Local professor discusses prisoner exchange

Bowe Bergdahl
This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  University of Dayton professor Dr. Mark Ensalaco says the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for U. S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be seen as a sign toward peace.

Prisoner exchanges are part of war and its sketchy road to peace. In the case of Sgt. Bergdahl and the recent trade, no one knows if the mediating country of Qatar can guarantee the rules will be completely followed.

“Either they (released Taliban) will go back into the field and become dangerous or play constructive roles in the peace process”, said Ensalaco.  He also said Bergdahl deserted his post, left his weapons and tried to walk over a mountain range to China when he was captured in Afghanistan. But the simplest matter, he says, is the United States does not leave its soldiers behind.

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