It is sad that Prime Minister Netanyahu has to ask world leaders for outrage. 3 of the victims of this attack were US citizens, making this tragedy no different than previous ISIS beheadings. President Obama is under fire for his weak comments about restraining violence and peacefully lowering tensions at a time when an attack against the United States has occurred.
3 Americans are among the 4 victims of a terrorist attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem. The prospect of further negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian authorities is close to zero at this point. This was the deadliest attack in Jerusalem in 6 years.
When you add together killing an aid worker and the beheading of 17 Syrian soldiers, this is a message of intimidation that has worked thus far. ISIS believes they have the staying power to create a new country carved out of Iraq and Syria. When ISIS conducts these beheading, it is intended to advance their cause.
The Iranians have a strong sense that they can get more out of the Obama administration. Iran is under no sense of urgency, and the letter to Iran’s Ayatollah illustrates that President Obama is desperate to make a deal.
More than 300 men, women and children were slaughtered for the crime of fighting back against the terrorist group ISIS. ISIS is going to create a new country in the Middle East unless we change our approach.
The statistics on terrorism are being severely down-played. The United States’ reaction to the very real threat of large-scale global terrorism is weak and not enough.
A UN report finds that foreign fighters from 80 different countries are joining terrorist organizations at unprecedented rates. Officials estimate that 15,000 terrorists from Europe and the United States are now fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, numbers significantly higher than the Obama administration has used.
ISIS feels like using hostages to communicate is effective especially in the western world. The United States needs to change its strategy before ISIS takes complete control of an entire area and virtually becomes a state.
A lot is unknown, but it was inevitable that a terrorist group, as ruthless as ISIS, would use chemical weapons. The threat is there and it is real.