Hmm - now people are saying he ought to use the money he is being paid to pay for the cost of his release. Media darling is a perilous niche.
Thing is - the poor fella had an awful time - and presumably the various governemnts who paid the troops want foreign investment, which I assume he represented in some way? And being kidnapped seems an occupational hazard for anyone in Iraq.
So I don't think the argument holds water.
I beg to differ, Deb. (Not that I want to turn this thread into a debating forum.
) I'm sure Mr wood had an awful time. But hey, he was in Iraq to make top dollars & should have known the risks. The Oz govt. (read taxpayers) spent considerable amounts of money to secure his release. To no avail. Then, on release, Mr Woods turns into a promoter of the conservative Oz & US governments & their positions on Iraq. Why on earth was this necessary? Why not just say thank you to the Australian people (most of whom did not want our troops to be in Iraq in the first place!) & leave it at that? (Especially as he has not lived in Oz for a long time & appeared to be more of a US citizen these days) We didn't need his political message followed by an expensive media deal, too.
And then when he suggested he might return to Iraq because of the business opportunities! Honestly!
I think Mr Wood came back to Australia so soon because a buck could be made from selling his story here. I doubt any other country was interested.
I like Mr Wood's brothers (what I've seen & heard of them in the media) a lot. Intelligent, compassionate people. As for Mr Woods himself - I don't like his values at all. He gives me the creeps.