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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unrepresented View Post
    You have large sums of money available to fund terrorist organizations?
    Did you miss the part where I said I'd deduct it from my taxes.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I just happened to see something about this cruising news channels before hockey game tonight, and I went back and forth on this question. Right now, it is US policy to not allow family members of people held captive by terrorists to pay a ransom to those terrorists for the release of that family member. This kinda makes sense in that the money would go to fund terrorists. However, that is telling people that they cannot spend their money as they choose, to save the life of a loved one, and that kinda strikes me as wrong too. SO what do you think, should the US continue the policy of not allowing people to ransom family members from terrorists, or should we allow it.

    Poll incoming in a minute, be aware I type slow...
    I voted "No," though not for the reason that it funds terrorism. I don't think it should be allowed because it encourages kidnapping.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gringo allstar View Post
    Yes, but only if it's someone I personally know.
    Lol, you big kidder you. I would hope that a family member is someone you know.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I don't know, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, a man who is wanted for war crimes by the UN for murdering thousands of Shiites seem pretty darn dangerous to me.

    New York Times ~ Mullah Mohammad Fazl
    From the sounds of it, given his position, he likely ordered such a move, rather than killing those people himself. A dirtbag, to be sure.

    Weren't the Bergdahl Five released to house arrest in Qatar?
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    But we negotiate with terrorists all the time, and have for a long time.
    No, Obama is the only president to have ever done this.

    2002: The George W. Bush administration pays a $300,000 ransom to Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist extremist group in the southern Philippines, to secure the return of two American missionaries, Martin and Gracia Burnham. Efforts by the Philippine military to rescue the missionaries results in Martinís death, and Graciaís return to the United States. Whether Abu Sayyaf had even received the ransom money, was never confirmed.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I voted "No," though not for the reason that it funds terrorism. I don't think it should be allowed because it encourages kidnapping.
    I hear ya, but truly, I'd like to hear the families that have had personal experience with this answer this poll.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    I hear ya, but truly, I'd like to hear the families that have had personal experience with this answer this poll.
    Personal experience with this? Good luck with that, Montecresto.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Personal experience with this? Good luck with that, Montecresto.
    Lol, well I hope you know what I mean, I do realise I'm not going to hear from any here at DP. But maybe one day I'll here a family interviewed that has had a family member held for this. I suspect that they would answer this poll question differently than most people.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    No, they shouldn't allow it. But it's not about the money, it's about our country's resolve not to negotiate with terrorists. PERIOD
    If my daughter was being held I would kindly say **** you to anybody with that mindset, travel overseas and do whatever the **** I wanted to do...
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Lol, well I hope you know what I mean, I do realise I'm not going to hear from any here at DP. But maybe one day I'll here a family interviewed that has had a family member held for this. I suspect that they would answer this poll question differently than most people.
    Montecresto, think. What would you expect a family member to say? If it were a member of my family, I would do anything to see they were released safely. Could I let my child die if there were any small, itsy bitsy chance I could buy their release? Of course not. That's why we don't let those involved in emotional issues such as this be involved in making policy.
    The devil whispered in my ear, "You cannot withstand the storm." I whispered back, "I am ​the storm."

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