Canadians are outraged by the tragic murder of John Ridsdel at the hands of Islamic Extremists earlier this week.
Kidnapping an innocent man and killing him after demanding an $8 million ransom is a cowardly and revolting act.
In the resulting public outcry over this heinous act there are accusations that the government didn’t do enough to secure Ridsdel’s release.
Clearly, some of that outrage is politically driven, but let’s look at the facts.
We know that the government was involved in third party discussions , attempting to negotiate his release.
The ‘stated policy’ is not to negotiate with terrorists, but there are back channel negotiations, which we’re told is the protocol followed by Canada and the UK and the United States.
Some are suggesting a military operation to rescue the victims was in order.
What are they expecting.. that Stallone and the Expendables would swoop down with guns blazing and wipe out the bad guys ?
Besides, the local military have been trying to locate and destroy these terrorists for some time now, with little success.
The real question here is whether the government should simply give in and pay the ransom.
Anti-terror experts tell us that if we adopt that policy, terrorists will likely kidnap more Canadians to finance their operations.
If we’re going to have that debate, let’s go into it with our eyes wide open and with the realization that changing our policy may make a bad situation even worse.