Threats by depraved savages to murder Westerners cannot be allowed to determine U.S. policy toward those savages. This is warfare, and it is simply not possible to avoid this kind of thing completely. A great power cannot surrender the initiative to people like these. As soon as targets can be identified, U.S. aircraft should destroy them. No need to wait until the list is complete. And if Raqqah is the main stronghold for these people, attacking that city in general should not be out of the question. If these war criminals conceal themselves in towns and cities, and the people there agree to harbor them, those people make themselves targets too.
I wonder if it would be possible to send a message to the people of that town that they have X hours to rid themselves of ISIS or else we would carpet bomb the entire town. Of course if we issued such threat, we would actually have to go through with it if the townspeople didn't eradicate ISIS in their area. I'm not sure how we would verify that.
Video of Steven Sotloff beheading bears many similarities to James Foley killing | Media | theguardian.comIt is unclear exactly when the video was filmed, but the killer makes a reference to recent US bombings in Iraq, including in Amerli and the Mosul Dam. Iraqi forces, aided by US strikes, retook the town of Amerli last Sunday, indicating the video could have been made in the past two days.
Sotloff’s hair and beard appear to have grown since his initial appearance in the James Foley video, so the video may have been shot at a later date.
The purpose of these actions would be to give the many hundreds of thousands or even millions of Arabs who are obviously cooperating with these jihadists a strong incentive to stop doing that, and turn them out where they could be bombed in the open. If the people of an entire city decide to turn on a few thousand no-goods, they can easily force them out or kill them themselves.
No decent person wants to see even one innocent civilian get killed in a bombing, but these jihadists are a threat to people around the world and simply cannot be allowed to survive. They have killed many tens of thousands of people in Syria already, and probably thousands in Iraq. If they are not destroyed now, they will attract more followers and gain in strength, and go on to slaughter tens of thousands more innocent people.
Last edited by matchlight; 09-02-14 at 07:11 PM.
[QUOTE=MMC;1063710195]This was just updated 15 mins ago TB. Reuters put it out first......snip~
As you can see that's how far from the truth he really is and was.....I luv when the time always shows those BS excuses for what they are.