The tale of Ahmed the cook, as relayed by the Associated Press, pretty well speaks for itself. At all times, there are folks that will cross some lines, but refuse to cross all of them; Ahmed certainly falls into this group.
(And I intentionally use the present tense, in the hope that somehow he’s still out there…)
What’s also of interest is the slow response from the countries that the crewmen came from, which doesn’t say much for their governments for leaving them to die.
Which brings up the question of where these regimes fall as far as the saint-sinner divide goes…