A month ago I talked about this story: two Canadians have been kidnapped by the radical Islamist Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and are being held hostage in the jungles of the Philippines. A new video has emerged, apparently, and this time there is a date:
“We’re told this is the absolute final warning, the final urgent appeal to governments — Philippine, Canadian — and families,” Ridsdel is quoted as saying by The Star. “If 300 million (Philippine pesos, or $8.3 million) is not paid for me by 3 p.m. on April 25th, they will behead me.” The camera then shifts to Hall, who repeats the warning, adding: “My specific appeal is to the Canadian government, who I know has the capacity to get us out of here. I’m wondering what they’re waiting for.”
I am pretty sure that some very smart people are telling the government, specifically Foreign Minister Dion and Prime Minister Trudeau to not pay: paying does not guarantee release and, worse, it just emboldens the terrorists and encourages more kidnappings. I happen to agree with that advice, in principle, but Messers Hall and Risdel are not my friends or colleagues and I am pretty sure that their friends and families are putting immense pressure on the government to “do something.”
In my view the correct “something” is to send these fellows to the Philippines …
… to work with their confrères in the Philippines armed forces to hunt down and kill many, many, manyAbu Sayyaf terrorists, quietly and without any fanfare: no talk, no press releases, just large scale killing to “communicate” to terrorists that kidnapping Canadians is not a good idea … but the Laurentian Elites would not approve.
Of course we have this for a government so, maybe not. Maybe they will pay, and encourage more kidnapping; or maybe they will just dither and hope for the best … governing is much harder than campaigning ever was.