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Hostages and the Value of Life
The Diplomad nails it with regard to how non-Western governments (and a few Western ones like the Russians) view the taking of hostages by terrorists:

The objective of these operations is to kill the hostage-takers, and end the embarrassment and threat they pose to the government. Once the hostages fall into the hands of the crazies, they are written off. The thinking is brutal and simple, "I don't care about the hostages you have. You have no bargaining chip. I am going to kill you."

Posted by:Steve White

#6  that's it. They are killers. They start with the Americans and proceed thru the rest of the Christians. Those people were dead the minute they were taken.
Posted by: Frank G   2013-01-21 19:40  

#5  …it is a perfectly accurate description of the attitude most of the world has towards hostages and hostage-takers.

They’re not hostage-takers. This illustrates the folly of calling them bombers sometimes and gunmen at other times. Hell, a couple of months ago you might just as well called ‘em limb loppers. Their motives are clear. They’re Islamic Terrorists! Every action against them should start and end with that base line.
Posted by: DepotGuy   2013-01-21 19:27  

#4  Stopping for a moment this morning to remember a few heroes.
Posted by: Beoseker   2013-01-21 08:30  

#3  Also it sends the message..

"Don't get taken hostage" which is the most successful anti-hostage strategy.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2013-01-21 08:25  

#2  "I don't care about the hostages you have. You have no bargaining chip. I am going to kill you."

Want to do it again?
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823   2013-01-21 06:17  

#1  The question that must be asked is "Which strategy results in less loss of life in the long run?"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-01-21 01:45