On French radio, French politicians are already praising the success and wisdom of French foreign policy for getting them back, directly refering to the poor wisdom of Italy and Great Britain, who saw some of their hostages executed.
The only thing you should feel when shooting a terrorist: Recoil.
If what is reported is correct, the hostage "keepers" were praying for Bush to be reelected.
He and his admin have been the best promotion platform they could dream of.
AQ reportedly would be present today in 60 countries and growing fast.
a/ I said "IF"...
b/ one of the two Frenchies is perfectly fluent in Arabic
I'd put good money that these "journalists" were never actually captive. Most likey they were running around with the terrorists just like the other French reporters who videotaped the attempted shoot down of that DHL A300 departing from Baghdad. The French reaction (bashing the U.S., U.K., Italy, etc.) and their healthy appearance makes their story of being held by force even less credible.