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AP Alert: Carroll Freed

The circumstances are not yet clear, but an AP alert went out early this morning that freelance reporter for the Christian Science Monitor Jill Carroll has been freed by her terrorist captors. There are a few things to be hoped, I suppose. One is that Ms. Carroll does not gallivant about town in support of “understanding” and “patience” for the terrorists who, when they capture a less sympathetic American—like a defense contractor, for example—simply lop off his head. So it is to be hoped that she does not become a propaganda tool.

The second is that no nation or organization paid any bribe or made any deal to secure her release. I suspect both will be answered in short time.

OH, AND THE THIRD: Is, of course, that America’s successful special-op strike to free the anti-war Christian activists last week changed Carroll’s captors’ calculations and led to her release. But it will be a tough slog getting anyone in the mainstream media to look at that angle.

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