American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4570 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1103 times:
Thanks for the good news. I was frustrated to know how that Indian Airlines hijack was going to end after one week of nightmare. I was watching the belgian news on TV yesterday evening, a former flight attendant from Sabena was being interviewed. She was on a flight hijacked by palestinians back in 1972, she said it was getting to be an endless nightmare. I feel now relived, hearing that all hostages have finally been released. What a nice way to finish the year 1999! Happy new millenium to all.
Hkdragon2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
Indeed, this is great news! An interesting touch is that the hijackers have been released with the 3 released militants, and have been told that they had 10 hours to leave the country or they would be arrested.
One news report I heard mentioned that the body of a dead hijacker was found in the cockpit; I've not heard this story elsewhere.
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1069 times:
It's ended alright,though for the price of showing that hijackings can be indeed successfull from the perspective of criminals. Criminals,by their very nature tend to exploit those they view are weak as an easy opporotunity. The next "line in the sand" must be held with even greater tenacity against criminal behavior.
HZ-AKF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1065 times:
This hostage crisis is a perfect example of winning the battle but losing the war. By giving in to the hijackers, this gives a clear green light to any potential terrorists out there that hijacking works once again. In fact, the only thing that put a stop to the rampant hijackings in Europe during the 1970's and 80's was the refusal of governments to cooperate with the demands of terrorists...clearly this move is a step backward.
Believe me, the bastards got off scot free, literally getting away with murder. They will flee across the border to Pakistan without a problem never to be heard from again. Maybe Pakistan didn't want them and maybe they did, but that government will harbor terrorists before allowing the Indian government to score a victory. Remember that Pakistan gives only "moral" support to Kashmiri separatists which in fact translates to direct economic and military aid....so don't believe this nonsense about no country wanting them.
They will be back on the Kashmiri front lines in a matter of weeks murdering yet more innocents. Don't expect the US to track him down with its fabulous spy satellites...they have no reason to help out in this instance and traditionally have horded their technology for their own political and military ends.
These bastards have become heroes and that sickens me. I'm glad the passengers are alright but at what cost??