ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200 million, should the USA and/or Tokyo give them the money?

Posted by: PetersSmith You know, considering the USA has to be involved in everything.

  • Yes; we can't risk the loss of lives. Otherwise, it would show that we care little for what ISIS does and they will continue to do what they want. Not giving them the money shows that we don't care about our people, which is a sign of weakness and causes a loss of morale.

  • No; giving them the money is a sign of government weakness. We do not negotiate with terrorists. The loss of two lives mean nothing in the long run, and not giving into their demands shows that they don't have power over us.

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  • Yes i think they should pay. They don't deserve that kind of ending. What did they do?

  • ISIS is begging for War.Unless we act first,WE can make a difference and show that we are BAD and TOUGH and they should FEAR us!! ISIS is going DOWN!!!

  • Funding terrorists in return for hostages just encourages more hostages to be taken, also the money will be used against us to harm people.

  • imagine how much harm they can do with that money

  • I hate it for the 2 hostages, but ISIS will gain power and momentum if we give them the money

    Posted by: Kylar
  • Ok, I care about life, but terrorists rarely keep their word, and it shows weakness

  • Try to enact a rescue operation, but at the end of the day, you can't show them you're willing to play that game. If you do, they'll be doing it left and right as a good way to make money. This isn't only a money because A) They'll use that money to kill people, and B) If you encourage hostage taking down the road, it is likely that people will be killed as a natural side-effect of that, probably more than if you just nipped the whole practice in the bud.

  • Im not trying to be heartless here i feal sorry for the hostages but giving 200,million pounds they can destroy the uk,america and japan with the weaponary they could get there hands on with that money it woulds be i dont think we should pay the money it would be realy dangerous with the money theyd be more dangerous than the taliban

  • IT's just two people.

  • 200 million = more innocent deaths.

  • We can't give them money, that just makes them stronger. What we should do is bomb the crap out of them and show them they can no longer behead innocent people.

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vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T14:50:51.6532524-06:00
Pay the money, and then attempt to establish diplomatic relations
Mister_Man says2015-01-20T14:51:06.3352290-06:00
Damn I actually don't know. If we give in and give them money then we've basically given in. If we don't, then two innocent people die and we could have done something about it. Hm.
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T14:51:33.0437114-06:00
Vaguelyjewishclearlyfab: Does ISIS even want to negotiate with the US?
vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T14:52:20.5081535-06:00
At the same time, we need to gather information about ISIS and its history. This will make reasoning with them an easier task
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T14:52:59.7199595-06:00
Vaguelyjewishclearlyfab: Again, do they even want to reason or do they want to do what they want?
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T14:53:48.1527131-06:00
Mister_Man: You have less than seventy-two hours to decide, apparently.
vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T14:55:41.9177195-06:00
Well, I know for a fact there are people on BOTH sides who oppose diplomacy.
vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T14:56:42.4642732-06:00
They are humans. They can be reasoned with.
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T14:57:50.0834075-06:00
Vaguelyjewishclearlyfab: Just because they "can" be reasoned with doesn't mean their "proposals" are reasonable.
vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T14:59:56.5532512-06:00
Well, we'll never know if we don't try
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T15:00:39.7079580-06:00
Vaguelyjewishclearlyfab: We kind of already know what they want, they want to form an Islamic Caliphate all throughout the Middle East. Does that sound reasonable to you?
Kreakin says2015-01-20T15:05:35.8179526-06:00
They will be held responsible for their war crimes. The people they kill will be avenged.
vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T15:08:08.0393765-06:00
America wants to spread capitalism throughout the world, usually through military means. Are the two really so different?
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T15:09:57.3308747-06:00
Vaguelyjewishclearlyfab: Are you serious?
vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T15:12:10.0412758-06:00
Yes. What's so mind boggling about that?
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T15:14:08.3511102-06:00
Vaguelyjewishclearlyfab: Do you see America threatening to kill hostages if people don't give them what they want?
humanconandrum says2015-01-20T15:18:24.6643181-06:00
How hard would it be to take the money and then kill the two hostages anyway to establish power.
Kreakin says2015-01-20T15:20:01.2081616-06:00
That would cut off a funding stream permanently. They would not be wise to do that. They are brainwashed not stupid.
Kreakin says2015-01-20T15:22:30.0665795-06:00
The threatened nations of the world will bring peace to the caliphate in the next few years, people will be held to account. They will lose because living under them is not something anyone wants in any part of the world.
vaguelyjewishclearlyfab says2015-01-20T15:23:41.5098248-06:00
Well, we dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan because they didn't dethrone their emperor
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T15:24:34.4479698-06:00
Vaguelyjewishclearlyfab: We did that to get Japan to surrender to us instead of the Soviet Union to prevent another "country split" issue.
PetersSmith says2015-01-20T22:51:09.4810354-06:00
You know, if you think about it that means each of these Japanese guys are worth $100 million. I wish I was worth that much.
Texas14 says2015-01-20T22:56:03.3995980-06:00
ISIS is run by stupid people brainwashed by propaganda. How do you expect us to establish diplomatic relations with them, and wouldn't bombing them be a better solution?

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