The hearts of the nation go out to Terry Anderson, who emerged from nearly seven years of inhuman torture and incarceration whole in body and buoyant in spirit. Neither his government nor the world was allowed to forget him. For that, credit goes to his sister, Peggy Say, and to his employer, the Associated Press. For his survival, the credit is to his own inner resources.
Mr. Anderson is the longest-held surviving American hostage seized by terrorists in Lebanon in the anarchic 1980s, kidnapped on March 16, 1985. He was a newsman, doing a job in a dangerous place, as were the educators, aid workers and others seized, held as ransom for terrorists who committed crimes in Western countries. Several Western hostages were murdered, including the only two U.S. government servants seized, CIA station chief William Buckley and Lt. Col. William Higgins, a marine on United Nations duty. Their remains have not been returned.
Much as Americans rejoice in the freedom of Mr. Anderson, the hostage episode is not ended. Two German aid workers remain captive, the asking price still the release of two terrorists sentenced in German courts for hijacking, kidnapping and murder. If that price is met, kidnapping will have paid off and travelers will remain fair game. Six Israelis remain, dead or alive, as hostages, as do more than 200 Lebanese held by Israel, the only country that seized counter-hostages. This must be ended for peace between Israel and its neighbors to have a chance.