Iraq Hostages

American VoicesWorld ISSUE 40•39 Sep 29, 2004

Extremists in Iraq continue to use hostage-taking to convey their message, leaving much of the world wondering what can be done. What do you think?

  • “Why don't we make hostage-taking punishable by the death penalty? Then everyone would think twice before doing it.”

    Carl Preston –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I'll tell you, I'm about six or seven beheadings away from demanding some answers about what's going on in Iraq.”

    Dave Rudd –
    Clerk

  • “I'd like to think that if the situation were reversed, we here in Schaumburg wouldn't treat our hostages this way.”

    Roger Monroe –
    Firefighter

  • “If I ever got beheaded, I would make sure the geyser of blood would stain my captors' clothing so they'd have to throw it out. Take that, terrorists!”

    Dora Drucker –
    Lawyer

  • “As a State Department official, let me say that bargaining with terrorists is unacceptable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for the hostages.”

    Bea Larson –
    Public Official

  • “We should just shoot 'em all and let God sort 'em out. That's God, mind you, not Allah.”

    Chet Johnson –
    Civil Engineer