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Reaping What They Sow By: Ben Johnson
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A CPT activist "gets in the way" in Israel.

IT’S AS IF RACHEL CORRIE WERE KILLED BY THE PLO, and her parents blamed Israel, anyway. Yesterday, the previously unknown jihadist group “The Swords of Righteousness Brigade” took hostage four Westerners – including American Tom Fox – for allegedly acting as “undercover spies.” However, all four men belonged to Christian Peacemaker Teams, a “peace” organization of human shields that blamed 9/11 on American foreign policy, ran an “Adopt-a-Detainee” campaign, regularly interfered with Israeli anti-terror operations, trespassed at a U.S. military base during wartime, has waged a relentless propaganda campaign against the American “occupation” of Iraq, has demonstrated against Americans and capitalists around the world – and blames the abduction of its members on President Bush.

In an official statement posted on its website at 1:00 a.m. this morning, CPT engages in the ultimate act of moral idiocy: blaming the kidnapping and potential murder of its own members on the Bush administration. “We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people,” the statement reads. “CPT does not advocate the use of violent force to save lives of its workers should they be kidnapped, held hostage, or caught in the middle of a conflict situation.


CPT could scarcely feel otherwise. Founded in 1986 by a collection of left-wing churches, the group greeted 9/11 with recriminations against the Great Satan. Channeling Ward Churchill, activist Jerry Levin – who literally wrote the book on CPT – classified 9/11 as “violent chickens coming home to roost,” citing “the complicit link between the September 11th tragedy and the U.S.’s decades long knee jerk support of Israel against Palestine.” “Why does the United States treat the Palestinians like its Native Americans?” he asks. “Because that’s what America does!” Al-Qaeda’s “freelance” terrorism, he claimed, hardly scratched the surface of “infinitely more pervasive” U.S., British, and Israeli “state sponsored or state directed terrorism.”


CPT quickly turned its attention to preventing Operation Iraqi Freedom, then to sabotaging the war itself. During the “Shock and Awe” campaign, CPT members acted as human shields, opting to “use their bodies to protect critical civilian infra-structure.” [sic.] They also disseminated anti-American news releases to “provide an alternative voice to the reporters ‘embedded’ with Coalition forces.”


Once major military operations ended, activists stayed on to “document abuse of detainees by Coalition forces.” There, they soaked up far-fetched atrocity tales circulated for the credulous. Such tales, like erroneous reports of Koran vandalism at Guantanamo Bay, are pulled from the al-Qaeda handbook, but CPT’s useful idiots circulated them without regard for the impact they would have on soldiers’ morale. In a 12-page litany of supposed abuses, CPT member (and raving moonbat) Peggy Gish wrote that Abu Ghraib prisoners slept about a hundred men in each tent.” When these prisoners started shouting “Freedom,” evil Americans opened fire, killing four innocent terrorists. Others pretend the Geneva Conventions require the U.S. government “release all detainees in Iraq as of June 30, 2004.”


One of the four abductees, 41-year-old Canadian James Loney, spread exactly these tall tales. The CPT website states Loney “is currently the Program Coordinator for CPT Canada. On previous visits to Iraq, his work focused on taking testimonies from families of detainees for CPT's report on detainee abuse, and making recommendations for securing basic legal rights.”


However, the organization went beyond PR into outright advocacy for accused “insurgents.” CPT operated an “Adopt-a-Detainee Program” for 18 months, in which it paired up suspected terrorist prisoners with American sponsors, who would write to the authorities on their behalf. Although the organization claims a measure of credit for cleaning up post-Abu Ghraib Iraq, it curtailed the adoption program this September, because it found following the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis, officials became “increasingly unresponsive.”


CPT’s proudest accomplishment, though, is marching in a parade that helped armed militiamen elude the U.S. military. The CPT’s “delegation” participated in Ayatollah al-Sistani’s march to Najaf on August 26, 2004. One sympathetic account acknowledged the deal he brokered “allowed the weaker combatants, namely Sadr’s militia, to save face and disappear into the crowd of peace marchers without retribution.”


Since the onset of the war, CPT has hosted a total of 120 people on 16 delegations to Iraq and done untold damage to the U.S. war effort. For this, its agitators may face beheading. 


This organization also demonstrated against the military at home. CPT radicals joined a raucous protest in front of the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia, in November 2003. Two CPT members were arrested for trespassing during a time of war.


Border Patrol agents arrested two more CPT members in July for “furtherance and abetting” the transportation of illegal aliens. As part of their “No More Deaths” campaign, members give “emergency aid” to “migrants” illegally crossing the Arizona border to show their “resistance to harmful immigration policies and enforcement practices.” Specifically, members cruise the barren desert separating Mexico and Arizona, picking up illegals who have “already” crossed the border and transporting them to a safe house on the American side. On its website, CPT not-so-subtly encourages churches to hide illegal immigrants.


Yet Christian Peacemaker Teams is best known for “direct action” sabotage of foreign militaries. Its official motto is: “Getting in the Way,” a skill it honed interfering with IDF soldiers in Israel. Its attitude toward Palestinian terror proves CPT is no mere pacifist church quilting circle. James Levin called the first Intifada “creative nonviolent resistance.” Not surprisingly, CPT cooperates with, shares personnel with, and works alongside the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which also shields terrorists from the Israeli Defense Force. CPT is particularly active in Hebron.


CPT teams in Colombia oppose “huge infusions of foreign [read: U.S.] military aid” – used to combat narcoterrorists. They also stage protests in Colombia against U.S.-sponsored spraying of drug fields.


In Ontario, they stand with the oppressed Asubpeeschoseewagong Indian tribe “through nonviolent means such as blockading logging trucks.”


And in Iraq, they have stood with the terrorists, harassing U.S. troops, accused GIs of unspeakable war crimes, and said, in effect, on 9/11 America got what it had comin’.


The CPT’s diverse agendas perfectly illustrate the overlapping currents of the Left, whose sole common thread is hatred of the United States. The insight yesterday’s kidnappings (and its attendant outlandish charges of espionage) provide into the psyche of our common enemy might shake a less ideologically committed entity, but CPT proves it still has not gotten the message that there are some forces darker even than the Great Satan. These four CPT activists may soon illustrate another truth: totalitarians always murder their enablers first.

Ben Johnson is Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine and co-author, with David Horowitz, of the book Party of Defeat. He is also the author of the books Teresa Heinz Kerry's Radical Gifts (2009) and 57 Varieties of Radical Causes: Teresa Heinz Kerry's Charitable Giving (2004).

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