The Christian Peacemaker Team members taken prisoner have been freed! This came as the result of a military operation by British and US forces. No shots were fired, and no one was hurt or killed, as the CPT members' captors apparently fled the scene. Briton Norman Kember, 74 and Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, had their hands tied but were in otherwise fairly good condition.
One other CPT member, 54 yr old Tom Fox, was found murdered in Baghdad March 9, after the four were kidnapped November 26, 2005.
Even those of us who do not totally share in the pacifist views of many CPT folk do agree with them about the immorality and foolishness of this present war, and we are deeply grateful for their witness. And we celebrate the three men's freedom, even as we mourn the martyr Tom Fox.
For more on this story, see:
The CPT website