Editorial Board

Jordan's Right to Negotiate With Terrorists

The humanitarian and strategic case for trading an imprisoned terrorist for a foreign journalist.

Every prisoner has a father.

Photographer: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

The vital principle of not paying ransom to terrorists is too often honored in the breach. Yet Jordan, as it considers a possible hostage-prisoner exchange with Islamic State, should ignore the U.S.'s insistence that the same principle applies, because plainly it doesn't.

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