The Mujahideen Interview Jill Carroll
A video has appeared on the internet, apparently showing ex-hostage Jill Carroll in an interview conducted by her kidnappers before they released her. (Hat tip: jimo.)
“Did you think the American army or the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) would save you at any time,” a muffled male voice asked Ms Carroll in accented English.
“Sometimes I thought maybe that they might come, they might find me, they might find a way to know where I am and come get me,” she answered.
“Why did not they save you?” asked the interviewer.
“I think the mujahedeen are very smart and even with all the technology and all the people that the American army has here, they still are better at knowing how to live and work here, more clever,” she said.
“Does this mean something to you?” the man questioning her asked.
“It makes very clear that the mujahedeen are the ones that will win in the end,” Ms Carroll said in the video.
At the end of the eight and a half minute tape, the same man read out a statement in Arabic.
“The mujahedeen in the land of the two rivers announce the liberation of the journalist Jill Carroll… after the US forces and the CIA failed to find her making their ineptitude obvious to the whole world,” he said.
“We liberate this journalist today after the American government met some of our demands by releasing some of our women prisoners.”
Note that even after her release, Carroll maintained that she had been treated well by her captors—so it would appear that this journalist for the Christian Science Monitor made these anti-American comments voluntarily.
The 28-year-old freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor said her kidnappers confined her to a small, soundproof room with frosted windows but treated her well. Although her captors issued televised threats to kill Carroll if American forces did not release women prisoners, she said: “They never said they would hit me, never threatened me in any way.”
NOTE: Jill Carroll has since repudiated these statements, as reported here: lgf: Jill Carroll’s Statement.
UPDATE at 3/30/06 6:01:49 pm:
Here’s the video at bareknucklepolitics.com.
UPDATE at 3/30/06 6:04:14 pm:
Here’s a full translation of the tape: Insurgents Justify Release of Jill Carroll in Web Tape.
Voice in tape: How did the Mujahedeen treat you?
Jill Carroll: They treated me very well. They treated me very well, like a guest. I was given very good food, kept very safe, treated very, very well.
Voice in tape: Did you think the American Army or the CIA would save you in any time?
Carroll: I thought maybe they might. Sometimes I thought that they might come, that they might find me. They might (sic) a way to know where I am and come get me. I did think maybe they might.
Voice: Why didn’t they save you?
Carroll: Well, I think the Mujahedeen are very smart and even with all the technology and all the people the American Army has here, they still are better at knowing how to live and work here and more clever, despite all the technology of the American Army, still more clever and better at being here than the American Army, still better at what they do.
Voice: Does this mean anything?
Carroll: I think it makes it very clear, it makes very clear that the Mujahedeen are the ones who will win in the end in this war, I think it makes very clear that even with thousands of troops and airplanes and tanks and guns that that doesn’t mean anything here on the ground in Iraq as it shows over time, maybe how many months over time or however (sic) months are left in the occupation that it’s pretty clear that the Mujahedeen are the ones that will have the victory left at the end of the day. It shows that no matter no matter what Americans try to say is happening here or try to do with all their weapons, they aren’t going to be able to stay here, they’re not going to be able to stop the Mujahedeen and that’s for sure.
Voice: What will you tell the American people?
Carroll: Well, first of all I want them to be able to understand, I want them to understand the Mujahedeen, truly. There are a lot of lies to come out of the American government, calling the Mujahedeen terrorists and other things and I think it’s important that American people hear from me the Mujahedeen are only trying to defend their country. This is only a jihad to stop an illegal and dangerous and deadly occupation so I think it’s important that people see the Mujahedeen are people that we’ve seen in our entire history resisting an occupation trying to fight a foreign force in their land, it’s their country and they have a right to fight for their own freedom so I want people to understand that it’s not people that like to kill, not people that like violence but people who love their country, people who want to see their country free from an occupation and also I want them to understand that the situation in Iraq in general, how difficult it is here, people don’t have electricity, people don’t have water, children don’t have safe streets to walk in, women and children are always in danger&People are killed left and right on the streets without any reason. People die everyday from the bombings and shootings of the army and all these things. So I think people need to understand in America how difficult life is here for the normal, average Iraqis. That everyday is a matter of survival, life and death for most Iraqis and thousands and thousands and tens of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives here because of the occupation. I think Americans need to think about that and day to day how difficult life is here, how terrifying it is for most people to live here everyday because of the occupation.
Voice: Do you have a message for Mr. Bush?
Carroll: (Laughs)Yeah, he needs to stop this war. He knows this war is wrong. He knows that it was illegal from the very beginning. He knows that it was built on a mountain of lies and I think he needs to finally admit that to the American people and make the troops go home and he doesn’t care about his own people.