secret weapon: balloon animals?

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    Protester entertains kidnappers with circus tricks

    A British peace protester who was kidnapped by rebels in Iraq won over her captors with circus tricks, it emerged yesterday.

    Law graduate Jo Wilding, 29, befriended Mujahideen fighters in the besieged city of Fallujah by making a handkerchief disappear and creating balloon animals.

    The Bristol protester, who travelled to Iraq before the war but was expelled when bombing started, later returned to the country to help deliver supplies to hospitals and to teach circus skills to Iraqi children.

    But, while transporting medicines in and out of the central city of Fallujah, a stronghold of Sunni insurgents that has been besieged by American forces, she and a group of campaigners were kidnapped for 20 hours by Mujahideen fighters.

    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/22/1082616271351.html
     
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    weird.
     
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    That's a wild story.
    In stark contrast to similar stories with different endings--slit throats and the like.
     
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    Maybe some of the baloons were filled with nitrous.
     
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    That would explain it!
     
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    It's like a reverse "Stockholm Syndrome."

    Side note: For those of you who don't know, Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological condition in which the kidnap victims grow attached to their kidnappers. It is named for its first documented case, in which four Swedes were held hostage in a bank vault for six days before being released.
     

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