• Good News! Kidnappings in Iraq Now for Money, Not Terrorism

    August 12, 2011

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    Posted in: Democracy, Iraq, Other Ideas

    This one goes out to all the cynics, who claim there is never any progress in our war of terror in Iraq.

    AFP reports that the number of kidnappings for ransom in Iraq has multiplied in the past two years.

    In the lawless aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, sectarian abductions became rampant, especially during the high times of the bloody Sunni-Shiite civil war, 2005-2007.

    Here’s the good news: “It is a far increasing percentage now where the objective of kidnapping is money,” said Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, spokesman for US forces in Iraq.

    Foreigners, as well as important Iraqis, live behind blast walls with security guards. But Iraqi small businessmen who cannot afford bodyguards, and whom kidnappers can count on to cough up large sums for ransom, have become the fave targets.

    Between April and June, six to seven Iraqis were kidnapped each month, according to UK-based private security firm AKE. The average ransom paid to kidnappers was $50,000. “Kidnap remains a regular occurrence in the country, with many incidents going unreported,” AKE said.

    So there it is, another sectarian evil defeated by the surge, or Navy SEALs, or whatever, replaced by an even more evil thing, albeit motivated by greed, not ideology, so it is progress.

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    • John Drake said...


      This is a serious subject, and a really horrible thing to happen to anyone, but your title made me laugh nonetheless. As an update on AKE statistics, 17 Iraqis were taken between July and September, with the average ransom settlement lying somewhere between US$50,000 and US$60,000.

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