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Posted: 9/14/2001 7:05:05 PM EDT
Here's a not-too-implausible scenario: The United States captures and imprisons some terrorists (or their financiers, or their spiritual leaders, or whomever). The terrorists retaliate by taking Americans hostage and demanding an exchange of prisoners. Should the US refuse to negotiate in such a scenario? If so, will the public understand why someone's parent/sibling/spouse had to die when the government could have cut a deal? A side question: was the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 an act of war?
Link Posted: 9/14/2001 7:09:49 PM EDT
Don't give anyone ideas.
Link Posted: 9/14/2001 7:17:19 PM EDT
As to our Embassy the answer is YES it was an act of war. The Embassy was United States Soil and an attact on it is the same as an attack within our borders.
Link Posted: 9/14/2001 8:05:50 PM EDT
If you are unfortunate enough to become a hostage, figure you already are dead and plan accordingly. Negotiations with scumbags just bring you more scum down the road.
Link Posted: 9/14/2001 8:09:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By PaulieWalnuts: Don't give anyone ideas.
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Hostage taking has been going on for a long, long time. I think that preparation for a difficult decision is worth the astronomically remote chance of suggesting something that hasn't occurred to the terrorists yet.
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