released from US custody. Damn that President Bush. He doesn’t give in to terrorist’s demands and doesn’t release terror suspects. He killed Jill Carroll. Poor Jill Carroll. “
Sounds nice, huh?
She’ll die by her own hands. Sure, someone else may do the actual killing and they may even get it on video tape, but this whole ordeal is a hoax and if she dies it’ll be because she has requested it to “send a message.” My guess? The U.S. won’t give in to some lame terrorist group staging a kidnapping and Jill Carroll will miraculously escape or be rescued because they’ll finally realize they’re fighting a losing battle. She’ll either have to gather the guts of a martyr and actually die for the Arab woman’s cause or they’ll dream up some stupid rescue or escape story.
Analysis Written By: Republican Vet @ http://republicanvet.blogspot.com on 11Feb2006 before Jill Carroll’s “miraculous” release, after weeks of silence and multiple “failed” “execution deadlines.”
David, you’re right…it’s not worth it.
Dear Pax, I got an email from this same blogger. He sent the passage you quoted above to me to show how he had made assumptions and comments about Jill’s political and religious convictions in an attempt at sarcastic humor. So these statements were intended as just that: humor. Humor in very poor taste, perhaps, but humor. Not to be taken seriously.
DM, I think you and I are mostly in agreement here about the assumptions being made about Jill, but perhaps it’s just best to ignore these people. I think by responding we just add fuel to the fire.
Pax Americanna, why post this? Do you agree with this particular blogger? Does he/she have any more support for his/her statements than Aida Bainfield did earlier in this blog?
I think Jill’s attempts at objectivity may actually be having a negative effect. It is easy to project almost any opinions onto someone who does not project their own opinions into what they write or say.
Jill was sympathetic to common people affected by the war. True. She said so herself, but many people share this sympathy, myself included. She also spoke of being Christian and thanked her mother for raising her Catholic. Aside from this, she has said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about her motivations or beliefs. Anything else is pure speculation.
I will reference my previous post–has this person ever MET Jill or spoken with her? Did she actually pull him aside and share all this with this blogger? “She was hoping to peddle her scribblings when she got back, or so she claims.” I know that I never heard Jill say this. Did she write to this blogger and “claim” this to him/her?
Again, I’m so happy that people REALLY know what they’re talking about before all this BS pours out of their mouths and pens.