March 02, 2012

Egyptian Hostages Home After Ransom Paid

Officially it's "bail" money, but since they are intentionally skipping bail, let's call it a ransom:

A group of American, European and Palestinian pro-democracy activists accused of fomenting unrest in Egypt left Cairo on a plane after being allowed to post bail, U.S. and Egyptian authorities said....

"The U.S. government has provided a plane to facilitate their departure, and they have left the country," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday.

Nuland said the groups posted bail on behalf of their workers -- an amount that had been set at 2 million Egyptian pounds (about $332,000) each -- and whether they would return to face trial was "an issue that each one of them will have to make their own decision about."

I'm happy these guys are home, but not so happy they had to be put through this ordeal in the newly "democratic" Egypt.

Also, when you pay hostage takers ransom, you know what the lesson they learn is? Take more hostages.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:06 AM | Comments |