Sunday, July 08, 2007

No good deed goes unpunished

You always have to go on High Irony Alert when one of these hostage releases takes place. According to Times Online, Alan Johnston's kidnappers are disgusted that there is just no gratitude in this Allah-forsaken world:
[...] The kidnappers expressed bizarre resentment that Johnston, 45, had done nothing to thank them for their hospitality while they held him at gunpoint in a tiny cell.

“We used to give him everything he wanted,” Abu Zobayer, an aide to Dagmoush, said.

“We spent £70 on his food every week. The Matouk restaurant [one of the best eateries in Gaza] got rich because we had to feed him.”

Johnston has said that he fell ill from the food he was served. Zobayer commented: “It’s not our problem that we gave him everything and he only ate a little.”
I hear the Hostage Journalist's Plate comes with a free drink.
Although they did not torture him physically, the kidnappers seemed to have no concept of the psychological torture they were inflicting on the BBC correspondent.

“We had people with him all the time to try to help him to relax,” said Zobayer.

“We gave him a radio so that he could listen to his own channel. I myself sat with him to try to make him feel comfortable and feel that he will be released.” [...]
(Hat Tip: Discarded Lies)

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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