Mauritania: Don't Pay Ransom for Hostages

It's almost as if you reward a behavior with money that that behavior will not only continue but get worse:

Mauritania on Sunday urged that no ransom be paid for European hostages held in the Sahel region by Al-Qaeda's North African wing, at a meeting of European and African defence ministers.

Twelve Europeans, six of them French, are now being held hostage in the arid and poor region south of the Sahara by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and by a breakaway faction of the militant group.

"I ask everyone to work to dry up the sources of terrorism and to push the kidnappers into a corner by not paying ransom," said Mauritania's defence minister, Ahmedou Ould Ideye, at the opening of the meeting.

France replied by saying it would keep all avenues of returning the hostages open, and then quickly surrendered.

Posted by: Rusty at 04:47 PM

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