Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

News & Politics News & Politics

My Life is in Your Hands Pres. Obama!

Posted by on May. 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM
  • 28 Replies
1 mom liked this

 

My heart goes out to this man and his family. The United States cannot negotiate with terrorists for obvious reasons. I will be praying for Warren Weinstein and Pres Obama. What a tuff position to be in~

Video provided....

Warren Weinstein pleads to President Obama in al Qaeda video

May. 7, 2012 - A new online video shows 70-year-old American hostage Warren Weinstein, a Rockville, Md., resident, speaking desperately to get President Obama to agree to the group's demands. Also, another al Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike in Yemen.(/CBS News)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rockville-man-held-hostage-pleads-to-president-obama-in-al-qaeda-video/2012/05/07/gIQAtZF17T_video.html

The kidnapped American Warren Weinstein

http://www.newspaperpk.com/he-kidnapped-american-warren-weinstein/

by on May. 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM
1 mom liked this

 How awful!  I hope they are able to find him and return him safely to his family.

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on May. 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

 

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 How awful!  I hope they are able to find him and return him safely to his family.

This is very troubling for many reasons. I hope and pray for Mr. Weinstein's safe release.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on May. 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I have not seen this story...

Where is he and why is he there?

(I'm mobile, I'll check out the links when I get home)
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
imagirlgeek
by Bronze Member on May. 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Here's the full article from the 2nd link.  It tells why he's there.

===========================

There is a tendency to assume that very American who gets into trouble has a CIA connection. With Raymond Davis, that did indeed turn out to be the case, but there is no reason to believe that aid worker Warren Weinstein was anything but what he claimed to be. It is too early to know if his abduction from his residence in Lahore was a case of kidnapping for ransom or if the motive was political, but that has not stopped the whispers. In either case, that question should now be moot; finding Weinstein is the priority.

As part of his work with JE Austin, Weinstein was helping import dairy chillers for farms in the rural areas of Pakistan. Like many other American aid workers in Pakistan, he was working on programmes for USAID, which could be a possible motive for his kidnapping. The danger now is that vital foreign aid programmes will grind to a halt as foreigners fear coming to the country and those who are already here flee in droves. This is especially true since Weinstein was living in the affluent Model Town area. Weinstein’s abductors need to be arrested and he must be recovered safely as soon as possible so that foreigners start feeling more secure here. The initial signs are not good as the police already seem to be scapegoating Weinstein for his own kidnapping. They claim that Weinstein should have registered himself with the police in Lahore, although how that would have prevented the kidnapping is not clear. Meanwhile, not only will every other US aid worker in Pakistan feel unsafe, they will also believe that their reasons for being in the country are being scrutinised. Here the fault lies with both the US and the Pakistan governments. Too many people, allegedly here for humanitarian reasons, have been found to do a bit of freelance spy work on the side. The worst example of this was the fake US vaccination programme that was actually taking DNA samples to locate Osama bin Laden. Section of the media loves nothing more than to cry CIA at every American. Weinstein, it seems, was caught between these competing narratives.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I have not seen this story...

Where is he and why is he there?

(I'm mobile, I'll check out the links when I get home)


--------------------------------------------
You don't have to be judgmental and be like "Oh, he's using his freedom the wrong way!  I want him to use his freedom the way I use my freedom!"  You can't do that. You have to be tolerant.  People say "Oh no, you can't be tolerant. What if they do something you don't like?" Tolerance does not mean endorsement.  -- Ron Paul
blondekosmic15
by Blonde on May. 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

 

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I have not seen this story...

Where is he and why is he there?

(I'm mobile, I'll check out the links when I get home)

 

Al Qaeda posts video of kidnapped American development worker

 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- An American development worker kidnapped last year from his home in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore has appeared in a video released by Al Qaeda, saying his captors will kill him if President Obama does not meet their demands.

Warren Weinstein, 70, was abducted from his home in an upscale neighborhood last August, just days before he was slated to finish his work in Pakistan and leave for the U.S. In December, Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri appeared in a video and stated that his terror network was holding Weinstein.

Pakistani officials have said they believe that Weinstein is being held somewhere in the country's volatile tribal region along the Afghan border, where Al Qaeda militants and other Islamic extremist groups maintain strongholds.

The 2-minute, 40-second video of Weinstein, released on Sunday, shows him dressed in a traditional Pakistani tunic as he calmly urges Obama to acquiesce to Al Qaeda's demands. In the December video, Zawahiri demanded an end to all U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, as well as the release of all Al Qaeda and Taliban militants currently being detained.

"If you accept the demands, I live," Weinstein said in the video, directing his remarks to Obama. "If you don't accept the demands, then I die."

Weinstein appears alone in the video, which was posted on jihadist Internet forums by Al-Sahab, Al Qaeda's media wing. It is not known when the video was made.

Addressing his wife, Elaine, Weinstein said, "I'm fine, I'm well, I'm getting all my medications. I'm being taken care of." Weinstein, whose home is in Rockville, Md., suffers from asthma and high blood pressure.

He urged Obama to move quickly to secure his release. "It's important you accept the demands and act quickly and don't delay," he said. "There'll be no benefit in delaying. It will just make things more difficult for me."

Weinstein had been based in Lahore for seven years. At the time of his kidnapping, he was the country director for J.E. Austin Associates, an Arlington, Va., consultant for development projects in Pakistan and a host of other countries. According to the company's website, the firm often works with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the American government's primary international aid organization.

Weinstein's abduction was followed by a spate of kidnappings of other foreign aid and development workers. One worker with the Red Cross, Khalil Dale of Britain, was found beheaded in the southwestern city of Quetta on April 29. His captors left a note on his body saying he was killed because their ransom demands were not met.

jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on May. 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM
2 moms liked this

Those are stiff demands and I also pray for his safety and release asap.  This definitely places a heavy weight of fear on the other USAID workers for their own lives, depending on the outcome.

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on May. 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM
2 moms liked this

My understanding concerning the tribal region where Mr Weinstein may be held captive, these areas are lawless and Pakistan authorities are hesitant to enter...

imamomzilla
by on May. 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM
1 mom liked this

 Wow. My prayers are with him.

praying

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on May. 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM
2 moms liked this

 

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Wow. My prayers are with him.

praying

I can only imagine the pain his wife and family must be experiencing. May God help this man~

Abaco
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM
1 mom liked this

Thanks for posting Blonde.....I'll be praying for this man and his family.

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)