American hostage Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by jihadist terrorists. There was no immediate confirmation of the video.
The video reportedly warns governments to back off from “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State”.
Sotloff, 31, disappeared while reporting in Syria in August 2013. His apparent kidnap was not widely reported until he appeared on a video released last month by the Isil.
In the footage a masked militant beheads US reporter James Foley then parades Mr Sotloff, warning he will meet the same fate unless US President Barack Obama ends air strikes against the group in Iraq.
Angelo Codevilla’s solution keeps looking better and better.
Note, as well, that the IS did not have to exert much power to conquer Sunni majority areas in either former Syria or former Iraq. The people there want to be ruled by Sunni, unless they are given a compelling reason to accept something else. In former Iraq, the local Sunni tribes supported the Sunni Ba’athists’ fight against the Americans until, in 2006, the Shia death squads slaughtered them in such numbers as to lead these tribes to beg for a deal with the Americans. What the American spinners called “the Sunni awakening” resulted from the reality of imminent Sunni mass death. Breaking the hold of the IS on the people it now rules will require a similarly rude “awakening.”
Sounds good to me. Hey, ISIL, wake up! We’ve got some Shia death squads for you! Also this:
Killing the IS requires neither more nor less than waging war—not as the former administration waged its “war on terror,” nor by the current administration’s pinpricks, nor according to the too-clever-by-half stratagems taught in today’s politically correct military war colleges, but rather by war in the dictionary meaning of the word. To make war is to kill the spirit as well as the body of the enemy, so terribly as to make sure that it will not rise again, and that nobody will want to imitate it.
That requires first isolating the Islamic State politically and physically to deprive all within it of the capacity to make war, and even to eat. Then it requires killing all who bear arms and all who are near them.
This is the truth about solving the problem of militant Islam that American administrations from Reagan to George W. Bush to Barack Obama have fought like hell to ignore. But militant Islam still refuses to ignore us.
The video and its images will likely flood the Internet over the next few hours, pushed by ISIS’ social-media fronts and others. I won’t post those, although some of the news articles linked may have some contained within them.
This from one of the head Hot Gassers, Ed Morrissey. Although I’m not really singling him out, because every damned “journalist” in the United States will probably take a similar tack. It’s almost as if they don’t want you to see what militant Islam really looks like, the full, unashamed, glorious horror of it.
Remember “KNOW YOUR ENEMY?” They don’t seem to want us to do that. I wonder why?
ISIS will be paying this price for this and many other atrocities. Hopefully, very soon and in full.
Not while you and those like you attempt to draw a discrete curtain over what they should be paying a price for.