Monday, June 20, 2005
Senator Dick Durbin should talk to former hostage Douglas Wood and find out who are the real evil people in this world
Here's a story that won't get much media attention - Douglas Wood, who faced death in many fashions over the last few weeks APOLOGIZED TO PRESIDENT BUSH for what he was forced to say on camera while being held hostage by terrorists. He also supported the war effort and complimented his coalition rescuers saying that they are proof positive that the war effort in Iraq is working.
This man, Douglas Wood, is a great inspiration...
Wood: Rescue shows policy working
(CNN) -- The Australian hostage held captive for nearly seven weeks in Iraq before being freed last week has said his rescue by Iraqi troops is a sign that U.S. and Australian policies are working.
"I actually believe that I am proof positive that the current policy of training the Iraqi army -- of recruiting, training and buddying them worked -- because it was the Iraqis that got me out," Douglas Wood told reporters in Melbourne after returning to Australia Monday morning.
The 64-year-old engineer also apologized to U.S. President George W. Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard for statements he made at gunpoint in a DVD his captors released to the news media.
On the DVD, Wood pleaded for Australian, U.S. and British troops to withdraw from Iraq.The Australian government refused the kidnappers' demands that its 1,400 troops and pay a reported Aust. $25 million ($19 million) ransom. Wood was kidnapped April 30 and released June 15, when Iraqi forces supported by coalition forces stumbled across him during an unrelated raid in the Al Adel neighborhood of Baghdad.
"Perhaps I'm proof positive that the current policies of the American and Australian governments is the right one," he said. Flanked by his brothers and his wife Yvonne, an American, the engineer described his 47 days in captivity as "like a nightmare."