On surrendering the moral high ground

David Rohde was a New York Times reporter kidnapped by the Taliban. Here's Rohde trying to argue for his release:
When I told them I was an innocent civilian who should be released, they responded that the United States had held and tortured Muslims in secret detention centers for years. Commanders said they themselves had been imprisoned, their families ignorant of their fate. Why, they asked, should they treat me differently?
If I was kidnapped by a woman-hating, suicide-bombing organization, I'd like to think I would be able to rebut most accusations and allegations my captives made. This one does not have an easy rebuttal.

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