#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – EUROPE – July 30 – European governments are bankrolling Islamist militants by handing over millions to release hostages, reports the International New York Times.
"Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe," says the paper.
The group has made $125 million since 2008.
NYT Opinion February 2013 stated – But little was said about the most important factor: Europeans have knowingly bankrolled Islamist radicals with ransom payments since at least 2003.
Sixteen years before the 9/11 attacks, the United States sold Iran weapons indirectly in the hopes of freeing American hostages held by Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah. The Iran-contra debacle taught America, among other things, that paying ransom money only emboldens terrorist groups and their backers.
Yet when confronted with the same challenge, European leaders have failed to heed that lesson, and have filled the coffers of terrorist groups for at least a decade.
The so-called global war on terror has been hobbled by these pay-off’s. The same nations that until very recently had troops in Afghanistan fighting terrorism have been turning over cash to terrorists in Africa.
Over the past decade, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands have paid more than $130 million to terrorist groups, mostly through mediators, to free European hostages.
Then courting the social media war machine allows these militant organisations to grow in popularity and thus spread their words far and wide, allowing recruitment of followers and increasing the spread of radical fundamentalism.