Ransom: to pay or not to pay?

An undated grab from a video obtained by ANI Mauritanian news agency reportedly shows former Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaking at an undisclosed location. Islamists were holding 41 foreigners hostage, including seven Americans, after an attack on a gas field in eastern Algeria. PHOTO/ AFP  

When nationals are kidnapped by terrorist groups (as was seen recently in Algeria), should the hostage's government pay ransom to secure safety?

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