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March 31, 2006

Benefit of the doubt

My father called me last night and was all worked up after having heard on the radio that freed US hostage Jill Carroll was praising her captors and their treatment of her. Turns out, her praise was recorded by her captors prior to her release. No one can fault her for saying anything she needed to say in order to remain alive.

“It seems this interview was being conducted under duress,” Bergenheim said. “When you’re making a video and having to recite certain things with three men with machine guns standing over you, you’re probably going to say exactly what you’re told to say.”

It is what she will say now that she is back safely that will really count. She’s not off to the greatest start, admittedly, but give the woman some leeway, please, she’s been through a lot and it is not uncommon to identify with your captors. We’ll see where she ends up, let’s go easy on her until then.

Posted by Karol at 08:42 AM |
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Howard Kurtz says something seems amiss. This is a courageous young woman. I must say, though, that I found her first interview yesterday rather odd. Carroll seemed bent on giving her captors a positive review, going on about how well…

Posted by: Michelle Malkin at March 31, 2006 at 11:05 am

Wise words

Posted by: Jake at March 31, 2006 at 11:34 am

Well the whole kidnapping might have been a stunt by the kindnappers. They might have always intended to let her go after treating her well. It might have been a publicity stunt from the start. Who knows.

Posted by: PAUL at March 31, 2006 at 12:04 pm

everyone is forgetting the fact that they (the kidnappers) killed her translator during the kidnapping. so no matter how fab her treatment at the hands of her captors may have been, these people are still murderers.

Posted by: anna at March 31, 2006 at 2:13 pm

She must still have been very frightened when she gave the post-release interview in the offices of a political party linked to her abductors! In fact, it will take her some time to believe that even here at home her captors can’t reach her. Some bad stuff happens to your mind when you’re a captive. Whatever her na

Posted by: amba at March 31, 2006 at 6:21 pm

I don’t think you need to worry about her

Posted by: Alceste at April 1, 2006 at 5:25 pm
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