I should begin this post by stating my own personal view; which is that, no matter what, no matter how difficult or tragic the circumstances; there should be no deals with Terrorists!
Consider the present confusion in Syria/Iraq, that portion which is controlled and dominated by the murderous fanatics of Izzy (Islamic State). They hold a Jordanian fighter/bomber pilot, and a Japanese journalist; and they want to swap these two for a female suicide bomber who is in jail in Jordan for killing sixty people.
But just consider what is on offer. A Jordanian pilot, flying under orders. He must have know the risks, flying into a zone where sophisticated weaponry, courtesy of the Americans who left it there to be used by the Iraqis, is freely available. A Japanese journalist who went into IS controlled territory hoping for a ‘story’ and allegedly trying to free another Japanese bloke.
Against those two lives are balanced a third, a female suicide bomber who took part in an attack which cost the lives of sixty people in Jordan.
Is she worth it?
No bloody way!