Al Qaeda kidnapping Europeans to bankroll terror

It’s the first rule of dealing with terrorists: never negotiate with them. Especially not when they have a hostage. Europeans apparently think differently because they are willing to pay Al Qaeda millions of dollars to free hostages. The result? Al Qaeda keeps kidnapping Europeans. And they are getting rich. Really rich. Glenn reacted to the news on radio today.

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In their “Underwriting Jihad” story, The New York Times reported, “Officially, Germany had budgeted the money as humanitarian aid for the poor, landlocked nation of Mali. In truth, all sides understood that the cash was bound for an obscure group of Islamic extremists who were holding 32 European hostages, according to six senior diplomats directly involved in the exchange.”

The New York Times investigation has found that since 2008, there have been $125 million in ransom from European government, with $66 million coming in the past year.

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Is this just a case of history repeating itself?

So what we have here is (the European) government actually funding al-Qaeda,” Glenn said. “Are you telling me they are any different than we would be?  Because it is in their national interest to solve this.  There’s all kind of tension, all kind of problems.  Just make this go away.  If we just pay them, it will go away we have done it before.  We did it as a United States of America, our first foreign war was the Barbary pirates war, the war against the Barbary pirates. 25% of our GDP was spent buying hostages back from the Islamic extremists on the Barbary coast.”

“From the walls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.  Shores of Tripoli.  That’s what it was.  We were paying ransom, through George Washington, John Adams — and Thomas Jefferson was the first one that said ‘This is insane.  What are we doing’.”

“We’re doing it again.  And Europe was doing it, but Europe didn’t have the value system we had.  George Washington, he lost his value system on this one, because it was hard.  And Europe was doing it and everybody else was doing it.  But finally, Thomas Jefferson — it only came when it was too expensive to afford.  Jefferson said ‘Stop. They’re not going to stop.  This is insane.  We don’t negotiate with terrorists, period’.”
Glenn said that this is what happens when a nation focuses on their interests rather than their values. Every person wants to feel safe at home, and that’s why we now take off our shoes in the airport and have allowed DHS to grow to Big Brother proportions. We have focused on our interest in personal safety, rather than our values of freedom and a value system that refuses to negotiate with terrorists.
“In the end, even on the Shores of Tripoli, we ended up negotiating with terrorists again. Because we were looking at our national interests, not our values.”

  • Jeff Lambeau

    They’re not any different at all. The U.S. Government funded the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and provided them with money and an arsenal to defend against the Soviet Union.

    Ronald Reagan’s transcript praising the Taliban:

    “Today, March 21st, is New Years Day in much of the Moslem world. New years, of course, should be an occasion for celebration. But for the Moslem people of Afghanistan, whose country was attacked and is occupied by the Soviet Army, it is a bitter reminder of a national calamity that befell their nation more than 3 years ago. To focus the world’s attention on this crime against an innocent and brave nation, we observe today the second annual Afghanistan Day.
    In Afghanistan, tens of thousands of people have been killed, millions have lost their homes and their livelihood. Others have been subjected to torture and other atrocities, and many have been victims of the grisly chemical and biological weapons, including yellow rain—weapons the Soviets have used in violation of solemn international agreements. The consequences of this calamity extend to Pakistan, which has assumed the burden of sheltering and feeding nearly 3 million refugees.

    Yet, while we condemn what has happened in Afghanistan, we are not without hope. To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom. Their courage teaches us a great lesson—that there are things in this world worth defending.

    To the Afghan people, I say on behalf of all Americans that we admire your heroism, your devotion to freedom, and your relentless struggle against your oppressors.

    The Soviet people have known great suffering-more than other people. They should be able to sympathize with the terrible suffering of the Afghan people. To the Soviet leaders, I urge you in the name of humanity to end the bloodshed so that an independent Afghanistan can again take its place in the community of nations. The West has no designs upon Afghanistan. We do not threaten you there or anywhere on the globe. All we seek is the restoration of peace and freedom for a noble and brave people whom we remember today.”

  • Anonymous

    More stumbling and rambling about what? Values? Isn’t that people’s responsibility? People don’t feel like they don’t belong to anything not because of government, but because America is corporatized and suburbanized and the middle class is disappearing to globalized manufacturing. Glenn focuses on the government, but it’s people that sacrifice their jobs for cheap stuff from Wallmart. Terrorists all over the world kidnap for money. This is nothing new. Glenn doesn’t think it’s worth money to save a kidnapped American from beheading? I guess we know where Beck’s values are.

  • Anonymous

    Yep. Beck’s vision of America is a dream. It never existed.

  • Connor Kenway

    Yes it is because it is all our fault for the universe’s problems. If a planet gets sucked into a black hole it is all America’s fault. You liberals are so easy to predict you ether blame Bush or America or Israel. Oh no it never anyone else.

  • Anonymous

    People taking responsibility for their actions a conservative value. For example, if people want cheap stuff from China, they’ll lose their manufacturing job. If they want less regulation on investment banks, Wallstreet will play reckless with the economy. We do it to ourselves.

  • Anonymous

    The US is now directly funding Hamas-it may regret that move when more Americans are kidnapped and murdered,as has already occurred just weeks ago:then again, with Obama and Kerry in charge,Hamas is now our ally as was the Muslim Brotherhood.Clearly, Israel has better “friends” in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, with whom Kerry refused to deal.

  • Jon Galt

    How is this different from Obama trading 5 terrorists for one military deserter? And on the other side sending “humanitarian” aid into terrorist controlled areas, like most of the middle east?

    The libs running this country (obama et al) are no different from the ones in Europe. They continually side with and make excuses for MUSLIM TERRORISTS.

    This does not end well.

  • Tim

    Personally I’m amazed that you don’t see the difference. How can you think that giving money to free hostages is similar to paying for a covert operation?

  • Anonymous

    Republicans fund terrorists too. We need to elect someone with some integrity. I like Rand Paul.

  • Anonymous

    The Islamic-muslim jihadist assassin terrorist groups continue atrocities and the current administration now in Washington continues helping the terrorists

    Let’s take a rapid look, shall we?

    Mr Obama, the so called ‘president’ is a hidden muslim, to begin with,… and the group he does serve (his bosses) has been fervent supporters for the Islamic-muslim terrorists spectrum….for very long time…and they are not stopping any time soon.

    He, himself, Hillary Clinton , John Kerry are good friends of terrorists.

    Here something short related to Mr John Kerry.

    Reality check;

    John Kerry, friendly with Islamic-muslims terrorists;

    Secretary of State John Kerry secretly gave $1.3 billion to Egypt, which is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

    John Kerry: Terrorists need ‘more economic opportunities’

    Kerry demonstrated his faith in this false assumption when he spoke about the importance of “providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment” into jihad groups. The GCTF is devoting $200 million to this project, which it calls “countering violent extremism” (CVE).

    Not too friendly with Israel’

    Any questions?

  • Anonymous

    IF THAT’S our national interest and apparentally its been for a long time than we need to do what Thomas Jefferson did.Stop it.But in order to do that we need a strong nation with strong values and leaders to defend them.

  • Tyler Carraway

    You missed…SO MUCH of what was being said here.
    “Glenn doesn’t think it’s worth money to save a kidnapped American from beheading?”

    You’re not saving Americans by giving them the terrorists money. You’re incentivizing them to kidnap more Americans. Incentivizing and empowering, all at the same time. The money we give is being used for murder.
    Paying the terrorists shows an insane lack of understanding of the consequences of one’s actions.

  • Anonymous

    The end result is the same.

  • Anonymous

    Whether America pays ransom money for American hostages or supplies arms to rebels in the middle east countries, the end result is the same. America should have never got mixed in with the religious mess that is in the middle east. Every one that started with the Arab spring, mainly to overthrow standing governments, America screwed them up royally. Count how many billions were spent in those countries and the war is far from over. Vietnam should have been a lesson, but no, America continues with rotten foreign policies and the taxpayers are shelling for it.

  • Anonymous

    Solution: Kill the TERRORST

  • Reliquary

    far from the same…here let me try to explain in the simplest terms possible… Covert= terrorist die …no benefit to terrorists is realized.. they are discouraged from repeat attempts. Ransomed= terrorists live…. substantial monetary benefit is realized…repeat attempts are all but guarantees

  • Anonymous

    When you have to deal with a specific kidnapping, I think it’s worth money to save an American from beheading. That’s not the same as an overarching plan to fund terrorism.