Thursday, December 23, 2004

French Appeasement Saves French


Two French journalists were released by their terrorist captors recently to a hero's welcome. While the French government vehemently denied paying a ransom, the two captors admitted playing the "French journalists" card.

"We played the 'French journalists' card," said Malbrunot. They stressed to their captors that they were not Americans and France had not supported the U.S.-led war in Iraq. They were close to bombings by U.S. forces on two occasions, he added.

While I'm glad the journalists were safely released, I think its important to realize that appeasement only works in the short run. In the long run, the beneficiaries of appeasement only get greedier and expect further concessions to be made. Appeasement is particularly dangerous when dealing with irrational, blood-thirsty zeolots (ie. the Nazis in WWII, and terrorists).


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