This breaks my heart because somewhere deep in my heart since they'd first threatened to behead Steven Sotloff I've been silently praying for him. Especially when his mother posted a video about a week ago pleading with ISIS, appealing with the caliph; that he has the power to grant amnesty and to please spare the life of her son. This is just so sad.
According to Bella Naija:
The ISIS terror group has released a video titled “A second message to America” showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
31 year old Steven Sotloff from Miami in the USA was captured in Syria in August 2013.
CNN reports that after word of the Sotloff’s murder, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said that the method of killing — beheading — has a specific purpose for ISIS. A video like the one showing Sotloff’s killing “really energizes” supporters of ISIS, and beheading is employed for “maximum propaganda” to “terrify” ISIS’ enemies, Cruickshank said.
I try to avoid topics that force me question certain religions (Even though religion itself is very questionable). But I just must ask; is war journalism really worth it?
Is it worth it to put your life on the line in extremely dangerous terrain just to get a message across to some people that sit safely in the comforts and luxury of their homes, who may or may not even be particularly interested in your news?
May his soul rest in peace.