New Effort To Free WNY Man Held in Iraq

New Effort To Free WNY Man Held in Iraq

There are 11 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Jul 14, 2007, titled New Effort To Free WNY Man Held in Iraq. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

A Minneapolis based group seeks support to allow them to search in Iraq for five hostages including Jonathon Cote who is from Western New York.

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Chris

Buffalo, NY

#1 Jul 16, 2007
i give these guys credit for wanting to do something to help their friend, but in wartime, you cannot negotiate with terrorists! That's all there is to it. You negotiate this one time, provide the terrorists with the ransom, and then what? You go on and continue to pay ransom every time they capture a hostage? You just can't do that. Who's to say that they would even give the hostage up once you pay anyway?
It's like Hillary thinking you can sit down and talk to these terrorists. They don't WANT to talk, they want to kill and take over the world, period!
Denise Maraschiello

Buffalo, NY

#2 Jul 16, 2007
We must remember that even though Jonathan is no longer a member of the military he completed his tour of duty and served his country. Most importantly, he is an American citizen who deserves the support and help of the government. It is absurd that these men are still not home yet. Shame on Washington!
Elizabeth

Athol, MA

#3 Jul 16, 2007
I don't think anyone would disagree, negotiating with terrorists is risky, dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

However, the important thing to remember about this situation is that the families and friends of these 5 men have been brought to the point where they have so little faith in their government that they feel that the only option is to take matters into their own hands.

These young men all spent several years serving our country and now that it is time for our country to serve them, we are failing them. In doing so, we are doing all of our vetrans a large injustice.

Any American citizen, whether they are a journalist, a missionary or a security contractor, deserves to be a top priority when they are in a situation such as this.

The fact that these families have waited patiently for 8 months for their government to step up and do something, with little to no reassurance or indication of effort, is discouraging, disheartening and ridiculous.

Hopefully bringing additional attention to the situation and demanding action will prompt the appropriate officials to make a serious and admirable effort to bring these men home to their families and loved ones.

Undoubtedly, this should have never come to this, but the deserving amount of effort is better late than never.

Once that effort is made, American civilians will not be in a place where they find it necessary to consider negotiations with terrorist organizations.
Jenny

United States

#4 Jul 16, 2007
Oooooooooooh Chris,
You are the PERFECT example of an uninformed American. If you would kindly re-visit http://www.wgrz.com/news/news_article.aspx... and actually READ the letter written and corresponding article, you will learn that those who conducted the attack are not terrorists but Iraqi civilians. It is easy to label an Iraqi criminal as a "terrorist", but these men are not that. An Iraqi man may steal from a store, murder another man, or in this case abduct another human being, and that makes them a civilian CRIMINAL. The situation would be hauntingly similar if a group in Mexico abducted a United States veteran like Jon. Should we just let it go and label him a terrorist as well? Where does THAT end, Chris?
All we can ask of people like you, is that you actually get the facts before jumping to conclusions and posting your uneducated comments.
Outsider

United States

#5 Jul 16, 2007
The man may have been a U.S. serviceman before, but he chose to become a mercenary. Let the people who hired him and put him in harm's way worry about getting him back. If he had re-upped and returned to duty in Iraq, I would feel differently, but he chose to go for the big bucks, and now he is paying the price.
Jenny

United States

#6 Jul 18, 2007
' Senior commanders acknowledge the value of contractors, especially those that are armed and ready to fight if attacked.

At his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the multinational force in Iraq, said that the "surge" by US forces in Iraq might not include enough American troops. "However, there are tens of thousands of contract security forces and [Iraqi] ministerial security forces that do, in fact, guard facilities and secure institutions," he added. "That does give me the reason to believe that we can accomplish the mission in Baghdad." '

Taken from an article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070718/ts_csm/a...

Since: Jul 07

Clarence, NY

#7 Jul 19, 2007
Outsider wrote:
The man may have been a U.S. serviceman before, but he chose to become a mercenary. Let the people who hired him and put him in harm's way worry about getting him back. If he had re-upped and returned to duty in Iraq, I would feel differently, but he chose to go for the big bucks, and now he is paying the price.
My brother did not choose to become a mercenary; he chose to work for a private security company helping support coalition troops. He made this choice after realizing he needed more money to continue his college education. I see no fault with that choice. It was amazing to hear about how my brother talked to many soldiers, while he was working for Crescent, who wanted to make the same choice after serving their military contract. As far as you feeling differently if he “re-upped”…no one cares how you feel. What you should feel is hope that these men are reunited with their loved ones who miss them dearly. I doubt you served in the military during war, and if you did, I doubt you would have “re-upped” to go back. It is easy for you to cop-out and make your heartless comments sitting at your computer. My brother chose going to college instead of rejoining the military. I think it was a wise choice considering he had already served four honorable years, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is clear that you do not know all of the facts, so until you do keep your uncaring comments to yourself.

Sincerely,

The brother of Jonathon Cote
Outsider

United States

#8 Jul 20, 2007
Christopher Cote wrote:
<quoted text>
My brother did not choose to become a mercenary; he chose to work for a private security company helping support coalition troops. He made this choice after realizing he needed more money to continue his college education. I see no fault with that choice. It was amazing to hear about how my brother talked to many soldiers, while he was working for Crescent, who wanted to make the same choice after serving their military contract. As far as you feeling differently if he “re-upped”…no one cares how you feel. What you should feel is hope that these men are reunited with their loved ones who miss them dearly. I doubt you served in the military during war, and if you did, I doubt you would have “re-upped” to go back. It is easy for you to cop-out and make your heartless comments sitting at your computer. My brother chose going to college instead of rejoining the military. I think it was a wise choice considering he had already served four honorable years, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is clear that you do not know all of the facts, so until you do keep your uncaring comments to yourself.
Sincerely,
The brother of Jonathon Cote
You make a lot on assumptions about someone you never heard of before. I won't tell you about my service record except to say I never served as a merc. There are several programs to help vets get education. He didn't have to become a merc.

Since: Jul 07

Clarence, NY

#9 Jul 23, 2007
Outsider wrote:
<quoted text>You make a lot on assumptions about someone you never heard of before. I won't tell you about my service record except to say I never served as a merc. There are several programs to help vets get education. He didn't have to become a merc.
Funny how you point out my "assumptions"...take a look at yours. I didn't see a problem with assuming since you seemed to do the same.
Outsider

United States

#10 Jul 28, 2007
Christopher Cote wrote:
<quoted text>
Funny how you point out my "assumptions"...take a look at yours. I didn't see a problem with assuming since you seemed to do the same.
No one cares how you feel either. Your brother is a MERCENARY, because he chose to fight for money, rather than fight out of patriotism. He must have know our government's stance about negotiating with terrorist. It is his EMPLOYER'S responsibility to figure out how to get him back without supporting terrorism by giving them money.

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#11 Jul 28, 2007
Outsider wrote:
<quoted text>No one cares how you feel either. Your brother is a MERCENARY, because he chose to fight for money, rather than fight out of patriotism. He must have know our government's stance about negotiating with terrorist. It is his EMPLOYER'S responsibility to figure out how to get him back without supporting terrorism by giving them money.
People do care how I feel as shown by the immense support my family and I have received. My brother did not "fight for money" you obtuse pathetic excuse for a human being. I thought that was made clear in my first response to your ignorant comments, but I'm not surprised you failed to comprehend. He chose to support the coalition forces by guarding convoys through Crescent Security. In case you forgot, and you obviously did (not surprised AGAIN since you make comments based on very limited knowledge), he already served four honorable years, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Based on your definition, anyone who fights for money is a mercenary. Didn’t you get paid to fight in a war when you were in the military? So don’t equivocate with patriotism. If that’s the only reason you fought, you owe Uncle Sam a check. How can you assume that you knew his intentions? I fail to see your point, if you’re even capable of making one. I have yet to see evidence of this. Once again, we are not leaving my brother’s fate in the hands of the company that hired him. They have almost ceased operating and are not able to handle necessary efforts for search and rescue. It has now fallen upon family and friends to take whatever actions necessary to assure their safe return. Keeping in mind the fact that he is a citizen of this country and an Army Veteran, these actions should also be taken by the government. This response sure does sound familiar...take some time to comprehend when you read my responses as I’m growing tired of repeating myself. Your opinions are mindless and a waste of EVERYONE'S time…including your own.

Sincerely,

The brother of Jonathon Cote

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