Kidnapped man in Pakistan appeals to President Obama directly to meet Al Qaeda demands. What should he do?

Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/05/07 13:13:49
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(CNN) -- A 70-year-old U.S. citizen kidnapped in
Pakistan last year has made an emotional plea to President Barack Obama
to meet al Qaeda's demands in order to save his life, according to a
video released on several Islamist websites Sunday.

"My life is in your
hands, Mr. President," Warren Weinstein said in the video. "If you
accept the demands, I live. If you don't accept the demands, then I

Weinstein, a development
consultant, was abducted in August from his home in the city of Lahore.
In December, al Qaeda claimed responsibility for his capture.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader
of the terror network, listed eight demands that he said, if met, would
result in Weinstein's release. The demands related to issues in the
Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

"It is important that you
accept these demands and act quickly and don't delay," Weinstein said
in the video posted Sunday. He made references to Obama's daughters and
to his own children.

Weinstein said in the
video, which was less than three minutes long, that he wanted to let his
wife know that he was "fine and well."

Al Qaeda's demands
include the lifting of the blockade on movement of people and trade
between Egypt and Gaza; an end to bombing by the United States and its
allies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza; the release of
anyone arrested on charges of belonging to al Qaeda and the Taliban;
the release of all prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and American
secret prisons and the closure of Guantanamo and the other prisons; the
release of terrorists convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade
Center; and the release of relatives of Osama bin Laden, the founder of
al Qaeda who was killed last year in Pakistan.

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  • john Kills 2012/05/07 21:43:41
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    john Kills
    I would never go over there for any reason. He made a bad choice and put himself where he is. He was smart enough to get there so let's see if he's smart enough to get himself out.
  • Brendakp 2012/05/07 20:41:03
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    I feel just awful for saying this, but we must not give in to these terrorists! Imagine what would happen if the president agreed to the terrorists demands. All of the terrorists in captivity would be released to go and do it all over again! My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Weinstein and his family.
  • Assassi... Brendakp 2012/05/07 21:03:57
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    I agree.
  • KoAm Brendakp 2012/05/08 05:59:53
    Agreed. I rarely ever agree with Obama, but this time, I think he's doing the right thing.

    Of course, it's not as if he is the only president who would pursue this policy. I think any president would.
  • nverumind 2012/05/07 20:38:07
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    as sad a situation as this is, there has to be a line drawn, and ours is Zero tolerance
  • Jayfeather 2012/05/07 19:53:19
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    Al Qaeda is an evil organisation, and we should not bargain with them. Especially considering the steepness of their demands.
  • Lanikai 2012/05/07 19:07:42
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    I am sure his family will miss him, but our national policy is to NOT negotiate with terrorists.

    However, with this president, he might. He does tend to LOVE negotiating with his buddies the mooslimes.
  • Assassi... Lanikai 2012/05/07 21:04:35
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    I agree. He should not.

    I don't think he will.

    He has made more war on muslims than any other president.
  • Lanikai Assassi... 2012/05/07 21:07:05
    Uh, not really, but he is negotiating with the taliban (the ones who helped bin laden) and he is using our troops in africa and libya in order to bolster the muslim brotherhood, so i would question that war AGAINST, when all he is doing is FOR the radicals.
  • mal 2012/05/07 19:05:20
    Obama should:
    offer himself in exchange for him
  • Lanikai mal 2012/05/07 19:08:03
  • nverumind mal 2012/05/07 20:35:50
    that would be ideal now wouldnt it :)
  • Brendakp mal 2012/05/07 20:44:42
  • Assassi... mal 2012/05/07 21:04:46
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
  • Latti I... Assassi... 2012/05/07 22:05:59
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
    That was a bit funny, but I agree; derrrrrrr lol.
  • Latti I... mal 2012/05/07 22:06:07
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
  • wysiwis mal 2012/05/08 04:09:36
  • YeahISaidIt 2012/05/07 19:04:14
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    I DO NOT negotiate with terrorists!
  • Heptarch 2012/05/07 18:36:31
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    It sucks for him. Truly. If possible the President should send a team in to rescue him.

    But he certainly shouldn't "meet Al Qaeda's demands" for his release.
  • Darnel Heptarch 2012/05/08 02:43:57
    I would like that.

    Won't happen,... Enough of his haters are now aware of how he operates and will step in the way of anything subtle he would try to do,.. Sucks to be this Guy.
    Obama w/o the lead weight of the whiners who bitch about whether he wore a T-shirt today or went golfing on a weekend would be all over this and it would probably be over already.
  • Pops 2012/05/07 18:36:27
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    Come on ! These people have shown the world they do not want to join the human race. Why would anyone go there ?
  • Lanikai Pops 2012/05/07 19:09:11

    money, it is a LOT of money and it is tax free up to a certain amount. So MONEY got him to go to an unsafe place, BUT he started hollering the minute it got hot. Sorry man, was the cash worth it?
  • Pops Lanikai 2012/05/07 19:13:32
    Money isn't worth much from his point of view now. I would have to really think long and hard !
  • Lanikai Pops 2012/05/07 21:02:35
    He saw dollar signs and ignored the danger. This is the proverbial rock and a hard place, come to life.
  • my2cents Lanikai 2012/05/08 07:10:36
    Seriously, these contractors know the risks when they choose to work there.

    The U.S. didn't send him there, the U.S. isn't responsible for his safety.

    This guy knew the U.S. doesn't negotiate with terrorists when he went.
  • Lanikai my2cents 2012/05/08 14:26:54 (edited)
    Yeppers, kind of like the people who travel to mexico and start whining for the FED to help after they get their rumps in trouble.

    Sorry about your luck pal, gamble, lose. It happens.
  • my2cents Lanikai 2012/05/08 21:02:14
    It's just like religious missionaries who go to unsafe areas in 3rd world countries to spread the gospel, saying "God will protect us", but the minute they get kidnapped by revolutionaries their church petitions the U.S. government to intervene and rescue them. Stupid people.
  • Lanikai my2cents 2012/05/08 21:14:59
    I agree, no one should travel to those areas, unless they are perfectly willing to handle the downside.
  • jubil8 ... my2cents 2012/05/09 17:57:28
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    It sort of did -- he was working on a USAID project. Humanarian relief. Not popular kidnapping humanitarian workers.

    It's not like he was sight-seeing. He'd been there 8 years and had guards who were supposedly "tricked" and overpowered. That's kind of vague. What else would you expect them to say.
  • my2cents jubil8 ... 2012/05/10 08:02:17
    If he is not a government employee, the U.S. government isn't responsible for him.

    People take these risky jobs because they pay so well, double, triple what they would make in the States. If he has been there 8 years, I'd say he pushed his luck.
  • rugrat1411 2012/05/07 18:15:50
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    Sorry, but if you give in to one kidnapping then you would have it happening everytime you turned around, like other countries have. I feel for him and his family but we as a country can not give in to threats.
  • Assassi... rugrat1411 2012/05/07 21:05:30
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    Very True.
  • Mike 2012/05/07 18:13:25
    Obama should:
    Ole Barry spikes the football, and now look at what we have here. First bombings 90 minuets after he leaves, now this

    Come on Barry what will it be
  • Stoney Mike 2012/05/07 19:51:12
    .....such a good-luck token we don't need!
  • Chelsea 2012/05/07 17:56:39
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    Will it win him a vote if Obama cares?

    obama has no conscience
  • Lanikai Chelsea 2012/05/07 21:03:15
    Only if he can negotiate a release in time to help himself with the election.
  • Username? What's that? 2012/05/07 17:55:25
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    Username? What's that?
    It was his own stinken fault that he was over there. He gambled with his life, and lost. Now it's time for him to pay up.
  • D D Usernam... 2012/05/08 02:21:43
    D D
    He did gamble with his life.
  • Pete 2012/05/07 17:46:44
    The U.S. Does not negotiate with terrorists.
    I have a suggestion. I would tell Al Qeada's that in order for their demand to be met they first must surrender themselves in a peaceful manner and give up all their weapons and any or all ammunition they might have. Otherwise the deal is off the table. This is just my thought and I know that will never happen. ..... PBWY
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/07 17:42:59

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