Middle East The Sweet Taste of Freedom

Two more hostages return, but questions swirl about Terry Waite's links to U.S. arms-for-hostages dealings

The performances by American educator Thomas Sutherland and British church envoy Terry Waite as they emerged last week from years of captivity testified to the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit. Sutherland, 60, who spent most of his 2,347 days as a hostage in Lebanon tethered by ankle chains to a wall, calmly alternated tales of senseless beatings and profound depression with lighthearted quips about Waite, who, he reported, "snores awfully loudly." Waite, 52, limping from his years in chains, reported, "I was kept in total and complete isolation for four years." Yet 1,763 days in windowless cells neither dimmed his...

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