Has CAIR ever protested against the kidnapping of anyone else in Iraq? If so, please send me the links here and I will post them as updates. But this protest of the kidnapping of the collaborators is the first one I personally can recall ever seeing from them. From “Frenchman target of latest Iraq kidnapping,” from AFP, :
Just a day earlier, one of the most prominent US Muslim organizations, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, became the latest group to demand the release of the four Western Christian peace activists kidnapped last week.
The two Canadians, one Briton and an American, are linked to the US and Canada-based Christian Peacemaker Teams opposed to the continued presence of US-led foreign troops in Iraq.
“Those who left the comfort of their homes to advocate for the rights of others that do not share their faith, ethnicity or language should be celebrated and honored by Muslims, not humiliated by being made captives or, God forbid, killed,” said Parvez Ahmed, the organization’s chairman.
“This is a universal human ideal and a cherished principle of Islam.”
In other words, “They’re on your side, you idiots. Let them go.”
UPDATE: I just received this kind note from Glen Reinsford of TheReligionofPeace.com:
TROP monitors CAIR on occasion. To my knowledge they have issued press releases selectively condemning the taking of hostages in Iraq on 4/9/2004 and 9/21/2004. Each of these was in response to a high-profile kidnapping that I believe involved Americans.
They have also protested the killing of hostages on a few other occasions as well.
BTW, by our count, CAIR has condemned 21 out of the 3,544 Islamic terror attacks since 9/11.
Author, Age of Tolerance