kidnapped Pearl with gun to headMilitants kidnap US journalist:

‘A Pakistani group seeking better conditions for prisoners being held by the US in Cuba says it has kidnapped an American journalist who went missing last week… An accompanying message sent to US news organisations said Mr Pearl was being held in inhuman conditions – similar, it said, to those experienced by al-Qaeda suspects being held at the US base at Guantanamo Bay. ” BBC Human rights advocates don’t want to say ‘I told you so’, just as it was taboo after the 9/11 attacks to suggest that American global neocolonialist swagger had contributed to inviting Muslim fundamentalist wrath, but it is clear that the Administration’s arrogant assertion that the POWs in Guantanamo are not entitled to human dignities and the protections of the Geneva convention has invited this. But then of course it’s in the interest of the Administration to demonstrate that there are still nasty terrorists out there in case the popularity polls begin to show waning enthusiasm, isn’t it?