How to promote terrorist acts 'Nigeria style'
As most may know, there's a particularly violent brand of islam making the rounds in Nigeria, called 'Boko Haram', or 'Western Education is sin'. Their main goal is to turn the north of Nigeria into a second islamist hell-hole alike to Somalia, Afghanistan or the Gaza strip. However, they also have the habit to aduct young girls and use them for prisoner exchanges. Now, the Nigerian government is thinking about actually releasing murders, child abusers and violent separatists in order to get back the girls:
WIth terrorists there's only one point to negotiate: The caliber of the weapon you're going to use to kill them. Anything else will embolden them to commit more terrorist acts. Releasing convicted terrorists to free civilians is not an option, this will just make them take more hostages to free more of their comrades.
The counter-example to this is what happens to Al Qaida - the Americans never discussed such ideas and kept convicted or suspected terrorists in jail. The Nigerial government should adopt the same stance.