A video statement has been released claiming that one of the five British hostages captured in Iraq last year has committed suicide.
Gordon Brown called for the immediate release of the hostage stating that “these men have suffered enough.”
David Milliband, the British foreign secretary described the practice of hostage taking as ‘disgusting’. He also expressed concern for the families of those held hostage.
Two years ago, on 10th June 2006 three detainees held at Guantanamo Bay committed suicide in protest.
Mr Brown, there are hostages on both sides. This is a war that your government started, that you supported and continue to support. The detainees in Guantanamo have also ‘suffered enough’ – if not more for the past seven years. They are also hostages most of whom were caught simply because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Most of these hostages held at Guantanamo have not been charged and don’t even know what they did wrong, as neither do those who hold them captive.
And yes, Mr. Milliband, hostage taking is a disgusting practice, and it’s particularly disgusting at Guantanamo as these kidnappings are carried out with support from governments. Whilst you express concern for families of the British hostages in Iraq, you seem to have very little concern for the families of those at Guantanamo
Double standard… the sequel continues…
This poem was originally written in Arabic but it has been translated and adapted to English as it is primarily a message for those in the west. Before I post the original version in English and Arabic, I’ve jumbled up all lines in Column B. See if you can match them correctly.
If anyone knows of an application I can use to make this possible to match online, please let me know. Thanks.