This post was inspired by fuzzyandblue.
I am shocked that the media has pounced on and twisted Jill Carroll's words "I was treated Well"
What is the definition of "I was treated well" when being taken hostage?
She had a shower, toilet and food.
This is a woman who lives with Iraqi's which is a whole different world. But she understands and speaks the language and embraces the lifestyle.
On average 10 people a day are taken hostage in Iraq. She knows what happens to hostages.
If she was treated better than the average contestant on "Survivor" she's more than breaking even.
In a world of $35 dollar haircuts for men and $100 a month cable bills, perhaps we have lost touch. Maybe we have forgotten what "well" means.
Maybe these people have relatives who know where her folks live.
Most Americans "don't get" the culture of Iraq. I don't. I don't "get" the culture of Beverly Hills (I live nearby) either. We haven't been there, we don't know. Is it possible that Jill Caroll, who has emersed herself in the culture of Iraq, needs to choose her words carefully?
She was treated well. Compare it to Nick Berg. Compare it to Todd Beemer. What is "well"?
In any case, Jill has gone through a test that none of us could even imagine.
And for that she is a heroic figure. We should all wish that we could keep it together under those circumstances. To go through what she has gone through takes an amazing amount of fortitude.
But to demonize her is just wrong.
Here are some intial thoughts I had on her.
I hope that we all step up when it is time to step up.
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