Warren Weinstein, a seventy year-old international developement company director and former Peace Corps director was abducted by Al-Qaeda last August. During a desperate video plea released on the internet on May 7th, Weinstein urges President Obama to concede to Al-Qaeda’s demands to stop airstrikes in the many countries in which Al-Qaeda roots have seeped into as well as to free Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners in U.S. facilities. An end to the airstrikes may have mutual benefits, if only we can get those soldiers to let go of those horrible joy/deathsticks. Weinstein told Obama, “My life is in your hands,” and verbally ached sorrows about wishing to see his children. He reported that he was being treated fairly and being given his medicines.
This man never had a chance, regardless of whether or not it would be worth giving in to Al-Qaeda to save him, bringing him home safe would never happen. Once Weinstein was taken, and the video relayed through the internet servers, the damage was done. The people were frightened or they weren’t, reminded of our ‘dis-admirers’ in the East, and perhaps pitied the old man for befalling such a fate. Weinstein was abducted from his home in Pakistan, and frankly should have realized the risked of such a thing happening. He’s over seventy years old, which significantly reduces the probability that he’ll cure cancer. He’s not valuable or famous enough for there to be a choice in the situation. It is a sad thing for him and his family, but when one slides the blue glasses of emotion off of their nose, there can scarcely be another option. Sending in a rescue team could result in the death of even more U.S. citizens is exactly the kind of story the President doesn’t want printed with the election coming up. As Al-Qaeda, the U.S. government, and I’m sure others knew all along this diminishing path, Weinstein’s kidnapping and death will result in a trivial publicity stunt by a few angry men.