August 25, 2014

Don't Ransom Journalists

Thomas Ricks, Politico

The Associated Press

My own plan if I were kidnapped was that I would give my captors two days or so to sort out the situation, in case I had been taken out of some sort of confusion. (I knew one reporter who had been taken hostage in central Iraq, tied to a post in a rural animal shelter and then shown the rusty long-bladed knife that he was told would be used to cut off his head—but then was released within 24 hours.) After letting two days pass, I figured, I would try to escape, figuring that either I would succeed or I would be killed in the process. Either outcome would be preferable to being held for weeks, months or years.

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TAGGED: Iraq, James Foley


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