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

    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.

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

    I honestly don't know. I mean, I can understand why they would want to pay the ransom as to get their loved one back but at the exact same time it's going to reinforce the behavior of the terrorists who, seeing that they were able to get money off of one hostage, will continue to do so and possibly in even greater numbers and higher ransoms.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    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


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

    You can't spend your money on many things already. This is in keeping with that.
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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.

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    I'd leave the country and make the payment, collect my loved one and deduct it from my taxes, sense the whole fact that the Islamic state and other groups are running freely about the ME wreaking havoc because of the power vacuums created by US policy in the region.
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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'd leave the country and make the payment, collect my loved one and deduct it from my taxes, sense the whole fact that the Islamic state and other groups are running freely about the ME wreaking havoc because of the power vacuums created by US policy in the region.
    You have large sums of money available to fund terrorist organizations?
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    I see both sides of the issue. If I am the POTUS and commander in chief, I can't tolerate any Americans funding terrorists, under any circumstances. That puts more troops in danger. This is evident in that European countries often "don't pay ransom" but allow money to be funneled to ISIS via third parties - which gives ISIS incentive to go after other citizens of those countries.

    If it is my kid? I'd move hell or highwater to pay the ransom.

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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.

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    No they should not be allowed to pay ransoms to terrorists.Because every dollar they give to terrorists goes towards kidnapping and killing more innocent people.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Yes, but only if it's someone I personally know.

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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
    And yet Obama gave into a ransom of, iirc, 5 known terrorists for what many people believe to be a traitor. I may be wrong but I don't recall ANY other President doing such an idiotic exchange.
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