Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The prisoner exchange

We can be happy for Laura Ling, Euna Lee, and their families, if Bill Clinton does indeed bring the two young women home with him. We should worry, however, about the price the US has agreed to pay in ransom.

We should also worry about the three young American mountain climbers now being held in Iraq for a similar offense, that of crossing the border into an insane society. Iran too has nuclear ambitions. Iran too has a succession crisis, though even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's severest critics would have to admit that his government has a bit more legitimacy than North Korea's. Bill Clinton will have to keep that suitcase packed. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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