Oct 28, 2015

Brutal Meme Reveals the RIGHT Way to Negotiate With Terrorists

By on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

From WND:
The one country in the world that faces the most constant threat of terror is Israel, and while the government will not negotiate a political settlement with terrorist groups (like Hamas), they will do everything in their power to secure the release of one of their soldiers held by terrorist groups, including swapping large numbers of Palestinian prisoners.

Israel exchanged 1,027 prisoners to win the release of soldier Gilad Schalit, held by Hamas for five years. Included in that swap were more than 250 Palestinian prisoners who had received life sentences for planning or participating in terrorist acts against Israel.
Not only that, but, “Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari was quoted in the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al-Hayat as confirming that the prisoners released as part of the deal were collectively responsible for the killing of 569 Israelis” (according to Wikipedia, with references).
How do the families of these 569 Israelis feel about a swap like this?
Sadly, in June it was reported that one of the Palestinian prisoners released in the Gilad Schalit deal (who had been serving a life sentence for killing Palestinians who had collaborated with Israel) murdered a senior Israeli police officer on Passover Eve.
So, the freedom of one Israeli resulted directly in the murder of another Israeli. Can this possibly be right?
And that, of course, is one of the great problems in negotiating with terrorists, since complying with their demands means that, first, we officially recognize them, which is one of their goals; and second, that we potentially empower them, since they are now emboldened to take more hostages.
So, if your loved one was held hostage by ISIS and you wanted to accede to their demands – let’s say a $1 million payment – but you knew that freeing your loved one would only result in their taking more hostages, would you do it? And if you knew that in giving them that money the funds would likely be used to kill and imprison and torture others, would you still comply?
The Obama administration came under serious criticism for negotiating the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, not only because of the stealthy manner in which it was carried out but also because we released five Taliban leaders in exchange for Bergdahl, men who were in the upper echelon of Taliban leadership and who were dead set on continuing their violent acts.

On the other hand, don’t we have to do everything in our power to get a POW back home, even if, at one time, he may have been a defector?
Unfortunately, this is not a problem that is going away soon, and it’s hard to imagine the agony families have gone through as they dealt with these situations, in particular those families that expressed frustration with the government for not doing enough to spare their loved ones from a brutal and gory death.
But if we make terrorists more powerful by negotiating with them, are we putting others at greater risk? 


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