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August 28, 2006

Meet The Kidnapper Of Centanni And Wiig

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Zakaria Dughmush.jpg[Image - Palestinian warlord Zakaria Dughmush, who had been hired to kidnap Centanni and Wiig by the same Hamas group which on June 25 kidnapped and - is still holding - the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit.]

Hamas leaders said they did not know who the kidnappers were - they lied.

If DEBKAfile is even close on this one, it's an alarming story that points directly to the Hamas leaders that took credit for the release of the Fox News journalists:

On the face of it, conversion to Islam would appear to provide a painless escape device for any hostage who happens to fall into fundamentalist terrorist hands. After all, once free, the hostage can always revert to his real faith or non-faith. It is hard to blame the two Fox News journalists, the American Steve Centanni, 60, and the New Zealander, Olaf Wiig, 36, for taking that path on to buy their way out of an uncertain fate at the hands of Palestinian terrorists - especially as they later reported they were forced to make the gesture at gunpoint.

Relief over the two journalists' coming safely out of their ordeal is quite apart from considerations of the consequences for the war on terrorism. It must be said that the Palestinian kidnappers also walked away without suffering any harm and can keep on snatching victims without fear - exactly as the same terrorist gang got away with murdering three Americans in Gaza in 2003. In fact, the prime minister Ismail Haniya, who belongs to an Islamist terror group, was allowed to take credit for the release after winning a face saver in the form of the conversions and an anti-American diatribe.

Shortly after Centanni and Wiig were snatched by masked gunmen in Gaza on Aug. 14, the various intelligence agencies operating in Gaza knew who the kidnapper was: the Palestinian warlord Zakaria Dughmush, who had been hired by the same Hamas group which on June 25 kidnapped and - is still holding - the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit.

Continue reading, "A Hostage Affair in Gaza is Ended by a Three-Part Ransom," to learn more about the details of the journalists' release which include the fact that various Palestininian middlemen were used by British and U.S. agents to work out a convoluted deal which entailed their public conversion to Islam, an anti-American harangue on air and a six-figure cash ransom paid under the table to Dughmush to fund his terrorist militia's operations in Gaza.

To make matters even worse, the bastard gets the bucks and takes a walk, along with the Hamas leadership, and neither he nor anyone else is likely to ever be arrested. That is, unless the Israelis catch up with him.

Posted by Richard at August 28, 2006 8:18 AM

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