Wise words from, suprisingly enough, a Time article about an Israeli secret serviceman captured by the Syrians in 1984:
[ . . . ]The Syrian prisoners were men like me with families and mothers. They weren't terrorists or murderers. Today there is a difference, but I would still exchange terrorists to get our soldiers back. It's a very expensive price, but it should be paid. We've never had success by using force. We've always had negotiations.
But why should he know any better than some American warblogger?