Tom Fox - Against Dehumanization
Tom Fox with the head of Palestinian refugees - Syrian border
Police: U.S. hostage shot, tortured
American hostage Tom Fox, who was kidnapped with three other Christian peace activists in November, has been found shot in the head with his body showing signs of torture, Iraqi emergency police told CNN Saturday…Fox’s body was found wrapped in a blanket around 5 p.m. Thursday in the Daoudi neighborhood in western Baghdad—dumped on the main road near a train station. His hands and feet were bound, police said. He was wearing gray trousers and a gray shirt.
The Iraqi army…determined that the body appeared to be of a Westerner, and U.S. forces were called to the scene.
More than 200 foreigners and thousands of Iraqis have been kidnapped since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Fifty-four foreign hostages are known to have been killed by their captors, Reuters reported.
Fox, 54, a Quaker from Clear Brook, Virginia, had been abducted with three other members of Christian Peacemaker Teams on November 26. Doug Pritchard, co-director of [the group] in Toronto, said the humanitarian organization planned to maintain its presence in Iraq, at least until the fate of the other captives is known. The group has five workers in the country in addition to the remaining captives…He and Chicago co-director Carol Rose blamed the U.S. involvement in Iraq, backed by Britain, for the captives’ dilemma, and urged both nations to release detained Iraqis.
Rose said Fox was “a very quiet man, very thoughtful and had a very subtle and quiet sense of humor.”
[In a video] released on an Islamist Web site in December that showed the hostages wearing orange jumpsuits and speaking individually to the camera, Fox [had] said, “I’d like to offer my pleas to the people of America, not to the government of America, a plea for my release from captivity and also a plea for a release from captivity of all the people of Iraq. The only way that we can all be free is for the American and British soldiers to leave Iraq as soon as possible.”
There have been many international calls for the men’s release, including pleas from Muslim clerics.
...The day before his abduction, Fox wrote an essay in which he asked, “Why are we here? We are here to root out all aspects of dehumanization that exists within us. We are here to stand with those being dehumanized by oppressors and stand firm against that dehumanization.”
Fox’s friend, John Surr, said Fox felt his calling in Iraq was worth the potential risk. “He was willing to go in there at all costs,” Surr said.
Fox had two children, according to Christian Peacemaker Teams. He enjoyed cooking and playing music on his recorder and bass clarinet.
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- 03.11.06 / 2pm