Kidnapped Fox News journalists freed
Steve Centanni: 'We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint'
Posted: August 27, 2006
8:15 a.m. Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Fox News camerman Olaf Wiig shown on video shortly before his release (Fox News Channel)
TEL AVIV – Almost two weeks after their abduction in the Gaza Strip, two kidnapped Fox News journalists were freed today by their captors after reportedly being forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam on video.
"There were times when I thought 'I'm dead,' and I'm not," Fox reporter Steve Centanni told his network. "I'm fine. I'm just so happy to be free."
Centanni, 60, and cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, were dropped this morning off at Gaza City's Beach Hotel by Palestinian security officials, thus ending the longest-running drama involving foreign hostages in Gaza. The Beach Hotel is regularly used by foreign journalists and visiting dignataries.
Shortly before their release, a new video was issued, showing Wiig and Centanni dressed in beige Arab-style robes and apperaring to convert to Islam. Wiig, a New Zealand citizen, gave an anti-Western speech, with his face expressionless.
In a phone interview today with Fox News, Centanni explained, "We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. Don't get me wrong here. I have the highest respect for Islam, and I learned a lot of good things about it, but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns, and we didn't know what the hell was going on." [link]
This is one way to learn a lot of good things about Islam. By the same token we learned a lot of good things about Marxism-Leninism. It took 60 million people killed from 1917 to 1991 to teach the world a few good things about Communism. Are we all going to learn a few good things about Islam this way? Or are we going to fight back?
posted by: jrtelegraph