Posts Tagged ‘jihad unspun’
Let me just make note of a few things in this terribly researched Canada.com story. The author, “Jane Seyd”, seems to interview only a few people for the story, but the main source is a close friend of Beverly’s named Glen Cooper.
Any person who was close friends with Beverly Giesbrecht will also meet one or more of the following criteria: very stupid; on the Leftwing fringe; a terror supporter; or the kind of person who finds it necessary to befriend the crazy old lady with all the cats down the street.
Besides the source, here are the two major problems:
1) Nowhere does the article mention that Jihad Unspun was an objectively pro-terrorist and pro-Taliban publication.
2) The friend tells us that Beverly went to Pakistan to make a documentary. What it does not mention is the fact that the documentary was meant to portray the Taliban as the good guys in the war.
Accurate, brief and clear – the ABCs of good writing.
Glen Cooper, whose friendship with Giesbrecht spans more than two decades, said he spoke to her by telephone two months ago …. Cooper said he’s had several conversations with the kidnappers, though the number of direct calls has slowed in recent months.
“I did speak to her in the summer so I knew she was alive then,” Cooper said. “I have not heard from her since and I don’t know what her status is.”
Cooper has been reluctant to speak out on Giesbrecht’s abduction in the past while officials worked to secure her release. But as the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping approaches, he said government officials aren’t telling him anything and he’s worried his close friend won’t last much longer.
“I have her phone number,” he said, speaking of Giesbrecht and her captors.
“I could just phone her but I don’t because that gets in the way of what other people are doing.”
In the weeks following Giesbrecht’s abduction, Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Lisa Monette issued a statement saying, “Canadian officials continue to engage with Pakistani authorities in seeking her safe and early release.”
This week, when asked to update the situation, Monette issued a near-identical statement, saying, “Canadian officials are engaged with Pakistani authorities in seeking her safe release.”
Monette declined further comment.
“I’m sure that you can appreciate that we will not comment or release any information which may compromise our efforts or jeopardize the safety of a Canadian citizen,” she said.
John Weston, a Conservative MP for the West Vancouver riding that Giesbrecht used to call home, confirmed he’s familiar with the case but declined to provide further details.
“I look forward to a day when I can discuss with you more openly what hopefully will have been a successful release of Ms. Giesbrecht,” he said.
“This is a peculiar case where we’re relying on the local government (in Pakistan) to assist in the release of Ms. Giesbrecht.”
A spokeswoman for the High Commission for Pakistan in Ottawa also declined comment on the case.
I hope for her safe release, if only to see what she has to write about her hosts now that she’s been a guest for so long.