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Cook the Frog slowly

Reader comment on item: Gilad Shalit and Doing Business with Terrorists

Submitted by ASh (Israel), Oct 23, 2011 at 07:44

Most human beings will commit atrocities, if they are lead slowly but continuously, towards that.

If after abduction, and a few years of negotiation, any killer, terrorist, and psychopath can be released and go free, then in the long range, the question rises: why bother to capture them, bring then to justice, pay for their higher education, let them to become more sophisticated criminals, and then release them?

Why not set them free immediately, with no punishment AT ALL? In this way, those who pushed the government, might argue that the enemy would not have any incentive to abduct any more soldier, right? But then the frog of their mind would just jump out of their pans!

Releasing terrorists is WRONG. As Pipes argues, once you give in to one aspect (soldier being released), terror-organizations would continue to abduct people, in order to force the democratic countries to bow to them in other aspects of life (political, economical, religious, social, legislation, education, values, human rights, etc.).

Those who subsided to the pressure, please note the possibility, that tomorrow, or the day after, Terrorist Organizations/Countries, as ransom for releasing of one soldier (like Schalit), may demand from Israel to change the FLAG, the ANTHOM, the NAMES of CITIES, the National LANGUAGE, the IDENTITIY, the VALUES, the POLITICAL REGIME, the NEWS MEDIA and REPORTERS, the THEATER MANAGERS & WRITERS & ACTORS, the MANAGERS & TEACHERS OF SCHOOLS, the SUBJECT MATTER & RESEARCH & PROFESSORS in UNIVERSITIES & ACADEMY, … (please feel free to continue, so long that your freedom of thought still continues. This freedom of thought most probably is one of the earliest that would be demanded to expire!)

... Then, you leaders of "captive release at any price", what should you do? Will you be ready to sacrifice any of these aspects of life in order to satisfy the "beloved parents of that one soldier", and their supporters?

By the way, if citizens should be ransomed or be sacrificed to release soldiers (mama's babies at age 18+, as the are called in media), then what use is to bring citizens to the army? What use the soldiers may have if not defending citizens? Why do we need ARMY?

What is the line of defense? What value do you really have for the existence of free men (Jewish Nation, for example) in free country (Israel for instance)? How, we people, can ever rely on you, and your judgments, if you are ready to subside to such sentimental blackmail?

It is STILL our right to know what is our future, isn't it?

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