Post: The Hostage Dilemma


For several days the fate of two hostages was held in the balance while the world waited to see if ISIS would release them in exchange for a woman jihadist held in a Jordanian jail.

Two days ago we heard that Japanese journalist Kenji Goto had been brutally beheaded by ‘Jihadi John’, the man with a British accent who murdered Alan Henning last October; the man who the British security forces vowed they would capture.  So far there is no news of Lt Moaz al-Kasasbey, the Jordanian pilot who has now been held for over forty days. Supporters of his family and tribe are growing in number. Their voices are getting louder in their demands for the Jordanian Government to do more to release al-Kasasbey.

In the meantime the United States and Britain, among other countries proclaim that they will never pay ransom money or negotiate with terrorists. On the other hand there have been situations when ransoms have been paid to secure the release of hostages and there have been numerous cases where hostages have been  released in exchange for prisoners.

The tragedy is that while our world leaders take the high moral stance or are paralysed by indecision the real victims here are the hostages themselves. Theirs must be a nightmare of living hell while their relatives suffer the emotional pain of helplessness.

What does seem evident is that ISIS is following its own agenda. Part of that agenda is:

Until the world has a better understanding of the ‘mind’ of ISIS it will be impossible to defeat this most dangerous terrorist group to date. In the meantime an increasing number of hostages will continue to be sacrificed.