Drips and drabs that I’ve neglected to blog:
Thanks for muddying the waters, Globe.
The chorus of Muslim leaders condemning this kidnapping has been larger and louder than has been heard for some time. We hope that these voices of opposition to this crime will continue on behalf of all hostage victims until this practice stops. Often, more than 30 Iraqis a day are kidnapped, and the world doesn’t hear their voices or the voices of their families. They deserve attention and their freedom no less than Jill does. We hope this tide of opposition to criminal behavior will lead to the release of all other hostages as well. The Christian Science Monitor will not let these people be forgotten. The people of Iraq, and those risking their lives to help them, have a right to live in safety. [My emphasis.]
Gracious, compassionate and true. Thanks to every reporter who tries to bring us their stories; no thanks to those who try to deny that this is happening, or minimize its significance.
Welcome home, Jill.
I wonder how effective face-to-face grassroots campaigning is – canvassing, leafleting, sign-holding, and prosyletizing of various sorts – or at least under what conditions such activity persuades voters.
Yeah, I wonder, too. I understand that all that stuff is supposed to work … but I have to imagine that we could stand to innovate once in a while. How does one engage in campaigning while maintaining — even elevating — your own dignity and that of the person you’re trying to persuade? I don’t have a good answer. Anyone?