Fox News Journalists Freed

  1. http://www.townhall.com/blog/g/5a5c7...6-b6175478c777

    . . . ."The two journalists were dropped off at Gaza City's Beach Hotel by Palestinian security officials and appeared to be in good health. A tearful Centanni embraced a Palestinian journalist briefly as he entered, then rushed upstairs as Wiig followed.
    Centanni, in a phone interview shortly after his release, said "I'm fine. I'm just so happy to be free."
    He said he was so emotional because he was out and alive.
    "There were times when I thought 'I'm dead,' and I'm not," Centanni said. "I'm fine. I'm so very happy."
    He recounted how he and Wiig were pulled out of their car on August 14 and taken at gunpoint into another car. The kidnappers blindfolded them and handcuffed their hands behind their backs with plastic ties. They were then transferred to another car and driven to a building that they later learned was a garage.
    "We were pushed down onto the dirt-covered concrete floor and we were forced to lie face down with our handcuffs on," Centanni said.
    "Olaf was in the same room with me. Our shoulders were wrenched back, very painful."
    Both of the men were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint, Centanni said.
    "We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint," Centanni told FOX News. "Don't get me wrong here. I have the highest respect for Islam, and I learned a lot of good things about it, but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns, and we didn't know what the hell was going on.. . . . . ."
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    Thank God it didn't end the same way it ended for Daniel Pearl.


    steph
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   ZASHAGALKA
    I was praying for that.

    Just as I'm generally praying for the families of 49, AND the specific health of 1 in the plane crash today.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    I was praying for that.

    Just as I'm generally praying for the families of 49, AND the specific health of 1 in the plane crash today.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.

    Me too - it is a scary world.


    steph
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from stevielynn
    Me too - it is a scary world.


    steph
    I know. But look at how you yourself challenged it, by going to Vietnam this year and risking your health, even your life to help people there. You are no less courageous than those reporters; you too are to be admired for facing a scary world and doing what needs to be done.:icon_hug:
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mjlrn97
    I know. But look at how you yourself challenged it, by going to Vietnam this year and risking your health, even your life to help people there. You are no less courageous than those reporters; you too are to be admired for facing a scary world and doing what needs to be done.:icon_hug:
    Well, fortunately all I had to contend with were communists. And due to alot of pressure from the Bush Administration, they have loosened up in the last two years. The doc who heads the group has told scary stories about what CAN happen, just so we were prepared. And actually, we did have a problem getting the professionals (docs/nurses) into the country - it took 4 hours of talking with officials by the local government in the province where we were headed - this one particular lady is awesome.

    I am grateful the journalists were set free - I'm sure they won't be unscathed by this experience . . . of course the physical will mend (wrenched shoulders) but the spiritual may take awhile - having to denounce your own spiritual path and take on another's must be difficult.

    Or maybe you just do what you have to do.

    Although we've all heard moving stories about folks who refused to denounce their God.

    Lots to think about - steph
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Good news for a change. It's like a breath of fresh air.

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