|A FARC guerrilla and kidnappees behind barbed wire.|
|Annual kidnappings in Colombia declined until |
recently, when numbers leveled off.
(Image from Paise Libre)
Still, in 2014 outlaw groups kidnapped 245 during just the first eight months of the year, and probably many more unreported ones. Even if the FARC and ELN guerrillas sign peace agreements with the government and give up kidnappings forever, undoubtedly other criminal groups will kidnap more.
|Repeating a pattern? A Japanese man kidnapped |
by the Islamic State.
The nations paying terrorists for their citizens' freedom should look toward Colombia, where the practice reaped only more kidnappings, and decades of violence.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours