The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem.
Officially, Germany had budgeted the money as humanitarian aid for the poor, landlocked nation of Mali.
In truth, all sides understood that the cash was bound for an obscure group of Islamic extremists who were holding 32 European hostages, according to six senior diplomats directly involved in the exchange.”
Opinion: The extortion racket is kept quiet by the mainstream press. The Europeans know well that al Qaeda will show no mercy; we’ve all seen the images of the beheadings and crucifixions plastered all over the internet.
The going price for the release of a hostage averages $200,000.
Jesus preached “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately” Luke 21:9.
Commotions are defined by excitement and confusion; a condition of civil unrest or insurrection. We hear about them every day.
A website called www.thereligionofpeace.com says there have been 23,512 deadly terror attacks (worldwide) since 9/11 that are classified as suicide attacks, dead bodies, and wounded.
There is no classification for kidnappings … yet.