Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Murder Most Foul

The murder of three Americans in Yemen throws the recent remarks of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) into stark relief. Here is what Sen. Murray said about a week ago today:

"Bin Laden's been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day-care facilities, building health-care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. We haven’t done that. How would they look at us today if we had been there helping them with some of that rather than just being the people who are going to bomb in Iraq and go to Afghanistan?"

All three of those murdered yesterday worked at a charity hospital in Jilba, Yemen. The hospital has been operated by the Southern Baptist Convention for 35 years. Hospital staff are not permitted to proselytize. Their work is to provide the people of Yemen with the best possible medical attention.

The three were shot in cold blood at point blank range. A fourth person was injured in the attack, but is expected to recover.