In a scene that has been repeatedly played since Operation Enduring Freedom commenced in Afghanistan four years ago, Michelle Naar-Obed left her home in December for a tour of duty. She knew, as did her husband, her 11-year-old daughter and her friends in Duluth, Minnesota, that she might never return.
But Naar-Obed is not a soldier. Neither is she a contractor or part of a civilian security force. She carries no weapon and will proclaim no political agenda during her tour in Iraq. She is a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, a small pacifist organization that was thrust into the spotlight following the November 26 abduction of four CPT workers in Baghdad who were accused by their captors of being spies and threatened with execution.