Thursday, March 27, 2008

Great Minds in the Middle East

From The Daily Telegraph (UK):

"Kidnappers attempting to evade capture in Iraq have hit on a new, risk-free method of collecting ransom payments: the homing pigeon.

Iraqi police say they have recorded repeated instances of kidnappers leaving homing pigeons on the doorsteps of their victim's homes, with instructions for the families to attach cash to the birds' legs. The pigeons then deliver the ransom to the gangs' hideouts.

Pigeon-keeping is a popular hobby in Iraq, and enthusiasts there say that some of the stronger birds can carry weights of up to 2½ ounces on each leg.
One family attached $10,000 in $100 notes to the legs of five homing pigeons, which they found in a cage left on their doorstep. "

Hmmmm. Is the "Talibanning of pigeons" too far away? Maybe not.


Steve Bodio said...

Trouble is, the Talibanners and the kidnappers may be the same people..

That is no homer in the illo BTW.

MUST link to this!

PBurns said...

The picture is from the paper sourced. I think they might have chosen it for the visual parallel -- the cowl on the pigeon looks a bit like the bullet belt.