Archive for January 3rd, 2006

Comic Strip Kidnapping

Ex-kidnappee Kate Burton recounts her spell in captivity in the Gaza Strip in a grimly amusing interview in today’s Guardian.

On one of her captors:

He had a very sensitive side. My mother told him stories about her life and it really touched his heart. It was strange that this guy holding a Kalashnikov could be touched in this way.

Swoon!

According to the interview, she has ‘expressed her determination to continue working with the Palestinians’, whatever ‘working with the Palestinians’ means.

In a piece in the same paper published last week, Ghada Karmi had the following to say about foreign aid workers in Palestine:

I found Ramallah was crawling with do-gooders of all nationalities. Being kind to Palestinians is now a big industry, spawned initially by the Oslo Agreement of 1993.

Maybe it’s just me, but I sense something a bit condescending in the kidnappee’s sympathetic representation of her captors: perhaps not quite Stockholm Syndrome, but an unwillingness to acknowledge the fact that these people ought to be accorded full responsibility for their actions.


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