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The Reluctant Terrorist?

It was an odd moment in a kidnapping, as one of the captors felt a pang of discomfort. The American backpacker had climbed willingly into the conspirators` van, lured by the false promise of dinner with a local Delhi family. Now it was time to tell him he was a hostage. The crisis of conscience was short-lived, but it was significant enough for the kidnapper to recall later in a confession he penned in jail. “All of a sudden, I felt terribly embarrassed,” he wrote. So embarrassed that, hoping to evade responsibility, he begged his co-conspirator in Hindi, “Kidnap me also.” His cohort growled, “Don`t kick up a fuss.” And they carried out the crime. Full Story

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