Christian Peace Activist Killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq , News agencies: — The body of the only American among four Christian peace activists kidnapped late last year was found in west Baghdad with gunshots to his head and chest, Iraqi police said Saturday.
Tom Fox, 54, from Clear Brook, Va., was the fifth American hostage killed in Iraq. There was no immediate word on his fellow hostages, a Briton and two Canadians.
The U.S. command in Baghdad confirmed that Fox's body was picked up by American forces on Thursday evening, although it provided no information on the condition.
An Iraqi police patrol was also at the scene, said Falah al-Mohammedawi, an official with the Interior Ministry, which oversees police.
He 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, al-Mohammedawi said.
The FBI verified that the body was that of Fox, and his family was notified, U.S. State Department spokesman Noel Clay said in Washington.
"The State Department continues to call for the unconditional release of all other hostages" in Iraq, the spokesman said.
****The killings in Iraq have become a daily event, something that is getting repetitive, and does not not raise eyebrows anymore. However, what I shall never understand is how the Iraqis allow the murder of people like Tom Fox to take place. Of course, all murders are despicable and deplorable, but Tom and his colleagues are a particularly painful case. These people left their comfortable livese, and their families and friends and travelled thousands of miles for one reason; to help the men, women, and children of Iraq. They did not have to do that, but they WANTED to help. Now, how they were rewarded? Is that fair? does that make sense? Are there still honorable and brave men and women left in Iraq to stop this horrible crime from happening again?