Setting aside the fact that she automatically assumed they were bad just based on their appearances, which shocked me, I just explained the situation to her.
She was pissed, and went off on a rant about how irresponsible it was of our president to let these terrorist group men out of jail and put everybody in America in danger to just save ONE man.
Doing what I always do to help her explore other perspectives, I asked her, "Well, how would you feel if you were the man who was kept prisoner for 5 years? Would you want the president to make that decision to free you?"
She said, "Absolutely not. If it were me, I would not want people put in danger on account of me...not a whole country. I'd just tell the president, do what ya gotta do, buddy, to protect our people and country. You should NOT negotiate with terrorists!"
So, anywho...it was an interesting conversation from an 11 year old perspective. Lol