Heard on the Today Show 8/2/89 Bryant Gumbal interviewing a middle east expert Bryant: Sir, What is that the Soviets did, that was so effective at getting their kidnapped diplomats back that we could not or were not willing to do ?? Expert: Well, they called in the KGB who promptly kidnapped some relatives of the people who were presumed responsible, castrated them and sent them back with the message that this would happen to the the kidnapers themselves if the hostages were not released. You can imagine what NBC would have said if the US had done this. Bryant: Yes and we would not have had film at 11 !!
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