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March 11, 2006

A Genuine Peacemaker Caught in the Slaughter

American Tom Fox, one of four Christian Peacemakers, was found dead in Baghdad last Thursday. Fox, 54, was the only American member of a four person team taken hostage several months ago.  It did not look good for him earlier in the week when the other three appeared in a video. It wasn't.  Three days later his body was found near the railroad tracks outside Baghdad with gunshot wounds in the head and chest.   

The Peacemakers were Christians in a sense we don't hear about so often these days. Paul Slattery, a member of Fox's Friends Meeting support group back in the Shenandoah Valley, talks about Fox's work in Iraq in an AP article:

Fox worked with incarcerated Iraqis, often serving as the only link between them and their families on the outside.  Fox also escorted shipments of medicine to clinics and hospitals and worked to form an Islamic Peacemaker Team.

Anne Bacon, Clerk of the Quaker meeting that Fox attended, had this to add:

"Tom's work was very important, and the way that we will honor him is to try to continue that work, maybe not for each of us going to Iraq, but we all have the opportunity to create peace in our own community."

The other three Peacemaker Team hostages are James Loney, 41, of Toronto; Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, a Canadian electrical engineer; and Norman Kember, a 74-year-old retired British professor.  Our hearts go out to these three and to Jill Carroll, Christian Science Monitor reporter, who was taken hostage in an unrelated attack and who is still unaccounted for.  And to all of the American soldiers and the Iraqi soldiers and civilians caught up in the slaughter caused by this war. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on March 11, 2006 at 10:35 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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