ISIS Reportedly Beheads 2nd U.S. Journalist Despite His Mother's Plea

Steven Sotloff

American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly lost his life, according to a video made public Tuesday by the Islamic militant group ISIS. In it, a masked terrorist threatens, "Obama, I am back," a reference to the video of photojournalist James Foley, who was beheaded by the group last month. They threatened to kill Sotloff too, if President Obama did not stop the U.S. airstrikes against them.

Sotloff's mother Shirley Sotloff made an impassioned plea last week to the leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. She begged him to "follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad" and show mercy to her son and let him go without harming him.


The White House is not confirming the authenticity of the video. Press Secretary Josh Earnest just said that "the United States had devoted significant time and resources to rescuing Sotloff." The CIA won't confirm it either.

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We can't be sure that Sotloff is dead, beheaded or otherwise, but did we ever really think he was going to get out of there without a miracle? ISIS is very bad news, and Foley and Sotloff are hardly their first victims. The whole reason these American journalists were there in the first place was to try to shed some light on the evils happening in the Middle East and bring awareness and maybe even some help to that corner of the world.

And they both paid with their lives.

I can't imagine the emotions going through these families right now, especially Shirley Sotloff, who was so desperate to see her son again that she begged a terrorist for mercy to bring him home. Her heart has to be absolutely reeling right now.

The worst part is ISIS is far from done. In this video, they've already named their next victim, a British captive named David Cawthorne Haines.

It is so sick, twisted, and wrong, and President Obama needs to do something aside from vacation. I get that he can work from anywhere since technology is awesome, but what the heck? What kind of message does this send to the world? Why aren't they afraid of the consequences facing them for murdering our people? Oh yeah, because there don't seem to be any.

This is personal now. It's time to show some decisiveness, and it's time to act. We cannot allow this sort of evil to go unchecked.

Do you think there's any way to stop ISIS?


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