When David Cameron authorized the rescue operation for Linda Norgrove, there would have been awareness of the murder of previous British aid workers in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although there also would have been awareness of the inherent risk in any such action, it was ugly chance which led to her death.

Thankfully, a similar rescue operation for British aid worker, Helen Johnson and her colleagues has reached a successful conclusion. Johnson had been abducted in north eastern Afghanistan at the end of May, and radio chatter had indicated that she and her colleagues were in imminent danger.

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