Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Korean Hostage Crisis To End Soon
A deal has been announced to release the remaining Korean hostages. In return for their release, the Koreans have agreed to pull all their troops out by next year, to stop sending missionaries, to keep its people out of Afghanistan, and to pay an undisclosed amount of money. Of course, the Koreans were already ending their deployment, they aren't actually leaving any sooner, and they haven't sent any missionaries -- even this group were there as aid workers, not missionaries. I don't know how they expect to keep their nationals out of the country. In the end it comes down to money. The Taliban is receiving a payment for the release of the hostages. Good news for the families of the 19 remaining victims.