On the Pulse: Should the UK government ever negotiate with terrorists?

As another ISIS propaganda video featuring a British hostage was released earlier this week, the ethical dilemma of whether the UK government should negotiate with terrorists has reared its head.

The militant group is responsible for the brutal beheading of British aid worker David Haines, American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and the kidnapping of British charity volunteer Alan Henning.

The UK government has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to negotiating with terrorists in return for the release of British captives.

But other European states including France, Spain, Italy and Germany have found a way to hand over cash in exchange for the safe return of its citizens.

We took to the streets of South West London to find out your opinions.

Should the UK government ever negotiate with terrorists?

Yes                                  No

50%                                   50%

Those in favour believed negotiating with terrorists may help to keep peace rather than make war.

But those opposed to the idea felt the government shouldn’t deal with such people.

Ken Warder, 76, a window cleaner from Worlingham said: “I don’t think we should deal with ruthless people like that”.

Hilde Lievens, 62, a medical secretary from Balham, believes if the government negotiates with terrorists it might help to keep peace.

She said: “The violence needs to end. The government needs to understand why these people (the terrorists) are unhappy.”

Mrs Simpson a 52-year-old a teacher from Wimbledon said: “I don’t think we should be feeding them money.”

Roy Harriett, 31, a panel beater from North Chean believes the government should enter negotiations.

He said: “I think the government should negotiate so you know what the government are doing.”

Declan Spencer, a 20-year-old student from Wimbledon said: “I don’t think we should as we never negotiate with terrorists.”

Image courtesy of BBC via YouTube, with thanks

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