Al-Qaeda are still up to their old tricks. Nationals of Britain, Switzerland and Germany were kidnapped in January and it now appears that the Brit has been executed. It doesn't specify what has happened to the Swiss and German hostages, but the article does say... I can understand the Swiss position potentially as they remain neutral about everything, but what do people feel about paying ransoms? Is there ever a reason to do so? Is Britain's "blanket policy against such methods" wise, given the fact that it doesn't seem to deter anyone? Is there a difference between paying a financial ransom and giving in to demands to release someone (as in this case)?