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Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot but no mention of Goto

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The media are eating this up, sort of makes me angry.

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I realize she's emotional due to her sons predicament but she has to know there's not much Abe Can do. The demands being made are toward Jordan, not Japan.

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IS is eating this up. There's a reason Kenji wasn't killed first because the net savvy terrorists can see everyone crying for Kenji's freedom and no one had much sympathy for the other guy. IS is using these absurd hashtags and facebook pages created for Kenji's release to get what they want, a convicted terrorist.

Mom, I know you want your son, but he wouldn't want his freedom to mean more will die.

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so sorry to hear that,but,what about the other one?no relative representative at all?or im missed the boat

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i wish Goto to come home ... but the sad part is that it is not going to happen .. He knew the risk , same goes with Yukawa san .. considering the time frame (daylight) .. its probably happening right now ..

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The media are eating this up, sort of makes me angry.

Have you watched any of her interviews? Ishido is eating it up more than the media. She seems more concerned with her own agenda than her son's life, possibly because she didn't even raise him.

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This was an extremely despicable act and we feel strong indignation. We strongly condemn that,” Abe said. “While this is a tough situation, we remain unchanged in our stance of seeking help from the Jordanian government in securing the early release of Mr. Goto.”

Does Abe actually think that talking like this in public is going to make a difference to the people who are holding Goto hostage?

On one hand he is calling their actions despicable, and in effect calling them the very same thing, and then on the other hand asking them to show compassion and free the guy.

When one is negotiating from a weak position it does not seem to me to very smart to call your antagonist names and them expect them to listen to your requests.

The media are eating this up, sort of makes me angry.

The Japanese media can in their own way be worse than any paparazzi found the world over, and yet they make the excuses that they are just doing their jobs and keeping the public informed.

The one thing that would bother IS the most is NO press coverage what-so-ever, but that will never happen either, will it.

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This is not a Japan government matter as this journalist knew full well the dangerous situations and instead the pleas should be to the company he represents to assist. My taxes are best used to help Japan as a country and whole not on people who continue to place themselves at risk. If this was an official representation and on location as a means of conducting Japanese affairs then yes the government should interceded. Jordon is not Japan nor does it speak for Japan and vice versa. Japan as a government and country has no play in working any solutions with these terrorists.

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This is not a Japan government matter as this journalist knew full well the dangerous situations and instead the pleas should be to the company he represents to assist

I don't think Goto works for any company, but Abe just pledged $200 million dollars to these war-torn areas. And a lot of Goto's work is getting the message out to the Japanese people about these areas and their struggles. So in a way, his work is more connected to the government than any company.

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This poor woman. It must be a horrible position for her.

But that said I still don't think the government should give into the terrorist's demands.

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ISIS is a band of psychopaths = cannot reason with them as they have little humanity. Just stay well away.

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Goto's mother makes emotional appeal to Abe

If anyone thinks that Prime Minister Abe has any sway over what Jordan will or won't do, well, they are fooling themselves or they are trying to place Prime Minister Abe into a no win situation because of your political beliefs.

It's like asking the police to try and stop a psychopath from killing his hostages, you can't. The only way Jordan will do anything is if King Abdullah II decides to do something. If he doesn't then Mr Goto will meet the fate he made for himself. Gods don't decide our fates we do.

I wish that Mr. Goto had never attempted to save Mr Yukawa, but he did because he felt some misplaced loyalty and now the media is trying to place blame on what happens on the shoulders of Prime Minister Abe. That is either silly or political. I am certain it is 100% political.

If the media and the Left really wanted to place blame where it belong they would place it on the murderous ISIS thugs that are committing these heinous crimes. But, if the media actually did their job their leftist friends would be upset.

If Mr. Goto is murdered by ISIS the the blame for his death should be placed squarely on the shoulders of his murderers!

I give Mr Goto a 1 in 500 chance of coming out of this with his head still attached.

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Problem of so called "West World" is that they talk and it's only thing they can actually do. Same with North Korea, same with Africa, same with terrorism, same with Russia, same with Ukraine, same with this, same with everything. They just talk. There is a technology here, yo. Tracking devices, drones, stuff. Just find sobs and eliminate. I can't believe they can't do this, they just don't care.

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JoeBigs

I give Mr Goto a 1 in 500 chance of coming out of this with his head still attached.

You're too generous. I wouldn't even give him a 1 in 1000 chance.

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An announcement just flashed at the top of the tv saying that the Jordanian government has issued a statement that if ISIS guarantees the life of their pilot, they will give them the female suicide bomber ISIS has asked for.

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Somehow I have more sympathy for the Jordanian pilot than Goto. He was sent to fly over Syria by his government. Goto to the contrary was warned not to go there. That is a very different starting point.

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If a swap is made between Jordan and ISIS leaving out Japan's negotiations, there can only be one sad fate for Goto.

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I just wished these terrorists didn't exist. What they do is too much over the top already and even the powerful America cannot do anything. Looks like we are already experiencing a WW2 but it's more behind the scenes, not named or perhaps in the name of "terrorism". The most annoying is those who do all that are some tribals, very correct to say that reasoning is not possible with them. But in any case, Goto and his friend should not be blamed for what happened to them. They tried to be optimistic and confident by going there but when you are not there experiencing it, you can't tell what it is and how bad it is. I just really hope he is not suffering too much physically and I still think that miracles happen and he should keep the hope, perhaps in his country. Reading the other articles it seemed that people who are released later become kidnappers themselves, so perhaps this is the only condition that they agree to release the people upon.

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Mr Goto is a dead man. The probability was already very high the moment IS got him and now its a breath away from 100%. No govts have been able to "work anything out" with these animals, and JP is no exception. IS simply needs to be wiped off the face of this earth.

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Somehow I have more sympathy for the Jordanian pilot than Goto. He was sent to fly over Syria by his government. Goto to the contrary was warned not to go there. That is a very different starting point.

That’s pretty harsh. The pilot was (hopefully) going to kill scores of them, while Goto was, foolishly perhaps, just looking for Yukawa. Anyway, didn’t ISIS say that they would release, alive I assume, both the pilot and Goto for the suicide bomber?

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This is where good international diplomacy comes in handy. Japan has no good will built up. It's stayed out of almost every international crisis, skirmish, big international decision, offering nothing but pledges of money or nuke technology and has been content being an isolationist.

Now when Japan wants something, any kind of request for a deal seems sudden and insincere. Jordan wants its pilot and is crazy enough to make a deal, getting Goto is low on their priority list.

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You cant reason with insanity, don't even try. Just capture ISIS or shoot them, nuke them even, get rid of them, they have no value for human life and trying to reason with them is futile.

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You cant reason with insanity, don't even try. Just capture ISIS or shoot them, nuke them even, get rid of them, they have no value for human life and trying to reason with them is futile.

there is one ISIS in Japan, probably an insignificant member though, Ko Nakata. maybe he is offered something but we can see here that his appeal doesn't even matter for the IS in Syria

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Well I don't fault Jordan for doing this: if you want more ISIS bombings you have to do everything possible to make the pilots doing those bombings feel safe.

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This is like a tv drama. It's a perfect event to get the agenda going. Pulling at the heart strings of the Japanese people, Isis has become the useful idiots to set the argument for the transformation of japan.

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So it looks like the West are going to have to stand up to groups like ISIS - and get criticized for it - whilst other countries pander to their whims.

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People think about it in too many ways like a chess game move. Let's be objectives! Save him, thats all there is to think about. Be weak once to win, release the prisoner and go after them later.

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The prisoner being exchanged is charged with killing 60 people in a bomb attack.

How do the family members of those killed feel about all this?

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Release her and then follow her with a drone from 30000 feet. You know what to do next.

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"This is the first time that the group has publicly demanded the release of prisoners in exchange for hostages"

I just read in the UK Independent that the hold up is Jordan wants confirmation that their pilot is still alive. Goto holding up his photo was hardly proof.

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Well, if this deal goes down, it will probably have to go down like this:

The Jordianian Govt will want to ensure the Pilot is safe before handing over Al-Rishswi, so ISIS will have to let him go first.

After the pilot is let go from ISIS and he is safe, The Jordanians will need to let out Al-Rishawi and ensure she makes it over to ISIS safe because they will still have Goto.

After Al-Rishawi is safe, ISIS will then need to let go Goto and ensure he makes it somewhere safe - like the nearest International Airport or the nearest safe town to Westerners (wouldn't want him tossed out of a car just anywhere).

Hopefully, it will go down that way.

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The prisoner being exchanged is charged with killing 60 people in a bomb attack.

She didn't actually kill them, because her bomb didn't go off. Otherwise she would be dead too. But that failure could make her want to try again.

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