ISIS takes U.S. woman hostage; time to stop giving the enemy propaganda tools

Remember the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom when a young female American soldier named Jessica Lynch was taken prisoner? It brought s chilling reality to the new battlefield of the 21st century — there were no frontlines, the battle lines existed everywhere. Now, we realize the enemy who has declared war against us does not operate under the Roberts Rules for Order or even the established Law of Warfare. We know ISIS currently holds an American, Stephen Sotloff, whose mother just yesterday made an emotional plea for his safety and his life.

Now, as reported by CNS News, we learn “The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group. The Islamic State group recently threatened to kill American hostages to avenge the airstrikes in Iraq against militants advancing on Mount Sinjar and the Kurdish capital of Irbil.”

According to ABC News, she was kidnapped a year ago and he terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, whom a representative for the family requested not be identified.

This doesn’t sound like just a regional threat, and clearly ISIS has declared war against the United States — just as al-Qaida did some years ago — and we know the results of our dismissal and the failed efforts of the Clinton Administration. But, don’t worry folks, President Obama is so capable, he’ll be heading off to another Democrat fundraiser on Friday.

“CNS says, “in its annual report last November, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists estimated at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria — held and threatened with death by extremists or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. The CPJ described the widespread seizure of journalists as unprecedented and largely unreported by news organizations in the hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help to negotiate the captives’ release. The group reported 52 journalists have been killed since Syria’s civil war began in early 2011 and documented at least 24 other journalists who disappeared earlier this year but are now safe.”

I believe it’s time we had an honest conversation. It’s time we stop allowing these western journalists and humanitarian aid workers to freely roam about unprotected. This is a different enemy and the result is obvious — they are either going to be killed or extorted for ransom — which furthers the advancement of the Islamic jihadist movement and explodes their coffers. The policy of America is not to negotiate with terrorists — and that is the American policy, not exactly that of President Barack Hussein Obama, since he traded five senior Taliban leaders for one deserter. America cannot have its foreign policy and strategic objectives held hostage due to the actions of freelance journalists. This is a not a humane battlefield.

Further, as more Americans departing the homeland to join forces with ISIS, it is time we declare that taking such action results in a revocation of America citizenship. This means these individuals must be treated as the enemy and dealt with as such. This is war and not a law enforcement exercise. We need to be more circumspect in analyzing Americans, especially males, traveling to and from Turkey, or any other point of entry that allows them access into Iraq and Syria.

I would hope these are the types of items for which President Obama would consider using his pen and phone — but then again, he has to get ready for another fundraiser.

My heart goes out to the families of James Wright Foley, Stephen Sotloff, and the unnamed 26-year-old American woman. However, we must acknowledge this is a savage, vile and barbaric enemy who does not operate under the rules and standards of humane behavior and decency.

This enemy must be destroyed and we must not retreat — and that means not giving them the easy propaganda point of displaying Americans as hostages or being brutally murdered.

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Cincinnatus
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I hope that no one in the U.S. Military/Intelligence community is going to suggest going back to water-boarding, just to find out where these hostages are, etc. That wouldn’t be humane, or even polite. In fact, it might even result in the ultimate insult to the United States … an asterisk before the name of our dear leader, on his Peace Prize.

Lt Candy-Pants
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Ah, sarcasm. The refuge of the simpleton.

DT
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Ah, an ad hominem attack. The mark of the intellectually deficient.

Lt Candy-Pants
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Did you just “nuh uh, you are” me? Adorable.

Third_Party_Now
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Water boarding is a war crime.We wrote those rules, and executed some Japanese for doing it to our soldiers. Might be nice if we stuck to our principles. We can find other ways to destroy ISIS.

Cincinnatus
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@TPN- Your pants are on fire. Not one truth in your three allegations. Your are obviously a neo-Communist demoncrat TROLL, using the pseudonym TPN as subterfuge. Pick a new disguise.

Robert Blaufuss
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Waterboarding right or wrong does not even compare to the inhumanity ISIS brings. Sorry for the lady being captive, what a nightmare. My prayers to her.

djmc993150
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As a member of the military, Im not interested in waterboarding them, it just isnt what we should be doing.
Now if you said, hydrochloric acid boarding them, okay. But not water.

Ken
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If waterboarding gets us the information, go for it. The Islamic Parasites would do worse than that.

JaneyBloop
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and have done so

williampenn
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Rape, regardless of gender, is always part of an Islamic kidnapping. Just ask Lawrence of Arabia.

Lt Candy-Pants
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Wow, that is so not true. Way to be bigoted.

49_67_71_77
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The Muslim in the WH let some of our foreign enemies go in exchange for an American deserter/traitor.

Paul Sheridan
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It’s not a bad idea but does the President have the authority to tell American journalists or aid workers they can’t travel to Syria or Turkey? It seems to me that this would require an act of Congress at the very least. The Trading with the Enemy Act is used to prevent tourism and trade with Cuba but journalists and aid workers are still permitted to travel there. We definitely should be keeping a close eye on any ISIL sympathisers travelling to the region though.

Earl Lee
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Go get her allen (i hate muslims) west! Oh…wait…you have to post to your BLOG!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Mikel McCallister
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I think our government needs to use the necessary means and just totally anialate the entire country. Just wipe it off the face of the earth. Level it and start all over with another hospitable country.

elle
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You show your true colors Earl – how can you make light of this horrible thing and this young woman who will probably die, has no doubt already been repeatedly raped and brutalized. How compassionate of you to hold on to your petty indifference.

Earl Lee
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Is making light of it just as bad as EXPLOITING it for profit??

elle
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Earl you making light of it is much much worse. In fact you making a joke about it is just disgusting. You making light of it, in other words having yourself a good laugh about it does not even compare to someone writing a blog post about it. You are so ignorant you don’t even know how ignorant you are. And now to try and bring your petty little bitch fest back on about him making money from his blog. Really? Are you seriously that big of a loser? Millions and millions and millions of people make money from their… Read more »
Mike in Virginia
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The only reason any American should EVER be in a Muslim country is if they are there to kill Muslims…PERIOD. These people have to be insane to even think of providing aid to members of the most violent religion the earth has ever seen. They behead someone about every 15 minutes all over the world and their backwards religion is completely incompatible with happiness and human life.

Lt Candy-Pants
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Hahahahahahahahaha. You’re adorable. “The most violent religion the earth has ever seen”. Try reading the Bible and the history of the Crusades. Remember how the Christian god killed innocent children whose only “crime” was being born to Egyptians? Or what about the time he summoned bears to kill 46 people for teasing a Prophet about being bald. Or what about the time where god is supposed to send 75% of the Earth’s population to burn in a lake of fire forever? Those are all “true” according to Christians: way to be a blind bigot.
Mike in Virginia
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Lets try to stick to the last 5 centuries please. Liberals LOVE to point out killings by Christians a thousand years ago as a way to protect their beloved Islam. Only one religion is murdering people every single day in 2014. Only one.

E Richard Brewster
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Then, by alleging that the God if Israel and of Christianity has done all these awful things, you are saying its on for the Muslims to do them? Interesting justification of your point of view be attacking the legitimacy of the view of another. Fact is, what ISIS is doing is barbaric. Or would you disagree?

E Richard Brewster
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Well here now. Not all Christians believe the Old Testament stories are tales of a real maniacal god hurling down his vengeance. Many of us think those things happened, and then some perhaps Imam equivalent used the notion of god doing it to keep the masses in line, um, which is like many of the current Imams of Islam do and for the same purpose. A big difference is that you have to go way way back to find instances of some Christian God acting this way, OR some Christian group acting this way. For Judaism and Christianity and most… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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More useless wackiness that comes out of your mouth. You wants to protect each journalists and aid worker? With Amer soldiers or
Private contractors ? The thousands of journalists in Iraq ?
And you want Obama to restrict the internet? That’s pretty much impossible and only done by censorship .

teflonron
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If you go to the Middle East expect the worst. Who the hell would go over there?

Third_Party_Now
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Did this article just blame the rise of Al Qaeda on Bill Clinton? I guess I’ve found the lunatic asylum.

elle
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Well he did say “I nearly got him. And I could have killed him.” – Bill Clinton, Sept. 10, 2001; speaking to a group of business types in Melbourne 10 hours before the first plane hit the WTC. Here West is referring to Clinton and his multiple failures to kill Osama bin Laden, leader and founder of al-Qaeda. He had a handful of chances to take him out, a couple very good ones and failed. Fast forward to 9/11. I think saying the Clinton administration’s failure to deal with AQ is very relevant to compare with the Obama administration dealing… Read more »
mdy616
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Don’t these people know they are targets for ISIS when they go there? Are they accepting that fact and doing it anyway? If so, then what are we to do? They KNOW Obama cares NOTHING for American citizens so they should not be surprised when there is no help coming…

Melanie Simka
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It’s not true that Obama or our government doesn’t care. Can you even imagine if these decisions were on your head? America has always had a firm rule that we do not negotiate with terrorists. And yes, that rule can have some sad results, but the alternative, going against our set in stone rule, would start a precedent…for every other country to start plotting against Americans in order to get whatever they want, including money that would be used for evil against us, and release of other terrorists, that would then turn on us again. That’s why our country has… Read more »
Jade
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But Obama DID negotiate with terrorists….He traded 5 taliban militants for Bergdahl…. Is that not negotiating?

Tara
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Obama does not care. Or he would send in the Calvary!! No negotiations just go in, and retrieve the kidnapped. Like a real leader would do. Ps. He already broke the golden rule of not negotiating and traded 5 terrorists for one deserter.

Third_Party_Now
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Yeah. Sending in the Cavalry would surely work. I bet Obama never even thought of doing that. But if he watched more Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone movies he would understand. I bet Chuck and Sly would volunteer. Ted Nugent too. And then there’s Jack Bauer. Those jihadis wouldn’t know what hit them. They wouldn’t certainly give up their terrorist ways.

Melanie Simka
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The problem is that these things are just not so simple. Yes they could send in ppl to rescue them, which they actually often do, they don’t always know where they are and how safe this mission can be carried out…perhaps sacrificing abunch of our military ppl to save the ones they’re trying to find. Our government has terrorism specialists and Intel and counter Intel etc etc…defense experts, military experts, there are many ppl trying to figure out the best way to go about this. Contrary to some opinions that it’s Obama just going on a whim, flying by the… Read more »
Alley Katt
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Why are we in the USA now just hearing about all of these hostages!? The ISIS has had this planned well in advance so where is our intelligence ?

Lt Candy-Pants
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Katt: We have had the intelligence that she had been taken but we can’t always protect or recover people who willfully put themselves into a place where they are easy-access targets for terrorist groups. Plans have been in place to free her but there has never been a good opportunity.

Jade
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Yes, and please pardon my sarcasm but I can’t resist, Obama is running out of militants to release in exchange…

Sharon Jackson
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Sorry, but just because this is a woman hostage does not make a difference. These people go to these areas knowing full well the danger THEY place themselves in. I truly feel for the hostages and their families, however, they chose this path.

ajay
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I’ve often thought what would I do if a hostage taker held my loved one, gun or knife, and demanded I stand down.. My passion would dictate that I act, not by surrendering as Obama is, but by attacking with every chance I could find to kill, wound or otherwise distract the hostage taker from the hostage, inflicting even minor damage in order to stimulate their natural inclination to self defense. Sure they’re suicidal, but what alternative. Kill or be killed, including the hostage. We (truly peace loving peoples) will only be free when they (conquerors) are eliminated.
mcrognale
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If only we had a real man as our President.

David McCray
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For all you stupid people saying this is complicated, it is not. Its very simple, she dies. Yes, it is tragic for her family and I sympathize with them. The fact remains, that her life is not more valuable than the security of a nation, PERIOD. If it were me that were kidnapped it would be even simpler, I would have died trying to escape. I would NEVER expect a rescue, nor would I expect the U.S. as a whole to negotiate for my release. Any true patriot would and should feel the same way.

Jade
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I agree with you David – it’s hard to say that, but if it were me, I’d know I would not go home alive. However, one thing I would add is I would NOT recite what my captors want me to say – what have I got to lose? They already would have me ready for my beheading, so why give them that? I would instead relieve my country of any responsibility for my release and safe return, and furthermore I would say to keep up the cause and fight for America. (at least that’s what I *think* I would… Read more »
ocdhd
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Stop blaming the President if you don’t understand how the world works. The man has enough pressure from his bosses, the ultra filthy super wealthy rich. And they are human too. You think the next President will fix this? Name one time in history when everyone was satisfied with their President? Dumb ass population. Money and Ownership of expensive items like Control and Power rules the world.