Isn't that a slippery slope? I would think that any concession due to a terror attack sends the wrong message...regardless of casualties.
Even a million, James? I think a nation DOES have a threshold it reaches, where it should perhaps reconsider policy, but doing so with ONE person taken hostage is just a knee-jerk reaction, and one that is made out of a fear far out of proportion to the event. I just believe this is a gross over-reaction by South Korea, far out of proportion to what has happened.
I say the only way to avoid embarrassing situations like these, when a country is forced to let criminals behead one or more of its nationals, simply because withdrawing its troops would be widely seen as 'giving in' (like South Korea had to do last month), is to withdraw IMMEDIATELY and UNILATERALY.
Do that, and you let the terrorists win, in every situation. You tell them that their actions will CHANGE THE WAY YOU LIVE AND HOW YOU ACT. If you want to live as a coward, go ahead, but it won't stop the terrorists, it will only embolden them, and eventually, they'll be knocking at your front door.
The goal should to be to stomp on these sub-human terrorists, not cower in fear in front of them. If the world does what you want, you will be no safer, my friend, and more, not less, people will die from these creeps.
This isn't a world that is conducive to cowardice, so crawl in your scared little hole, and pray you stay safe, because what you propose makes the world less safe, not more safe.
So you are saying we have to do the exact opposite of what AQ asks us, just to show them we are serious?
No, but you don't give them a diplomatic blow job, as you would want the world to do. You want to get on your knees in front of these thugs, and give into whatever their demands are.
What's next? Should a nation give up everything it is to satisfy these guys-and satisfy YOUR personal cowardice?
Perhaps the war in Iraq wasn't the proper thing to do. But to do as you want, Sabenapilot, to surrender to these scum every time they take a hostage, is the most idiotic, naive, and cowardly thing I think I've ever read on here. It's not how you defete terrorsim. What you would do would embolden these scum to become more brazen and daring.
So like I said, craw under your cowardly little hole, and hide from the world, because that's what, in essence, you propose. And, despite my dislike of his policies, and how he started this war, I'd side with George Bush over the likes of you, any day.