Pak Taliban: Release Aafia Siddique or the Swiss Will Die

Ah, yes, more evidence that the Taliban are just "freedom fighters". It's just like that time that George Washington threatened to kill an Estonian couple if King George didn't release all American prisoners. Holding civilians from neutral countries hostage is just what "freedom fighters" do, right?

Here's the skinny:

'This is the announcement, a new announcement, for the Swiss government, for Pakistan government and for American government,' Och said as he held a local English newspaper dated September 15.

'We are in danger here, and please let go Aafia Siddiqui from America, and so please let go the prisoners that Pakistan have from Taliban,' he said in the video watched by dpa correspondent.

'Let them go because we are in tension, we have much of problem. If you do not, I think, it is the last time we can talk to this government.' ...

Waliur Rehamn, deputy head of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organization of more than a dozen militant outfits, said on July 29 that his organization was holding the couple....

The militant leader warned that if Aafia was not released, their Islamic court will decide the fate of the Swiss. He warned that the group would not hesitate to carry out any sort of punishment, an indirect reference to the past executions of Westerners.

I'm not blaming the hostages -- the barbarians in the Taliban are fully responsible for their fate -- but who on earth would ever visit Pakistan if they didn't have to?

Posted by: Rusty at 11:38 AM

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