Such An Ungrateful Guest

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
It seems the kidnappers of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston feel that, frankly, their former captor should have been a little more thankful for their hospitality.


From the Times of London, via NRO Media Blog:

The kidnappers expressed bizarre resentment that Johnston, 45, had done nothing to thank them for their hospitality while they held him at gunpoint in a tiny cell.

"We used to give him everything he wanted," Abu Zobayer, an aide to Dagmoush, said.

"We spent £70 on his food every week. The Matouk restaurant [one of the best eateries in Gaza] got rich because we had to feed him."

Johnston has said that he fell ill from the food he was served. Zobayer commented: "It's not our problem that we gave him everything and he only ate a little."

Certainly, the kidnappers could have treated Johnston worse – they apparently didn't torture him, at least physically. But, as my mom always said, if you kidnap someone and hold them at gunpoint for 114 days, don't expect a thank you. Even if that Matouk hummus is the best in town.