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Ben Stein: US Should Pay Ransom in ISIS Kidnappings

By    |   Monday, 20 Oct 2014 06:11 PM

Ben Stein has a solution to dealing with the murders of innocent civilians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS): pay a ransom.

In a commentary for CBS News that aired Sunday, Stein said it's time for the U.S. government to give in to terrorists' demands by paying ransom for the prisoners' release.

"The U.S. does not pay ransom to terrorists. Same goes for the U.K.," Stein said. "This sounds fine and noble and high and mighty if you're sitting in a comfy office in the White House or on Downing Street.

"But maybe it's not so smart or so kind. Why don't we pay ransom? France apparently pays ransom. The Germans, who we don't think as softies, pay ransom. What's so great about not paying ransom?"

Stein then referenced the ransom the U.S. paid for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was traded for five members of the Taliban who were being held at Guantanamo Bay. The United States, Stein added, "bribed local sheiks with planeloads of money to be on our side" during the Iraq War.

"Look, not paying ransom has a nice ring to it. But it's not going to beat ISIS," Stein said. "It's not going to stop the allure of a fundamentalist, murderous movement to sick minds. Instead it means that a fellow human, who is not a spy or an assassin, who is maybe just trying to help inform people or save people's lives, dies an excruciating, lonely death, and no one is any better off for it.

"These men don't deserve to die this way. If they can be ransomed, let's do it. We have plenty of money."

ISIS has beheaded several people, including two Americans and two British citizens, this year. Other reports say the terror group has beheaded scores of people, including soldiers fighting to keep ISIS from taking over cities in the Middle East.

The family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped by ISIS in November 2012 and beheaded two months ago, said the government "didn't help much" after Foley was taken.

"Our government was very clear that no ransom was going to be paid, or should be paid," said Foley's mother, Diane. "It was horrible — and continues to be horrible. You are between a rock and a hard place."

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