Britain Concerned Over Iraq Hostages

The United States continually insists things are going better in Iraq, but there still remain mny unanswered questions about issues that have been thrust to the side. Prime Minister Gordon Brown communicated his concerns to Prime Minister Nuri-al-Maliki over recently released footage of one of five Britons still being held by militants in Iraq. The Britons, a computer expert and four bodyguards, were seized while inside an Iraqi Finance Ministry building by Shiite militants last May. In the new footage one of them asks for release of Shiite prisoners so he can be freed.

Militants insist they will kill one of the five unless something is done to meet their demands. The story, in itself, is not dramatically important in the scheme of things about what is happening in Iraq. It is simply another of the human aspects of a tragic war which began for the wrong reasons and has resulted in the wrong people getting punished. Most probably one or two of these innocent men will die. Those responsible for their deaths will go on to pleasant lives in Texas and elsewhere.