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

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

    • 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

        The end result is the same.

        • 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

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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

        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.

  • 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.

    • jim

      Hamas is an odious org that I do not support -But facts are facts
      Apart from the recent Dual Israeli/american teen allegations -what other US citizens have Hamas been responsible for ?
      It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

      • Anonymous

        This is not a real story-there has been NO factual basis for changing the original finding.The bodies were found in shallow gravEs in the yard of Hamas members.Their house has been demolished.You are so anxious to disbelieve the Israeli perspective that you’re ready to accept unsourced lies to support your point of view.

        • jim

          Israeli apologists are so quick to resorting to name calling
          when there beliefs are questioned!
          It hasn’t been proven either way though- has it !
          Every time the Israeli government finds itself in a jam, its enemies rush in to save it. Or so we are supposed to believe.

          The pattern is unmistakeable: The US is leaning on Israel to freeze or dismantle settlements…and suddenly a suicide bomb goes off. The international community has Israel up against a wall…another bomb goes off. Argentina’s Jewish community starts turning anti-Zionist…and the Israeli embassy and Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires get blown up.

          the head of the Israeli Mossad actually “called” the kidnapping a week in advance!Haaretz just reported:

          Mossad chief’s chillingly prescient kidnap prophecy

          Ten days ago, Tamir Pardo outlined a scenario that was spookily similar to the kidnapping of three teens missing in the West Bank since Thursday.

  • 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.

    • Anonymous

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

      • gregg

        What letter is next to Rand’s on the ballot? I think it’s an R.

        • zemla

          Pretty standard for any “third party” minded person who wants a shot in he’ll of winning an election

  • 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?

    • jim

      There is nothing new about US administration,s complicity with “terrorists”
      There is a long history of it ! The powers that be ,like the Wizard of OZ are always behind the curtain pulling the strings on successive administrations they helped install.
      “False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda

      Sustaining the US Empire’s Killing Machine. The Modus Operandi of US Led Wars
      Though false flag terrorism has been utilized throughout human history, including Nero’s Great Fire as the Roman Empire literally went down in flames, its deployment in modern times has been increasingly frequent. By definition a false flag operation involves a government or organization committing egregious acts of violence on its own citizens or members in order to deceitfully blame its enemy and initiate wars. Though this presentation shall focus primarily on the US government’s false flag events committed within the last 60 years, many nations other than America have also engaged in false flag operations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • zemla

      Well, though I really want to agree, it should be noted that powers such as germany and Russia played heavily in that region and that is the primary reason why we got tangled up over there, it’s all so messy, that place was a big chessboard for the major players, and now it’s just a big fricken mess. I’m not sure how we can get out of it safely, yet it isn’t good to stay either….sigh…

  • Anonymous

    Solution: Kill the TERRORST

  • Peter St. Phillip

    Every one has most likely forgotten the —-SIX HUNDRED FORTY MILLION DOLLAR ,NON AMERICAN, CREATED, Obama care web site…that never really worked…a good working website could have been created for one million…by qualified American company’s……..Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    If you really believe it was spent on a garbage website…………I Have a Bridge to sell you………….

  • Michel Bodenheimer

    Is Europe financing Hamas Terror?

    Europe is contributing hundreds of millions of Euros to the Palestinians.
    Where do the Palestinians invest it?

    The international community is generously funding the Palestinians since 1948. Indeed, the UNRWA and UNHCR relief and works program in support of the of Palestine refugees, is the longest running relief and assistance program worldwide. No other recipient has over the years received more funds that the Palestinians. Despite the generous support of the international community to Palestinians, the colossal failure of those programs is even more astonishing, brought on the Palestinian population for politically motivated reasons.
    In particular, the allocation of the generous contribution by the European community in the recent past must be questioned. In 2013 alone, the European Commission contributed €35 million of humanitarian funding. From 2000 to 2013, over €670 million have been allocated to the West Bank and to Gaza.

    The list of Hamas terror attacks is nearly endless, with hundreds of innocent civilians killed and countless wounded.

    Despite the fact that Hamas has been added on the EU’s blacklist of terrorist organizations in 2003, funds continued to flow unimpeded.
    Even after Hamas was elected in 2007 to govern the Gaza Strip, this did not cause the EU to question whether it’s generous contributions are well spent. Among other things, the EU money is used to build schools, but the same schools are being used by Hamas for storage of rockets and other weapons.

    Not even the continued and increasing rocket attacks on Israeli civil settlements, cities and villages since 2001 did cause the EU to rethink their policy. Since 2001, the Palestinian terror organizations bombarded Israel with varying intensity. Since 2001, over 13,000 rockets! This, despite the fact, that in 2005 Israel has evacuated all Israeli settlements, all military facilities and all soldiers from the Gaza Strip. After the Israeli pull-out, with no Israeli presence in Gaza whatsoever, the Palestinians could have started to build up their own state.
    Instead, what do they do? They shoot even more rockets at Israel.
    In addition to rocket attacks, the Hamas and the other Palestinian Terror organizations, did invest heavily in other means of terror like extending the range and increasing the number of their rockets, in developing “suicide UAVs”, building bunkers and digging terror tunnels. You may recall the Gilad Shalit incident, in which an Israeli soldier was kidnapped from Israeli territory by Hamas terrorists in a cross-border raid via underground tunnels near the Israeli border.

    While we must admit that there are good intentions behind EU funds allocated to the Palestinian government and to Hamas, we must question why there are no conditions attached to the generous funding. The least one could expect, is a simple “price list” of penalties to be deducted from the allocated funds.
    Something like
    * 10 M€ less for every attempted or successful terror attack on Israel
    * 5 M€ less for every Israeli kidnapped (or killed) from Israeli territory
    * 2 M€ less for every terror tunnel dug to penetrate Israel
    * 0.5 M€ less for every rocket fired at Israel
    * 0.1 M€ less for every mortar grenade fired at Israel

    While this might not guarantee that Hamas or other terror organizations would completely stop their different terror attacks, at least it would be an incentive to refrain from them. Especially, with the recently established Hamas Fatah Palestinian Unity Government and the continued European generosity, failing to do so, in fact renders the EU as the funding organization of Palestinian terror.

    Unfortunately in view of the aforementioned, it must be concluded that yes, Europe is financing Hamas Terror.

    • jim

      While so many Americans are subsisting on food stamps, losing their homes, and accumulating credit card debt they will never be able to pay off, the US is giving Israel $3 billion in direct foreign aid every year and, according to Congressman James Traficant, another $12-17 billion in indirect aid such as valuable military equipment deemed “scrapped,” loan guarantees, and preferential contracts. Israel is an affluent country with more than 10,000 millionaires and, according to the International Monetary Fund, was one of the few economies that weathered the 2008 financial storm nearly unscathed.
      If the American government took the $15-$20 billion it gives Israel every year and put it into a savings account for the 4.5 million babies born p/yr, every American would receive $8,000-$10,500 upon turning 18 years old. In another option, the US government could give the money away in a lottery and make 15k-20k Americans millionaires every year. Either of these options would provide an incredible boost to the US economy. But the truth is that $15-$20 billion per year is probably just scratching the surface when we look at the cost of America’s relationship with Israel.

  • jim

    Clip from the BBC doc ‘The power of nightmares”-This documentary interrogates the notion that Osama Bin Laden single-handedly ran the pervasive Al Qaeda terrorist network by examining its inception, its links to Western intelligence, the double agents and fictitious characters that populate its ranks, and the fraudulent ways the Al Qaeda myth is propagated in the controlled corporate media.

  • 2 IT too

    More assigned topics and OP ED franchise slum
    ——————————————–pony rides from ‘on board’ BECK.

  • Pocahontas

    So this begs the question..Who or What are we paying them for???

  • Adi Tani

    Hillary Clinton claimed that Hamas fires from kindergartens and hospitals because Gaza is a small place. Using this logic might conclude that the twins were too high. Or that Bill wore a belt too broad

  • Guest

    George Washington, as your friend, Davis Barton, has told you on your program before and has on, was on his way out of office when this treaty was to be passed. Hard to say if it would have gone differently had he had more time in office and if the country wasn’t so weary of war.

    Washington also proposed we get ourselves a navy fleet, which didn’t start to happen until Jefferson, so that would certainly have helped prevent what happened for years in the Barbary Conflicts.

  • Anonymous

    George Washington (as your friend, David Barton, has told you on your
    program before and has on was on his way out of office
    when this treaty was to be passed. Hard to say if it would have gone
    differently had he had more time in office and if the country wasn’t so
    weary of war.

    Washington also proposed we get ourselves a navy
    fleet, which didn’t start to happen until Jefferson, so that would
    certainly have helped prevent what happened for years in the Barbary

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