TERRORISM: The Hostage Dilemma

In Ireland, Argentina and Chad, three unrelated cadres of terrorists called international attention to their alleged grievances by kidnaping innocent people and threatening to kill them unless certain concessions were made. The terrorists' actions posed once again the classic dilemma of whether or not to meet extortionists' demands. Governments that refuse to be blackmailed must answer to conscience and public opinion if hostages perish. On the other hand, yielding in the name of humanitarianism may only encourage more terrorism. In either case, the safety of the hostages cannot be assured, as...

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