Below I posted about the Italian journalist Sgrena. According to the Washington Times, the U.S. may have been kept in the dark about the release because the Italians were paying a hefty ransom. The U.S. (the adult in the family) disapproves of such practice because it only serves to create a “market” for hostages in the future. Not to mention the fact that now the terrorists have that much more money with which to buy explosives.
If I’m a journalist in Iraq right now I’d be thinking how much I’m worth on this market…..and wondering if my government would be willing to pay that price. Be sure to check out the links to the post below, there’s lots more.