:: Sunday, 1 May 2005 ::
Cripes, Zarqawi's group behind kidnapping of Douglas Wood? NOPE- see update below
Last night, it appeared that Zarqawi may have another card to play: a videotape showed a kidnapped Australian who identified himself as Douglas Wood, begging for his life and surrounded by gunmen. While it was not clear whether a Zarqawi-affiliated group was holding the man, al-Qaeda terrorists have bought hostages from criminal gangs and beheaded them.
No, no, no, on the beheadings. This group was specifically identified by Woods as patriotic Iraqis, not spazz Jornaian bootlicking headsevering foreign violent Islamic thugs maniacs. Zarqawi is a foreigner. His team is likely foreign - can you imagine the Iraq the Model boys getting their hands on Zarqawi? I do not think Ol Z would last long given all he has done to keep the country from progressing to peaceful democracy.
UPDATE: According to a terrorism expert from ANU I think, the group that has Douglas Woods is not Zarqawi related, and the expert believes Douglas Woods snatched because he is a westerner and not because of his Oz status. Also the expert said he understood that Douglas Wood was without security when he was snatched. Do not know where that info is - it is not on Google that I can find. But this expert reckons the kidnappers are Islamists. And the demand as expressed by Douglas Woods for removal of Oz and other troops had nothing to do with Ismalism. It had to do with Iraqi isolationism and hatred of foreigners.
What the heck is this expert going about? I wonder...
:: WB 3:31 pm [link+] ::