Two Japanese Hostages, as Different as Can Be, Linked by Fate in Syria – NYTimes.com

Two Japanese Hostages, as Different as Can Be, Linked by Fate in Syria – NYTimes.com.  Truth is stranger than fiction.  This has been pretty much the only thing on the news for the past week.  It’s a pretty amazing story.  And of course now with Yukawa dead, the stakes have changed a bit for Goto and the Japanese government.  Last I heard ISIL is demanding the release a of a pilot from a Jordanian prison in exchange for the release of the journalist, Goto.

The cynic in me is a little suspicious of Kenji Goto’s heroic actions.  Certainly his journalistic work deserves respect.  But likely as not, Goto is some kind of spy or agent of the Japanese government, not just a brave activist with a passion for the politics of the region.  Surely this is no less difficult a story to swallow than Yukawa’s fraught gender struggle/ suicide attempt etc.

*Update:  I got some details about who was a imprisoned by whom and being demanded in exchange for whom by whom.  But with Goto dead now this will all mostly leave the public consciousness I suspect.  What a strange and terrible story.

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