In his most recent column, or his most recent column in this hemisphere, at least, Mark Steyn suggests that it isn't obviously a good bargain for the kidnapped Fox news employees to pretend to convert to Islam in order to gain their release. He doesn't suggest that they should have died instead, but he does suggest that the Arab street will understand this as western weakness. Here are three topics to discuss:
1. Is there anyone out there who would choose death over pretending to convert to Islam?
2. Would we be better off as a whole if our culture expected people to die rather than pretend to become apostates?
3. Would Muslims really see this as a win for the terrorists kidnappers, rather than the face-saving means of backing down it seems to the US street?