If you don't want to risk losing your head, STAY OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST, even if you ARE a journalist! The American journalists that have been captured and beheaded went to that area of the world on their OWN accord! The terrorists asked for ransom. The US is right in NOT paying. The money would only go for more weapons the terrorists can terrorize with, and embolden them to capture MORE people. The European countries who actually PAY those ransoms aren't helping the situation any. They are ENCOURAGING the terrorists instead.