Tom Fox, a 54-year-old member of Christian Peacemaker Teams from Clear Brook, Va., was the fifth American hostage killed in Iraq. There was no immediate word on his fellow captives, a Briton and two Canadians.That is a shame, a true shame. It appears he had been tortured before death.
Interior Ministry Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said Fox was found with his hands tied and gunshot wounds to his head and chest. There were cuts on his body and bruises on his head, indicating torture, he said. The corpse was dressed in Iraqi-made clothing.As sad as this is, Fox never understood the lesson that comes from terrorist Islam.
It doesn't matter what good one might do for the people of the world. It doesn't matter how pure and admirable the intentions, nor how gentle the application. Your motives are not at issue. Neither are your actions.
They want you to submit or die. That is the only choice.
We need good, honest, pure peaceakers in this world. Yet, the best intentions are poor armor against those whose evil regards any deviation from the norm as a capitol offense. Naivete is deadly in some parts of the world. We in the West see naivete as a harmless addiction. In other parts of the world it is a deadly preoccupation.
Let me lay it out as plainly as possible for all those who think that Islam is a tolerant religion. They want you dead.
I mourn for Tom Fox, if only because I believe that people should be free to go forth in the world and do good works. Tom should have been able to carry on his work anywhere he chose to pursue it.
In vast parts of the world, walking unshielded into danger will get you killed. Tom Fox learned that lesson the hard way. Naivete can be a fatal affliction.