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Former Swedish hostage claims bounty hunters took care of two kidnappers.
Spectator ^ | 06/29/05 | Spectator

Posted on 06/30/2005 2:31:14 PM PDT by Pikamax

Two down… Filed under: Sweden Iraq- Billy (Stockholm, Sweden)@ 8:24 pm

Yesterday we noted that Ulf Hjertström, the sexagenarian Swede who survived a 67-day kidnapping ordeal in Baghdad, reportedly was paying professional bounty hunters a handsome fee to track down his erstwhile captors. Expressen, a Swedish tabloid, picked up the story and got in touch with Hjertström to get the lowdown.

Hjertström, an oil broker whose career took him to Iraq 25 years ago, makes no bones about the decision to exact revenge on his abductors. “I’ve lived [in Iraq] for a long time. This is how things are done there. It’s nothing new to me,” he says.

Hearty Hjertström “doesn’t want to go into detail” about the bounty hunters, but assures Expressen that they are “the best money can buy.”

“They’re not twiddling their thumbs,” declares Hjertström, revealing that he has “received confirmation that two of [the kidnappers] have already been taken care of.” When asked to elaborate on the fate of the purportedly captured men, the Swede says he “hasn’t inquired” but has his “suspicions.”

Many in Sweden have expressed shock and dismay at Hjertström’s eye-for-an-eye approach. But the plucky pensioner claims that revenge is not his primary motive. “I just want the people of Baghdad to feel safe on the streets.”

Giuliana Sgrena could not be reached for comment.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bounty; hjertstrom; hostages; iraq; payback; paybackisabitch; sweden; sweetrevenge; turass
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To: Altair333

The Vikings emmigrated to America.


21 posted on 06/30/2005 3:23:56 PM PDT by John Will
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To: Pikamax
Giuliana Sgrena could not be reached for comment.

What a surprise. Good for Hjertström.
22 posted on 06/30/2005 3:24:23 PM PDT by SoIA-79 ("The plans differ; the planners are all alike." Bastiat)
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To: hunter112
The Swedes haven't been in a war for nearly 200 years

Neither have the Swiss but I wouldn't want to screw with them. I think it might have more to do with Socialist nitwittery and bending over for the Nazi's.
23 posted on 06/30/2005 3:24:37 PM PDT by SoIA-79 ("The plans differ; the planners are all alike." Bastiat)
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To: Altair333
Could these possibly be the descendants of the Vikings?

Maybe. Once upon a time. Bet most of the Vikings headed for the New World & Scotland, though.

24 posted on 06/30/2005 3:27:16 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Pikamax

Tell the Democrats we found our replacement for Rumsfeld.


25 posted on 06/30/2005 3:35:40 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: Pikamax

Ya gotta love this guy!


26 posted on 06/30/2005 3:36:50 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming)
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To: Pikamax
WoW.. A swede with a couple of big old hard ones..
They probably hang and are quite hairy too..

Just when you thought all Swedes were wimmens.. or sissys..

27 posted on 06/30/2005 3:43:20 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed me to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Pikamax
Giuliana Sgrena could not be reached for comment.

LOL! What a great closing line!!
28 posted on 06/30/2005 3:53:43 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Pikamax

"Revenge,is a dish, best served cold!"
Khan talking about Kirk

Wonder if one of the Iraqi sweeper's was named Khan?


29 posted on 06/30/2005 4:15:21 PM PDT by Bibman (Don't tread on me!)
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To: Dog

here is a guy who understands that you cant treat people like Swedes when they dont act like Swedes


30 posted on 06/30/2005 4:17:41 PM PDT by atlanta67
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To: 45Auto
"...if a civilian kills an enemy combatant in a war zone is that murder?"

Technically he becomes an unlawful combatant....

31 posted on 06/30/2005 4:27:37 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Altair333
Could these possibly be the descendants of the Vikings?

They haven't been of that ilk for many years. The whole country acquiesced to the Nazis in WWII.

32 posted on 06/30/2005 4:28:52 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: thoughtomator

They are those who were left when the Vikings left.


33 posted on 06/30/2005 4:31:46 PM PDT by RightWhale (withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty)
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To: Pikamax

Next stop Aruba...


34 posted on 06/30/2005 4:32:14 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Altair333
Could they possibly be any bigger pansies?

I assure you they are not pansies.

The people you read about are the homos in Copenhagen.

The ones who work for a living and who pull the wagon (they live southeast of Gothenburg) are the greatest people you ever want to meet. Most have served in the military, they work tirelessly, and have cheerful dispositions.

They also LOVE Americans, and are honest in their business dealings.

My source for this statement is the 10 years experience I have had dealing with them with significant sums of money.

35 posted on 06/30/2005 5:33:36 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6

I haven't been to Sweden, but I do suspect that its people have gotten a bad rap. I think there are a lot of honorable, courageous, rational Swedes, just as there are honorable, courageous, rational people in France, New England, even San Francisco. It's just that they seem to be a permanent minority in politics, which leads the government to act in a cowardly manner -- and to redefine society in such a way that cowardice is gradually imposed on an otherwise-good population.

The gradual destruction of Sweden (the Netherlands may be an equally good example) is an excellent topic for conservative scholars and commentators. It deserves far more attention, and the American people, more than a few of whom have Swedish ancestry, need to know more about it.


36 posted on 06/30/2005 5:42:09 PM PDT by California Patriot
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To: everyone

Sweden's neutrality in WW II is distressing and cannot be wished away. However, no other nation was subjected to the same test -- except Switzerland, which remained equally neutral yet has escaped trashing for it until recently.
What about neutral Ireland, which was much farther away
from the Reich?

Would Holland have remained neutral if it hadn't been attacked? Belgium? Denmark? Norway? Poland? Austria? Hungary? The United States?


37 posted on 06/30/2005 5:52:16 PM PDT by California Patriot
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To: expatpat

"The whole country acquiesced to the Nazis in WWII."

Well, they did send Raoul Wallenberg as ambassador to Hungary to save tens of thousands of Jews. He was one of the most courageous and decent men who ever lived. Ended up dying in a Soviet prison for his trouble- sad world.


38 posted on 06/30/2005 6:37:01 PM PDT by Altair333 (Stop illegal immigration: George Allen in 2008)
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To: Pikamax

Good on him! Swedish jihad rules!


39 posted on 06/30/2005 6:38:24 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: California Patriot

If it had been pure neutrality, like Switzerland, it would have been fine. However, it was not -- the Swedes let the Nazis have everything they wanted.


40 posted on 06/30/2005 7:43:59 PM PDT by expatpat
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