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Getting rid of the Cross
They wouldn't leave willingly, but they would leave if they were forced to . . .
The Red Cross has suspended activities in the Gaza Strip after two of its workers were kidnapped by Palestinian gunmen.
Who says they were Palestinian?
Who can verify that?
Who dares ask an armed kidnapper who hired him? And who do you interview to verify his account? After all, he is a criminal.
And, finally, what's the point of routinely releasing victims unharmed shortly after abducting them?
The two Italian aid workers were released early on Wednesday [approximately 10 hrs after they were abducted].
These kidnappings are almost always resolved without any trouble and no-one has been seriously injured.
Sort of puts a damper on investigating who did it, doesn't it?
All's well that ends well? Not quite.
Iyad Nasr, a spokesman for the Red Cross's Gaza office, said the organization had ceased all field operations and would intervene only "in matters of life and death." Workers have been ordered to stay in their offices because of fears for their safety, he said.
So, Palestinians suffer from both ends - they can neither get their jobs done nor get the services they need.
Cui Bono? This reporter (or the person who pays him) wants us to believe that Palestinians benefit.
The past two years has seen a rash of kidnappings - usually by groups or families pressing the government for money or job guarantees.
Seems like a better way to secure jail time than it is to secure job guarantees.
And since no ransom was demanded (or at least none was reported), money also seems an unlikely motive.
One obvious motive, however, is that of dissuading aid workers from attempting to do their job - which is to help Palestinians.
And there's only one group of people who can benefit from that.