Final month’s heroic rescue of a US hostage, Philip Walton, in Nigeria serves as a pointy reminder: Different Individuals stay in captivity overseas unjustly, too, and the nation shouldn’t relaxation till each one in every of them is dwelling.
Walton’s rescue was completely spectacular: The elite SEAL workforce parachuted down just a few miles from the goal and killed a lot of Walton’s captors, with out struggling any US casualties. President Trump rightly praised “our country’s brave warriors” for the “daring nighttime rescue.”
“The kidnappers wished they had never done it. We got our American citizen . . . but the other side suffered gravely,” he stated.
But Walton’s rescue shines a vivid mild on different Individuals being held hostage around the globe, a number of in Syria alone:
• Austin Tice, a former Marine officer, freelance journalist and Georgetown College Legislation Middle scholar who disappeared in 2012 after spending a summer season reporting there.
• Majd Kamalmaz, a Syrian-American therapist, who vanished after being stopped at a Syrian checkpoint in 2017. No less than 4 others are additionally considered held by the Syrian regime.
Excellent news: For the primary time in a decade-plus, a prime White Home official, Kash Patel, not too long ago held secret talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in a bid to safe the discharge of no less than two hostages, The Wall Street Journal reported. It was an important mission — however only a begin.
In the meantime, the precise variety of political prisoners held elsewhere is assessed, however the names of some are recognized:
• Paul Whelan, a 50-year-old US Marine detained in Russia in 2018, accused of being a overseas agent and in possession of a USB drive containing categorized data.
• The CITGO-6 — 5 US residents and one authorized resident detained in Venezuela: Alirio Zambrano and his brother Luis Zambrano, and former CITGO vice presidents Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas and President Jose Pereira.
• Alyssa Petersen and Jacob Harlan, who operated China Horizons, an English-teaching program and have been arrested close to Shanghai in 2019. Chinese language police say the 2 have been “illegally moving people across borders.” John Cao, a 60-year-old North Carolina pastor who’s additionally a authorized resident of China, was arrested on the identical cost and sentenced to seven years in 2018.
• Siamak Namazi, a twin US-Iran citizen, who’s been detained since 2015, after visiting relations in Tehran. His father, Baquer Namazi, an ex-UNICEF official, was additionally detained and held since 2016.
The US doesn’t abandon residents; it fights on until they’re dwelling. When Joe Biden takes workplace, right here’s hoping he remembers that.