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Thoughts on What US Reaction Should Be After a Terrorist Strike: A Hostage Viewpoint

NCJ Number
University of Toledo Law Review Volume: 18 Issue: 1 Dated: (Fall 1986) Pages: 151-153
W Niehous
Date Published
3 pages
Public and governmental reactions to a terrorist kidnapping should be disgust for the terrorists, symphathy for the victim's family, actions that promote the victim's safe return, and efforts to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.
Terrorist kidnappings of private businesspersons living and working in foreign countries are of relatively minor importance to U.S. interests. The U.S. Government can often do little more than gently prod the government within whose jurisdiction the kidnapping occurred to take action. Friends and corporate associates of the victim and religious and other private organizations should take appropriate supportive and advocacy action to help victims' families and influence authorities to give priority to the victim's release.