I really don’t know why these ISIS people think it is going to intimidate anyone other than journalists to cut off the heads of journalists. Okay, so I won’t be traveling to Syria anytime soon to try to cover the civil war there. I get it. It’s not safe. The media are considered fair game.
What this mainly accomplishes, however, is to make people recoil in horror and want to strike back. So, at a time when most Americans and Britons are tired of dealing the problems of the Middle East, this gives our governments additional public support for taking military action against ISIS.
In other words, if the idea is to make the West leave so they can create their caliphate, the idea is all backwards.
My deepest sympathies to the family of Steven Sotloff.