Thursday, August 24, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Tom Cruise and the Two Abducted Fox News Journalists

While I in no way condone the abduction of journalists, I really don't understand why anybody would want to kidnap anyone from FOX News. I mean, it's not as though that organization is particularly well known and respected for its unbiased accuracy in journalism. So, when two of their employees are kidnapped in Gaza and forced to appear in front of a camera to claim that they are safe and being treated humanely, most people are not going to believe them, simply due to the fact that they work for FOX News.

Seriously, whatever group it was that abducted these two journalists is better off just releasing them, because the American mainstream media (including FOX News) seems far too busy following the JonBenet Ramsey case to even notice; and those who do are particularly critical of the fact that it's an "unfamiliar" Palestinian group that is (supposedly) holding them.

It seems to me that if this mysterious "rookie team" HONESTLY wants to negotiate the release of Muslim prisoners in the United States, then it must first establish a reputation for itself as an organization that can be reasoned with; and the best way to do that is by releasing their two captives as a sign of good faith. That way, in the future if they ever tried to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the West (which sadly seems almost inevitable), the world would remember them not as the group that abducted the two FOX News journalists, but rather as the organization that released them unharmed... which therefore, cannot be all that bad.

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