reply to post by Wrabbit2000
I would agree with you that there are more established counter-terrorism units around the world,. However, the reality is that such capabilities are
often subject to circumstances, rather than skill.
Many would attribute it to luck, but a professional would prefer to look up a whole range of issues - selection of soldier, training, funds, support,
intelligence, rationality of overall civilian commander giving the final order, etc, for it is the whole that makes a rescue operation successful.
But make NO mistakes, such rescue operations are surgical in nature, and there are ALWAYS high odds, as they will be dealing with many whom have NO
regard for others lives and may be too stupid to realize that they too will lose theirs if a raid gets underway.
The overall civlian commander, often a cabinet minister if not the president or the prime minister himself, will have to make that judgement call,
that awesome and frightening responsibility, to procede, or to abandon.
In most democracies, only the truly worthy person is elected, not only on just capability, but empathy as a human as well. In hostage crisis
situations, he would have rationally weigh all pros and cons, and espacially the concern for precious human lives.
However, most of the time, it is the terrorists whom calls the shot, and not the overall commander, such as beginning to kill all the hostages. That
would be a red line, where the call to act must come immediately, to save as many as possible, regardless of any condemnation later.
Would the SAS, Spetnaz, GSG9, or other special force units around the world, done better than Algeria's own special forces? No one will ever know now,
but the fact remains, someone, even if they are only rookie cops, have to react when hostages are being slaughtered, to save whomever that remains.
Blame the terrorists, not those whom are trying their best, even sacrificing their own lives in the face of bullets towards them, to save others,
regardless if within the hostage situation, or later should the terrorists break free to do their harm upon many others at a latter time.....
edit on 19-1-2013 by SeekerofTruth101 because: (no reason given)