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The Tragedy of Tom Fox By: Andrew Walden
FrontPageMagazine.com | Saturday, April 08, 2006


Tom Fox, the Virginia peace activist who was found murdered in Iraq in March, may have been a pacifist. But as a member of the misnamed Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), Fox and his cohorts did everything they could to aid the propaganda war against American troops.

CPT constantly complained that our troops are too rough on detainees—especially in interrogation. CPT’s sympathies moreover were wholly with the terrorists captured by the U.S. troops. Thus they charged that the “human rights” of “thousands of Iraqis” were under assault by brutal U.S. and U.K. forces, by whom they were “detained illegally.”

In spite of this, Fox and three other CPT activists were kidnapped by these very same terrorists, operating under the name, “Swords of Righteousness Brigade” on November 26, 2005. Fox was held and tortured until the terrorists finally murdered him and, in a final act of humiliation, threw his body in a Baghdad garbage dump where it was found on March 9. The other three were rescued March 23 by U.S. and U.K. forces who had learned of their location while interrogating a terrorist detainee.

Unlike Fox, most al-Qaeda apologists in the West spread their lies, half-truths, and disinformation from safe and privileged perches. They are well protected from the terrorists they cheer by the very American soldiers they spit on. Fox was different. After years spent apologizing for and justifying violence -- so long as it was against the United States -- Tom Fox finally came face-to-face with his allies. They repaid his service by kidnapping, torturing and killing him. Fox did not quite die for his beliefs, but he did die because of his beliefs.

Osama-bin Laden explains in a recently released letter to Taliban leader Mullah Omar: “It is obvious that the media war in this century is one of the strongest methods (of struggle). In fact, its ratio may reach 90 percent of the total preparation for battles." Tom Fox and likeminded antiwar activists make up a crucial part of that “90 percent of the total preparation for battle.”

The same is true for those who, like Fox, were taken hostage by the same “Muslim brothers”--the CPT’s preferred label for terrorist detainees--whose cause they championed. Their statements under duress are indistinguishable from their statements before and after they were freed. When the three survivors were rescued by U.S. and British forces, CPT issued a statement urging “Christians” to demand "justice and respect"--not for 25 million Iraqi civilians--but for the terrorists detained in Iraq.

Ironically it was a detainee interrogation by allied forces that elicited the information leading to the liberation of the CPT captives. Perhaps the interrogators softened up the detainee with loud rock and roll music, cold air conditioning and barking dogs. CPT has been in the forefront of trying to convince Americans that such techniques constitute “torture.”

CPT is not just a fringe group. Some of their adherents are at the center of the religious Left, including Rick Ufford-Chase, chief moderator of the 3.2-million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). CPT leaders include former CNN reporter Jerry Levin. According to the CPT website: “When he was CNN's Beirut Bureau Chief, Jerry Levin was kidnapped and held hostage by the Hezbollah for almost a year (in 1984-85). Yet when he was released, instead of saying an unkind word about his captors, Levin decided to devote his life to giving voice to “peoples silenced by foreign policies that often victimize the innocent.”

From the fact that so many of its leaders are experienced hostages, one further has to conclude that CPT is in the grip of a particularly acute form of Stockholm syndrome—the psychological phenomenon of captives who begin identifying with their captors. As always, however, the anti-American Left is unwilling to face facts: Islamofascists are not looking for allies. They are looking for useful idiots to enlist in their battle against the West.

CPT activists have proven themselves eager recruits. By advocating for their terrorist captors, Western leftists make it clear they are willing to publicize the terrorists’ message. They would willingly sacrifice their lives—and our freedom—in the name of a false peace with mass murderers. This, in the end, was Tom Fox’s dark legacy.

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