Archbishop freed

From CBC News,

A Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Iraq has been freed, the Vatican said Tuesday.

The Pope, who had prayed for the bishop’s release, was informed immediately of the release, said papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. “He changed his prayer to one of thanks,” he said.

A ransom of $200,000 US initially had been demanded but the bishop was released without the payment of any money, the Vatican said.

This just doesn’t seem right. Why would he be released with no ransom paid? I highly doubt that the kidnappers would just let the archbishop go without getting something from the kidnapping. That just doesn’t make sense.

Perhaps a ransom was paid by someone other than the Vatican. Perhaps the Vatican paid the ransom under the table as not to draw criticism from the US and other allies for negotiating with the terrorists. This story just doesn’t seem to follow the pattern of other kidnappings.

2 Responses to “Archbishop freed”

  1. Jon Says:

    I had wondered the same thing, because I honestly believed that they would be most likely to kill a Catholic.

    But they or a few of the smarter ones realized what it would really mean. Right now the terrorists have the sympathy of the bleeding heart liberals, and a lot of countries who are anti-US. If they were to kill an archbishop, they would lose a lot of this sympathy, since people just couldn’t condone it. Most of South America is decidely Catholic (not that they practice, but ask them what religion they are and they’ll say Catholic), and a lot of other countries would have a hard time defending terrorists who murdered an innocent archbishop.

  2. Bob Says:

    You wanna bet this was done by some really low-ranked people in their organization (whichever it is) to impress those above them, and they got told to let him go?

    Expect to see a few more bodies lying around Iraq, although we’ll probably never know for sure.

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