August 21, 2014

Why Did U.S. Make a Deal for Bergdahl, Not Foley?

Joshua Keating, Slate

The Associated Press

The moral question of whether to pay ransoms to terrorist groups—which I also wrote about in the context of the Boko Haram kidnappings in the spring—is an agonizing one. It’s hard to stand on principle after reading the accounts of what the Foley family has been through over the past 21 months, or taking into account ISIS’s threat that Steven Sotloff, a journalist for Time who is also in the group’s custody, will be next.

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TAGGED: James Foley, Bowe Bergdahl, ISIS, Taliban


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