The Muslims who have been holding 19 Christian volunteers as hostages have agreed to release them after coming to an agreement with the government of South Korea. That, in a sense, is good news. Of course, we are all elated that the Christians may be free to return to their families. But something about these terms of agreement strikes me as disturbing. While it is true that the captors did release two women who were not in the best of health, it is also true that they murdered two of the men; so, we aren’t dealing with decent people here. Yet, their obscene indecency will be rewarded with two amazing gifts offered them by the South Korean government: (1) 200 South Korean military troops will be removed from Afghanistan by the end of the year; (2) South Korea will refuse to allow any of her Christians to enter Afghanistan. This is disturbing to me for four reasons:
1. South Korea has bartered away military rights and the freedom of religion to murdering thugs.
2. These murdering thugs—though they apparently will not win the release of their prisoners—still get a great reward for their crimes.
3. These violent, terrorizing tyrants have successfully [in their eyes] targeted Christians in a grossly discriminatory manner (aren’t we all supposed to be able to circle the globe and sing Kumbaya?).
4. The short-sighted, murdering opportunists would sell out their own people to win a “victory” for their jihadist cause. In this case, the Christians and the 200 South Korean troops were there to provide humanitarian aid (free medicine and food).
Somehow, I am not feeling like the good guys won a victory here.