Part of the ransom that was said to have been paid by the German government for the release of Iraq hostage Susanne My-kidnappers-are-good-guys Osthoff with ties to the former Saddam-regime was found on her after her release, according to the German newsmagazine FOCUS on Saturday .
Without revealing its sources, FOCUS reported that officials at the German embassy in Baghdad had found several thousand U.S. dollars in the archaeologist's clothes when she "freshened up" at the embassy after being released.
The serial numbers on the banknotes matched the ones of the ransom the German government had paid Osthoff's kidnappers, FOCUS said.
A spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report. Well, what choice did they have.
I've said so before: Osthoff had ties to the Saddam regime and hadn't performed anything worth noting in her field of research since 2003 (and nothing earth-shaking before that). She had been married to an Arab, her ties to several Arab tribes have been revealed in the meantime. Who pays for her daughter's boarding school in Bavaria (the ex-husband doesn't) when Osthoff herself is notoriously strapped for cash?
And I am repeating myself again: Only in a country without ethics, values and a definite identification pattern could a irresponsible mother, a person who supported a criminal regime, somebody who values a murderous cult over her own culture, a vain egomaniac AND FRAUD gain cult status.
Her nomination for the prestigious media award Grimme Preis 2006 fits the bill. The Grimme Preis is supposed to reward people for against-the-mainstream TV contributions without consideration for applause and public approval. Osthoff was nominated for her weird interviews on German television. Based on that reasoning, any child molester will be able to claim the Grimme Preis from now on.
I've said too, that she, in all probability, wasn't even captured. On December 28, 2005, that was.
Different from crime stories, in real life the most obvious answer is usually the right one.