RANSOM….James Joyner brings together a couple of stories today that suggest western countries are paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap their citizens in Iraq. Italy is widely believed to have paid $1 million for the release of “the two Simonas” (with an assist from Jordan’s King Abdullah) and France is apparently making concessions to terrorists who have kidnapped a pair of French journalists ? with the possibility of money changing hands still open.

If this is true it’s almost staggeringly stupid. What are they thinking?