International review of the Red Cross, Vol. 87, no. 857, March 2005, p. 135-145
Irène Herrmann and Daniel Palmieri
The hostage has now reached the final stage in the deterioration of an already unenviable condition. This deterioration is not only due to the aggressors themselves but also reflects the current asymmetry in conflicts and is, even more, the result of a cruel irony of history.