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I found "Hostage"' a stark and brutal reminder of how unstable the world has become since the turn of the millenium. Although I sympathise fully with the families of the hostages who were so tragically murdered, I cannot help but draw parallels with what has happened in Palestine/Israel and other conflict-hit countries. Ken Bigley did not deserve such a brutal death, but he made his living working in dangerous places and knew the risks, I'd ask that you spare a thought for the people whom this war was thrust upon and had no desire to bleed and die in it.
Gary, Aberdeen, Scotland

I have been very moved and touched by tonight's programme on the hostage taking in Iraq, and the killing of these innocent people. The survivors have shown great courage I think in reliving their ordeal and telling their stories. I cannot imagine what they, the hostages went through, or indeed their families.

They have given all too vividly their thoughts on the situations they found themselves in. Although I fully appreciate that the Government cannot negotiate with terrorists, I do wish more could have been done to free Ken Bigley. Our thoughts are with Ken's family along with those of all of the other affected families in this terrible situation. With 44 hostages still being held in Iraq I think we can only pray that they will be released alive one day, hopefully in the not too distant future.
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex / England

"Hostage" once again shows the futility of trying to negotiate with islamic fundamentalist hostage-takers. The only thing they understand is terror and this is the only way to deal with them. We have to speak their language and that means to constantly be a threat to them so that they never feel safe or consider that they are one step ahead of their enemies. No country should ever feel that they cannot challenge another's religious or cultural beliefs if they think they are wrong but if you terrorise or kidnap and murder others you must expect to suffer the same for yourself. Bush and Blair are right to continue the struggle against insurgents and must never waiver from this just and courageous cause.
Brian Alderman, Scotland

It is interesting to note that of all the hostages covered in the programme only those working in Iraq for purely financial motives and helping to achieve the westernisation of Iraq by supporting the aims of the American and British military were killed.
Paul Jenkins, London

Why did the programme not review the case of Britain's other murdered hostage Margaret Hassan. Even during her final days being held captive, the British media's response was muted when compared to the case of Ken Bigley. Considering Mrs Hassan's non-profit making work with the needy of Iraq, I believe she has received a callous disregard from the media in comparsion to people who were lured to Iraq by money or for a journalistic scoop.
Alan Fraser, Aberdeen,Scotland

Wow, that was an amazing programme. It brought to light how bad the situation truly was and still is. As long as terrorists have the media to exploit and are able to run free kidnapping civilians, then its going to be a long time until everything is sorted and we can withdraw troops.
Becca Wilson, Leeds, England

I have seen these videos and they will forever haunt my mind. I have been against the war since the start but my emotions have doubled since the first berg video to the bigley one. I am so sorry for the families involved and I am so sorry for the people in Iraq and the madness this war has driven them into committing such atrocities. Bottom line is, this should have ended as soon as they got Saddam. Why are 1000s of Iraq people dying and why are these videos taking place? It broke my heart when I saw the French president waiting for those people on the plane. I wish I was French, thats the leader you want. Someone who stands for the good in this world, someone who stands by his people not oil money. More Worse is to come, if we do not leave.
Dean Wells, Bridgend, Wales

"I wish I was French, that's the leader you want". Are you serious? Chirac may well have stood firm against the war, a stance which I think all EU nations should have been united on, but do not get misty eyed about the French government. Just think about the nuclear testing in the Pacific ten years ago, its double-dealing and involvement in, as well as neo-colonial hold over, the politics of Francophone African countries. Read your history about the identity-stripping legacies that France left in the Maghreb, which curiously, now is a breeding ground for Islamic Fundamentalism. When you see Chirac or France now, think about the context in which he operates. It too is a nation with blood on its hands.
Mark, Leeds

All credit to those governments (French, Japanese, Italian) who were able to negotiate with terroists or whoever to safeguard the lives of their citizens. I simply do not agree with the arguments that you cannot negotiate with terrorists or they will take more hostages again in the future. They will anyway, negotiate or not. So goverments of the day should save as many lives of its citizens as they can by 'any means necessary' otherwise the hostages die almost in vain. And another point is the cause of terrorism in Iraq is this on-going diabolical ill-thought-through war and not Islamic fundamentalism as one of your 'commentators' above mentioned.
Ms Adio, Surrey

A very timely programme. However, I found the entirely Western perspective quite revealing. Why do we always assume that these videos were just intended to influence Western audiences? How did they play out in the Arab world? This should have been dealt with if we want to understand what is going on.
Peter, London




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