This is a link to a story about how hostages were freed when their captors were paid a $30 million dollar ransom.
In a world full of private paramilitary and mercenary organisations like Sandline International, of SAS’s and SIS’s and MI5’s and MI6’s and CIAs (just about every 3 letter combination you can think of is espionage afiliated) why was this ransom necessary? Just how grounded in reality are men’s airport novels anyway? Remember the five travellers who were kidnapped by Sikh terrorists in the Kashmir district in India 3 or 4 years ago? One was cruelly killed and the rest were never heard from again. That was also an employment opportunity for soldiers of fortune with time to kill. What is it that I don’t understand?