at long last
Some very good news, indeed.
What a surprise it was to hear the phone ring at 6:00am Thursday morning and hear my friend Dawn's voice hyperventilating with joy. "They're free! The hostages are free! Jim's OK!"
Over the last 24 hours, we have learned a few details. The operation was carried out by a multi-national coalition without the use of force, as the abductors were temporarily away from the house where Jim, Harmeet and Norman were being held. This fact comes as a welcome relief to the CPT, who stand for non-violent conflict resolution regardless of circumstances. The CPT has been gracious in thanking the coalition for this fact.
Yesterday, the vigil table was dismantled - with joy - at Trinity Anglican Church in Durham, ON. Tonight, there is a gathering of Jim's Durham friends to celebrate his release. I'll be there.
There is much more I will learn over the course of the next day or so, but out of respect for the CPT in Toronto, close friends and family, I've left them all alone to deal with the media inquiries first (4 TV crews in Durham alone - unheard of!).
The CPT urge us not to forget Tom Fox, the hostage from the US, whose body was found on March 9th. His family must be suffering terribly. They also urge us not to forget the incredible outpouring of support from people around the world, especially people in the Muslim community who worked so hard to secure the safety of the remaining hostages. Many people agree that without the support of the Islamic community around the world, the outcome could have been very different.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to write me off-blog and let me know you were thinking of the hostages and those close to them. Those messages were incredibly helpful during the times I was feeling frustrated and powerless.
Finally, let's not forget that this hostage-taking was not an isolated incedent, and let's not forget why Iraqis feel forced into taking these rash actions. This month's Harpers magazine has 2 articles everyone should read, one about the liberalization of torture, and one about the call to impeach George W. Bush.
Continue to shine the light, folks! I can feel it shining here today.