Margaret Hassan Memorial

Monday, May 30, 2005

Italian Hostage Clementina Cantoni Video

Clementina Cantoni was abducted from her car in Kabul on May 16th. The 32 year old Cantoni works for CARE International, the same organization that executed hostage Margaret Hassan worked for. Unlike Hassan, though, Cantoni was working in a country who's occupation and invasion was approved by the UN.

An image from the video and more on this story can be found at here.

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Margaret Hassan Murderers Caught

Four men have been detained in the Margaret Hassan murder. The 'articles' apparently includes some sort of personal identification that belonged to Margaret Hassan, such as a passport or other photo id.

Margaret Hassan was murdered on video by terrorists in Iraq who demanded the release of all female prisoners in Iraq. At the time, no women were in U.S. custody but propaganda outlets such as Giuliana Sgrena's Il Manifesto and al Jazeera routinely made that accusation. Ms. Hassan was first put in an orange jumpsuit before her murder, an allusion to Abu Ghraib.

The video of her murder has never really surfaced, unlike most such snuff films, but al Jazeera did describe the video, although not the mode of death. Further, the terrorists who had taken Hassan hostage had threatened to turn her over to Abu Musab al Zarqawi for beheading.

We see in her death the effects of enemy propaganda and why such propaganda ought to be shut down. Such propganda incites to murder.

Ireland online:

American and Iraqi forces have arrested four people in connection with the murder of Irish-born aid worker Margaret Hassan, officials said today.

The body of the 59-year-old CARE international worker has not been recovered since she was abducted last October and later killed.

But “articles” found during a dawn raid on Sunday on an insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad linked those arrested to the murder.

“The raid was part of a sweep by US and Iraqi forces on an area of insurgent and criminal activity,” said a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“US forces alerted UK authorities when articles were found relating to the Margaret Hassan case.
Interested Participant notes that there may have been 5 arrested and that among the 'articles' were some of Hassan's clothing.

ITB also commenting.