It is being reported that Abu Dhabi television has video evidence (see * below) which appears to substantiate claims that Kenneth Bigley, a UK citizen who had been held hostage in Iraq for some weeks, has now been murdered brutally by his captors. As I have said in this blog before: Terrorism cannot, and must not, ever be appeased. Painful as it is, Tony Blair would have been entirely wrong to consider, even for a second, interceding in this matter in an effort to have the two female Iraqis currently being held in Iraq under nominal Iraqi authority (but in reality under US control), whatever the justice or injustice of their continuing detention. (* - I stated earlier that Abu Dhabi TV had aired the video. I now understand this is incorrect; it seems that a Reuters correspondent has seen the video, however, and reported that it shows Mr Bigley being murdered)
I offer my sincere condolences to Kenneth Bigley's family and friends, if his demise is confirmed, as looks (unfortunately) increasingly likely.