Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Regarding "Joy in Italy as 2 aid workers go free in Iraq", IHT, September 29, 2004: Thank G'd Simona Pari and Simona Torretta returned home safely. Thank who? If indeed a ransom was paid for the release of the two Simonas, the Italian government - together with the Dutch, Israeli, Spanish, French and other governments that negotiated with or gave in to the demands of terrorists and criminals - will bear partial responsibility for the fate of all present and future victims of kidnappings and other terrorist activities. If - as in the case of Arjan Erkel, the Dutchman who was taken hostage in Dagestan while working for Doctors Without Borders - the aid organizations for which the two italian women worked participated in the negotiations and/or contributed to any ransom, it should come as no surprise if some people will refrain from donating money to such charities, since that money might end up financing terror activities. Neither should we be surprised if even more American voters will hesitate to vote for John Kerry, since - if that was possible - he would be chosen by an overwhelming majority in Europe, a fact that strengthens Bush' image as being the only one who is tough on terror.

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