Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Kidnapping in Youssufiyah [Notice the use of the word kidnapping by Cockburn]
By PATRICK COCKBURN
"......The capture of Americans - like the hostages in Lebanon in the Eighties or in the Tehran embassy in 1979 - has traditionally had a greater impact on the US public than the death of soldiers. It is the nightmare of American commanders, going all the way to the Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, for US servicemen to be in enemy hands. The loss of these three prisoners could prove to be even more significant this time, as the public is already firmly against the war. A drawn-out hostage crisis, that ends in tragedy, could be the final blow to President's Bush's faltering support amongst Republicans.
For the soldiers searching for the three men, the US faces the additional danger of losing even more because of booby traps and roadside bombs......"