James Foley and Paying Ransoms for Hostages

August 26, 2014 – Today’s topic is ransoms3060727374_14f1bac372_z set by captors for their hostages.

Militant groups have used ransom demands to get funding for their activities. The topic of paying these ransoms has come into light with the recent killing of American journalist James Foley. He was said to be held by the militant group Islamic State, which demanded hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for his freedom.

The U.S. is known for refusing to pay these ransoms. However, it’s been documented that Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and France have all paid ransoms.

Because it’s understood that these countries will pay, members of militant groups prefer hostages from these countries.

What are your thoughts on these ransoms and the U.S. government’s position not to pay them?