They show you the proof of life videos, the devastation and the suffering on TV.
You know that there, for the grace of God, go you.
Your heart aches, your eyes tear, you want to help.
You take the bait.
They say that the only way you can help them is by doing what they ask.
If you don’t do exactly what they ask, they will let these people die.
They will torture them front of your eyes by not giving them food or water or shelter.
They will parade them in front of the TV cameras and say that if anything happens to them, its your fault because you would not meet their demands.
They are hostages.