Profile Of A Hostage-Taker

The aftermath of the 2007 Lawton hostage drama brought the inevitable cries for stricter "screening" of teachers. Meaning, the government would make life even more complicated for applicants. But remember that Armando Ducat is a licensed engineer, teacher, pre-school owner, building contractor, businessman, philanthropist, former congressional candidate and a close friend of a Senator of the Republic. Does that sound like a guy who will fail a "screening"? Like suicide bombers, hostage-takers fit no specific psychological profile. The most logical way to discourage such acts in the future is for the government to show that it will never give in to any demands whatsoever -- including privilege speeches, ice cream and orinola.

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