Terry Anderson's sister says she is happy for freed Americans returning home from the Mideast this week but angry that her brother remains captive nearly six years after being yanked from a Beruit street.
"This is not the first time, nor the second nor the third time that our families have stood back and watched other hostage situations being resolved," Peggy Say said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show,While happy for those families, Say said she is "angry and frustrated that the Beirut hostages have been known as the forgotten hostages for almost six years now. And nobody seems to be angry about that.
"I listened to President Bush and senators and congressmen stand up on television and say America will not tolerate the holding of its citizens. And my brother has been chained to a wall in a dirty basement cell in Beirut - this will be his sixth Christmas.
"For years we listened to `quiet diplomacy is the answer.' Quiet diplomacy is not the answer," she said, stressing that nothing will be done "until people in the media put the feet of the administration to the fire."
Anderson, The Associated Press' chief Middle East correspondent, was kidnapped March 16, 1985. He has been in captivity the longest of the six Americans and seven other Western hostages held by radical Moslem groups in Lebanon.
Say, in a letter to Bush published in part in USA Today, asks: "When did my brother get lost in the course of human events, Mr. President? Who declared his life and liberty less valuable than that of any other hostage ever taken?"
She noted that the last picture she received, from Irishman and former hostage Brian Keenan, showed Anderson pedaling an exercise bicycle with an 18-inch chain holding his wrist to the wall.