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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 7:51 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 7:51 a.m. MDT

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Karl (not Marx)
WVC, UT

This is sad for the family of this man but his death should not be the focus of US policy regarding further actions in the area. In other words, these events should NOT be considered when retribution is weighed, and NOT be considered when acquiescence might be the desired result. To quote/misquote Spock, "the needs of the many are outweighed by the needs of the one."

The journalist(s) involved knew they were entering a dangerous field of play but chose to continue because they loved their work. Some may have had hope that their work might change processes between competing factions. They are paying a high price for personal ideals but they chose. Leaders cannot account for the individual actions of those outside their influence and must let these choices play out -- even if it means fatal consequences. To change direction because of the actions of individuals exercising personal agency is a disastrous step for any government.

Policies of the current administration have been less than concrete and it makes the enemy think they can get what they want. Firm conviction is the only response to terrorists -- despite the ensuing heartache from episodes like this.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

There can be no negotiation nor compromise with savages like that. They are essentially a death cult which place no value on human life or the trappings of civilization or modernity.

Teddy Roosevelt's approach of "Perdicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead" is the only one worth pursuing, other than massive retaliation for each atrocity.

In reality, the second journalist hostage will be murdered int he same gruesome manner by the barbarians. And, Obama will do nothing but mumble some apologetic words or idle threats, or send a feckless Secretary of State to grovel or bluster. These people are in a religious war against all of the West, and must be exterminated. It is truly a case of "them or us."

If we cannot protect Americans abroad, and will not secure our national boarders at home, we have ceased to exist as a country, let alone a world power.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Good thing we have a decisive and clear-headed leader as President.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I suspect Barack will comply with the terrorists demands.....

FT
salt lake city, UT

@USAlover is correct. The last thing America needs at a time like this is POTUS like Bush who had neither the intelligence or the foresight to handle the situation in the Middle East.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "FT" I hate to tell you, but USAlover is being sarcastic. What was really meant is that our current President is indecisive and is NOT clear headed.

If you hate Bush so much, why do you like Obama? Their policies are nearly identical, except for magnitude. You didn't like Bush going into Iraq, yet have no problems with Obama inciting instability throughout the middle east.

TheProudDuck
Newport Beach, CA

"For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind."

That loophole about "corruption" is pretty darn broad. It effectively allows Muslims to kill anyone who gets in the way of establishing the rule of Islam.

I am glad most American Muslims are not fully faithful to the dictates of their religion.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Some questions:

* Has ISIS committed an act of war?
* Does the death of Michael Brown have more media coverage, and political concern then our American reporter?
* After a two minute speech, could Obama have done something more worth while then hit the golf course with Alonzo Mourning?
* Could ISIS members have crossed our southern borders, to start executing our citizens?
* Would our commander be more concerned if a member of his family was to be executed by an ISIS member?
* Are our leaders protecting its citizens?

worf
Mcallen, TX

Sad, but true.

Beheadings have been going on for years along our southern border, and all we've done is send more weapons to drug cartels, and sue Arizona for enforcing the laws.

The media, and political leaders haven't shown much interest.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Karl –

“Policies of the current administration have been less than concrete and it makes the enemy think they can get what they want.”

. . . And yet there were more beheadings of Americans during the Bush administration. Go figure.

Hey DN Subscriber –

“If we cannot protect Americans abroad, and will not secure our national boarders at home, we have ceased to exist as a country, let alone a world power.”

In other words, if we keep accepting the advice of American “Conservatives,” we can’t exist as a world power.

Engaging in an unprovoked war against Iraq and occupying that country to engage in “nation building” resulted in this current state of affairs.

American “Conservatives” are the most effective allies to the enemies of this nation.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Redshirt –“If you hate Bush so much, why do you like Obama?”

. . . Because Obama is NOTHING like GW Bush. Obama is a pragmatist, and an intelligent and reasonably effective leader.

Obama does not kowtow to America’s willfully unaware “Conservatives,” who really don’t know what’s going on in the world and who apparently can do NO good for this nation.

“Conservative” leadership gave us 911 and the Iraq war . . . and gave rise to ISIL and the current state of affairs in the Middle East. Do you actually think that killing over 100 thousand Iraqis in an unprovoked war won us any Muslim friends in the Mideast?

The last thing a President should do is pay ANY attention at all to what “Conservatives” want.

I’m glad I could help.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "GaryO" thanks for letting us know that you are so blind to what Bush did, and what Obama is currently doing that you cannot recognize that they are virtually the same except for the magnitude.

However, if you think otherwise, tell us what Obama has done that is different from Bush?

FYI, Iraq wanted the US to remain there with combat troops but Obama decided it was more politically expedient to pull the troops out. See "Obama adjusts Iraq narrative, now blames Bush for troop withdrawal" in the Washington Post. There are also other news reports of Iraq asking for combat troops to remain, but Obama didn't want to leave troops there.

I know that facts are the last think you want to read, but those are the facts.

worf
Mcallen, TX

GaryO, you don't supply examples of Obama's intelligence, and leadership!

Give some examples and enlighten us.

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