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May 02, 2005

Australia shows how to handle hostage takers

Well, we did first, but we have to give credit, lots of it, to Australia for having the courage to do what Italy didn't — ignore the hostage takers.

From CNN:

The Australian government says it will not negotiate with a group that has taken an Australian citizen hostage in Iraq.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Monday morning this was a moment he had dreaded, but there would be no change in his government's stance.

It's a really tough thing to do, but negotiating with terrorists only empowers more terrorists, and causes more deaths. I feel sorry for the hostage, 63-year-old Douglas Wood, because in that situation few people would have the courage to take a stand for higher values. A notable exception we should all remember would be Italian hostage, Fabrizio Quattrocchi.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 2, 2005 08:43 AM

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