Sunday, August 05, 2007

South Korean Hostages Fate Remains Same

Afghan doctors delivered medicines on Sunday for 21 South Koreans kidnapped by Taliban rebels in Afghanistan more than two weeks ago.

The head of a private Afghan clinic said his team had dropped more than $1,200 (588 pounds) worth of antibiotics, pain killers, vitamin tablets and heart pills in an area of desert in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province as instructed by the rebels.

"This is a big achievement. Among the Koreans are doctors who know how to use these medicines," Mohammad Hashim Wahaj told reporters in Ghazni, the main town of the province where 23 South Korean church volunteers were snatched from a bus on July 20.

"It was a big risk, but we had to take the risk because it is a humanitarian issue," he said.

The Taliban have killed two of their captives and are threatening to kill the rest if the Afghan government fails to release rebel prisoners. Kabul has refused to free jailed Taliban, saying that would just encourage more kidnappings.

The hostage issue is likely to cast a shadow over two days of security talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. President George W. Bush due to begin at the U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David, later on Sunday.
What is truly sad is the fact that the worldwide media isn't showing the Taliban for what they are. They are bloodthirsty thugs who had no problem executing two hostages in cold blood because their demands were not met. They will kill again.

The prisoners they hope to exchange for the hostages will kill again if released. That's the crux of the supposed negotiations that the Taliban are hoping to bring about. They want a prisoner swap that will free the hostages for Taliban prisoners held in Afghan prisons or by coalition forces.

Such an exchange will end badly for Afghanistan and the region.

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