By paying ransoms, the Arabs get to look like good guys. They got your friends released from those nasty terrorists. Oh, thank you Mr. Qatar and Mr. Saudi Arabia! But look what has actually happened: they have supplied the terrorists with money, which is essential if you want to do any serious terrorizing. In other words, kidnapping is just a stunt to arrange for a transfer of funds that will make the terrorist bankrollers look good.
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