posted on May, 13 2004 @ 12:44 PM
The US has a "will not negotiate" policy. It has been in effect since the Iran hostage days. Nor should we ever negotiate with terrorists....ever.
If you think one person being executed is bad, imagine the bloodshed if we did negotiate. They would be taking people from around the and holding
U.S. Government Responsibilities When Private U.S. Citizens are Taken Hostage:
Based upon past experience, the U.S. Government concluded that paying ransom or making other concessions to terrorists in exchange for the release of
hostages increases the danger that others will be taken hostage. The U.S. Government policy is, therefore, to reject any demands for ransom, prisoner
exchanges, and deals with terrorists in exchange for hostage release. At the same time, the U.S. Government will make every effort, including contact
with representatives of the captors, to obtain the release of the hostages without paying ransom, exchanging prisoners, etc.
Consequently, the United States strongly urges American companies and private citizens not to pay terrorist ransom demands. It believes that good
security practices, relatively modest security expenditures, and continual close cooperation with embassy and local authorities can lower the risk to
Americans living in high-threat environments.
The U.S. Government is concerned for the welfare of its citizens but cannot support requests that host governments violate their own laws or abdicate
their normal law enforcement responsibilities.