Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Second Christian Hostage Confirmed Dead

There was speculation that the Taliban executed a second Korean hostage yesterday. Today, the body was found.

Fox News:

Police discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage slain by the Taliban in central Afghanistan while the group threatened Tuesday to kill more hostages if their demands were not met by Wednesday, the latest of several deadlines.

South Korea, meanwhile, pleaded with the international community to set aside the normal practice of refusing to cave into hostage-takers' demands, as it urged a peaceful resolution to a standoff. Twenty-one South Koreans remain captive.

While I sympathize with South Korea, you can't cave in to this activity. It will only put more people at risk in the future. As tragic as this is ... these people knew there was a risk of this happening, and chose to go anyway.

What we need to do is use every resource available to find them (hopefully alive), and make the kidnappers pay. We have to send a stern message that we will not negotiate ... we will kill.


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