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Monday, May 15, 2006

Communication breakdown

Laugh or cry department. As readers of past posts will know, I'm not Christian Peacemaker Teams' number one fan. Even so, I was taken aback by this revelation of just how half-baked their operation is. An article in which Jim Loney, one of the four taken hostage in Iraq, talks about his experience (with admirable candour, let it be said) notes in passing:-

'They called themselves the Swords of Righteousness Brigade. None of them spoke English fluently, and none of the CPTers was adept in Arabic.'

It's not like it's some obscure central African dialect, is it? You can pick up a Teach Yourself Arabic course in any decent bookshop. Nevertheless, the four set out on their mission to bring peace to Iraq without having troubled to acquire a rudimentary ability to communicate with the natives.

Norman Kember got a standing ovation from the Baptist Assembly. Excuse me if I remain seated.

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