Why Terrorists Never Kidnap Russians? A Lesson From Soviet Union They Will Never Dare
Terrorists use terrorism because it works, although not against everybody.
The Soviet Union’s flaws were without number, but the effete, obsequious
squeamishness that characterizes the current American approach to Islam
was not among them.
The Jerusalem Post said the Soviet secret police last year secured the
release of three kidnaped Soviet diplomats in Beirut by castrating a
relative of a radical Lebanese Shia Muslim leader, sending him the severed
organs and then shooting the relative in the head.
The incident began when four Soviet diplomats were kidnaped last
September by Muslim extremists who demanded that Moscow pressure the Syrian government to stop pro-Syrian militiamen from shelling rival Muslim positions in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
The militiamen, the Jerusalem paper said, did not cease their attacks,
and the body of one of the Soviet diplomats, Arkady Katkov, was found a
few days later in a field in Beirut.
The KGB then apparently kidnaped and killed a relative of an unnamed
leader of the Shias’ Hezbollah (Party of God) group, a radical,
pro-Iranian group that has been suspected of various terrorist activities
against Western targets in Lebanon.
Parts of the man’s body, the paper said, were then sent to the Hezbollah
leader with a warning that he would lose other relatives in a similar
fashion if the three remaining Soviet diplomats were not immediately
released. They were quickly freed.