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Reaction to hostage taking

Reader comment on item: [Nepal and France:] Two Opposite Responses to Terrorism

Submitted by Mitzi Alvin (United States), Sep 15, 2004 at 11:40

I don't see why the only possible reaction to hostage taking has to be violence against innocents (with a similar background to the hostage takers) or appeasement. Surely, there must be a third way. To my mind, the only group which has acted responsibly to what most people would consider unendurable terrorism has been the Israelis. Considering the pressures they are under and the resources they can bring to bear, they have shown a courage and restraint that is phenomenal...

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