March 26, 2002

PAY, THEN PUNISH :

U.S. Facilitated Ransom to Abu Sayyaf (Bret Baier, March 25, 2002, FOX News)
News that the government facilitated the ransom payment comes just one month after State Department officials announced a change in longstanding U.S. policy of not paying ransoms to kidnappers. At the time, officials said the new policy reflected the possibility such payments could be used to help track down the hostage takers.

Yeah, yeah, I know...everybody thump your chest and declare how we should never negotiate with terrorists and how this shows the Administration has gone soft, blah, blah, blah... Okay, feel better? Now let me ask : why not?

Why not pay them some money, get our folks out and then hunt everyone associated with the kidnappers down like dogs, as the Israelis did to the murderers of their Olympic athletes? Then we take the money and give it to a kibbutz or something. Seems like we'd only have to do it once or twice before the kidnappings stopped, but in the meantime we'd have saved a few innocent Americans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 26, 2002 5:53 PM
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