Thomas Hamill: Part II

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"I've had people tell me, 'those people aren't even willing to stand up and fight for their own freedoms over there.' We don't have any idea what it's like over here," says Thomas Hamill.

Now, almost a year after his abduction by militants in Iraq and his escape 23 days later, the Macon, Miss., native says he's not bitter, but instead better.

"I'm not bitter. I've gone to a country that I'm thankful that I'm not having to raise my children in a country like that, because the way they have to live or the way they've had to live, those people have to live in fear," said Hamill. "We would be running the roads over there and kids, little small kids, would come running, dozens of them, begging for food and water, nasty and dirty. I mean, we have so much to be thankful for."

"I don't care how far down you think you are, you ain't living under no terrorists like Saddam or anybody like that over there. Iraqis are afraid of these terrorists, too. They're afraid of these people. Some of them there are. There are a lot of good people over there," says Hamill.

"We had people in our own country during our own revolution that almost gave up because they didn't think it was winnable. It happened here and it happened over there and these people are going to have to be, and this election that happened a few weeks ago, is going to be a motivational thing for these people," Hamill said. "I believe they're going to start standing up and I believe they're going to. Hopefully, they're going to start turning in some of these insurgents. I know they see them everyday. They know where they're at. They're just afraid to say anything."

In the final part of our series, Hamill talks about his future plans and responds to some who say that he's gotten "rich" from his ordeal.


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