It’s perhaps the most longstanding element of US counter-terrorism strategy: America does not negotiate with terrorists. At least it was, until yesterday.
Because yesterday, in an announcement from the White House, President Obama threw that tradition overboard.
Far more Europeans than Americans have been captured by groups like al-Qaeda, because these groups know that Europeans equal bags of hard cash.
Ransom payments endanger many more innocents than they save, because they threaten the security of innocents around the world. It’s not just about us. It’s about the bombs that the money is used to build. It’s about the innocent lives that cold cash helps to end.
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