Video: Mother of American hostage begs ISIS “caliph” for his life

posted at 1:21 pm on August 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

If you missed it yesterday, watch it now. Her son, Steven Sotloff, is the ISIS hostage who was paraded in front of the camera at the end of the James Foley beheading video with the promise that he’ll be murdered too if Obama doesn’t stop the bombing. Watching it is painful in every way — painful as a reminder of her son’s horrendous predicament, painful in the sympathy you feel for a mother who can only wait and wonder, and painful as an American to see a fellow citizen forced to beg this colossal degenerate for mercy. Before I pressed play, I thought I’d be watching an emotional appeal; it turns out this is much smarter than that. What Shirley Sotloff’s doing here is basically transactional, offering Baghdadi public recognition of his legitimacy as caliph from an American in return for safe passage for her son.

Counterterror experts think it’s a brilliant ploy. I wonder if she had any help behind the scenes from the feds.

Her language throughout the video was deliberate. In presenting her son as a reporter bearing witness to a fight against tyrants, the mother was invoking a powerful idea in Islam, said Patrick M. Skinner, director of special projects for the Soufan Group, a security consulting company.

“The way that translates in Arabic is really powerful,” he said. “Tyrant is a really, really big image in Islamic history. They’re always fighting against tyrants. The Syrian civil war was to rise up against a tyrant.”…

Skinner also said that Shirley Sotloff was smart to appeal to Baghdadi’s sense of power. Little is known about the ISIS leader, but he has designs on establishing a caliphate, or global Islamic state.

“From an emotional and a rational side, it’s a brilliant move,” he said.

Some of this is basic hostage negotiation tactics — address the kidnapper by name to try to build some sense of rapport, talk up the hostage’s good qualities to emphasize his humanity, etc — but the bit about Islamic teachings is obviously tailored for the occasion. I’m trying to imagine the most evil response ISIS could cook up. They could kill Sotloff anyway, but that would suggest Baghdadi doesn’t have as much control over his goons as a true caliph would. Arguably, it’d be a greater show of power at this point to spare him than to kill him. For maximum evil, what they could do is spare Sotloff and kill one of the two other Americans they’re holding hostage, one of them a woman, in his place. The parents of those hostages haven’t released videos, maybe because they haven’t thought of it or maybe because they’ve been warned against it: According to the NYT, the Sotloffs were told by ISIS not to reveal the fact that Steven had been captured or else they’d kill him. Shirley Sotloff put this out yesterday only because ISIS itself revealed that they were holding him in the Foley video. If you’re the parent of one of the other two hostages, what do you do now? Put out your own video and risk angering ISIS by making an issue of their disappearance or keep quiet and pray that the Sotloffs’ gain in getting their son back isn’t your loss?


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obama is their “caliph”.

Hopefully this poor woman is spared a lot.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

There is nothing “brilliant” about it, sadly. Not a single Muslim on the planet will be shamed by it. In fact, this video is just an expression of weakness.It will do nothing for her kidnapped loved one.

Warner Todd Huston on August 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

What Shirley Sotloff’s doing here is basically transactional, offering Baghdadi public recognition of his legitimacy as caliph from an American in return for safe passage for her son.

Just so long as she doesn’t grow a beard and begin practicing Islam like Jihadi Dad Bergdahl did.

Seriously, while this situation must be painful for the families of the hostages, ISO (Islamic States of Obama) has committed so many more atrocities than these kidnappings. I question the wisdom of making it about individual Americans when thousands of non-Americans are being killed by ISO.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I’m surprised they didn’t advise her to wear a hijab for this. Wouldn’t want to offend the grand poobah.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

She’s giving them what they want and they’ll just use it for propaganda. These animals don’t listen to reason and do not possess compassion. They see those things as weakness.

Maybe if she converts to Islam and starts wearing a burqa then at least she’ll be equal to a goat in their eyes. As a Kaffir, she’s no better than a pig or a dog to them.

Corporal Tunnel on August 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Humanity…? Are these the same savages that were crucifying children?

d1carter on August 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I’m sad that an American has to beg some third world would-be-dictator for the life of her son.

The man with no child in me would create a video that is something along the epic line from Liam Neeson in Taken…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZOywn1qArI

Before anyone goes and accuses me of being an ignorant macho man – I am 100% aware that my opinion would be completely different if I had children.

Defenestratus on August 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I question the wisdom of making it about individual Americans when thousands of non-Americans are being killed by ISO.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I question the wisdom of anyone who would want to go anywhere near that part of the world right now. Taking pictures and getting interviews is not a good enough reason to risk an extreme haircut.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I think the “Caliph” will be twirling his mustache as he watches.

A bully loves to see his victims beg.

formwiz on August 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Thankfully it was not the father begging for his child’s life. Because when a man grows a beard and try to connect to his child’s captor, he is a sympathizer. But her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Sadly, I don’t think a plea that she just wants to hug her son again will be a powerful argument to a 7th century barbarian.

I feel deeply for a mom who’s child is in captivity and threatened with death, but…

videos probably don’t have the power over the Islamic fanatics that we’ve been led to believe.

Dolce Far Niente on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

My predictions:

1. This will not prevent the murder of Steven Sotloff. It practically guarantees that it will now happen.

2. Mom’s groveling appeal will definitely heighten the orgasmic satisfaction that the guy who saws her son’s head off with a Swiss Army Knife and his pals videotaping it will experience. Nothing gets these guys’ rocks off like hearing their prisoners beg for their lives and offer to suck up, then grinning and saying, “NO” before burying them alive, beheading them, shooting in the back of the head, etc.

3. Steven Sotloff will get to watch mom’s groveling appeal, right before he gets his head sawed off.

4. Mom will get a copy of the video of #3 above in the mail. Whether she gets it before it shows up on YouTube, that’s something I can’t predict.

5. As soon as the high wears off from 1-4 above, the guys who did it will go looking for their next fix.

Spurius Ligustinus on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Thankfully it was not the father begging for his child’s life. Because when a man grows a beard and try to connect to his child’s captor, he is a sympathizer. But her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You like traitors.

English is hard.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM

What Shirley Sotloff’s doing here is basically transactional, offering Baghdadi public recognition of his legitimacy as caliph from an American in return for safe passage for her son.

Counterterror experts think it’s a brilliant ploy. I wonder if she had any help behind the scenes from the feds.

First the Bergdhals, now her, will one of Dear Liar’s last acts as president to recognize the caliphate? After all, the former Syria & Iraq were countries made up by colonialists, and he hates colonialists. Might he want to recognize a more natural entity such as a “caliphate?”

rbj on August 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Counterterror experts think it’s a brilliant ploy. I wonder if she had any help behind the scenes from the feds.

Wow. So “Counterterror experts” believe in legitimizing ISIS now?

I guess that shouldn’t surprise anybody since these same “experts” armed ISIS and wanted to join them in battle last year.

tetriskid on August 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

There is nothing “brilliant” about it, sadly. Not a single Muslim on the planet will be shamed by it. In fact, this video is just an expression of weakness.It will do nothing for her kidnapped loved one.

Warner Todd Huston on August 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I’m sad that I have to agree with most of your points. I do hope this doesn’t go poorly for her loved one and that she hasn’t made things worse for him. But, when ever and where ever have Muslims respected the opinion of women? Why do we expect these kidnappers to react like Westerners?

rhombus on August 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I just hope all of this – Foley and Sotloff – aren’t the warm up act for 9/11/14 -

djl130 on August 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

With our feckless leader we may all one day get the opportunity to beg Baghdadi for our lives.

Deano1952 on August 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

They’ll demand she converts, renounces the US, something totally absurd. Unless I’m wrong, they’re Jewish. This guy has little hope.

Thhe answer to all of these hostage videos is to not comply. Once the camera starts rolling, you’re dead, so don’t give them what you want.

It’s the same principle you’re told when someone grabs you either for a robbery, rape, whatnot. You fight right at the that moment and do not comply.

Compliance it what’s getting these people caught and executed, even the Syrian soldiers. If media/Aid workers fought and were killed in kidnapping attempt, it would drop off after the third or fourth time.

That’s the problem with the people going over there. They think of it as a sacrifice, borderline charity, so being taken hostage complies with a sacrificial mindset. To think they might have to fight back makes them feel like they’re apart of the aggression.

budfox on August 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

500 Canadians joined IS. They have passports. Watch the open Northern border. They can slip in via both borders now.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Thankfully it was not the father begging for his child’s life. Because when a man grows a beard and try to connect to his child’s captor, he is a sympathizer. But her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You left out the praising of terrorists and posting YT vids of terrorist attacks. Question: Why didn’t ol’ dad shave his beard and burn his keffiyah the moment his son was back in the U.S.?

As for this vid, I don’t know, would a jihadi savage really want to seem like he gave in to a woman, a creature they place below that of insects?

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

obama goes fundraising. His kids are safe. Until they don’t join the fight Dan Rather doesn’t want to hear from you.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

God, Almighty –

Where is Assad?

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

You left out the praising of terrorists and posting YT vids of terrorist attacks. Question: Why didn’t ol’ dad shave his beard and burn his keffiyah the moment his son was back in the U.S.?

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Duh, because the son forgot English and who his real daddy was/is?

He relearned English in one week…still hasn’t talked to his daddy?

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Thankfully it was not the father begging for his child’s life. Because when a man grows a beard and try to connect to his child’s captor, he is a sympathizer. But her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Sure, your average American will certainly sympathize with this woman and would not see why her son’s captors couldn’t feel the same way, but the sub-human garbage that she’s trying to ‘connect’ with exist in a completely different mindset. It’s a Nihilistic culture of death and they don’t care. These militants will use this for whatever they can gain politically and tactically.

Corporal Tunnel on August 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I’m sad that I have to agree with most of your points. I do hope this doesn’t go poorly for her loved one and that she hasn’t made things worse for him. But, when ever and where ever have Muslims respected the opinion of women? Why do we expect these kidnappers to react like Westerners?

rhombus on August 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Nailhead meet hammer.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Do you have any idea how many millions of mothers over the course of islamic history have begged muslims to not kill their kids and they did it anyway? And I’m talking about 2 year olds babies and up. Not grown adult “children”.

HotAirian on August 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Well, she is begging but she is also arguing with this (savage) guy on his own grounds. No one else has done that. She didn’t pander by wearing a hijab or apologize/mention that she appears to be Jewish.

It may not change the fate of her son, but it may convince other Muslims on the fence about ISIS. The CIA has already said there are fighters there who are disillusioned and afraid to leave. I would guess the romanticism of the whole thing sort of dims once you see the savagery up close and personal.

PattyJ on August 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

500 Canadians joined IS. They have passports. Watch the open Northern border. They can slip in via both borders now.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

We’re all about to find out first hand what the second reason for the Second Amendment is.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I hope her plea works. I would have tried anything, too. No one has seen or heard from her son since Foley’s beheading so it may be too late.

On another cheery note the recent US ISIS recruits from Minnesota we have been hearing about are apparently from Muzzie Big Mouth Congressman Keith Ellison’s 5th district around Minneapolis..must be many Muslim there dropped down from the Canadian border to elect Mr. Democrat Congressional Progressive Caucus guy.
What’s happenin’ Keith?

gracie on August 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Stupid You-Tube:

The uploader has not made this video available in your country.

Plea to Islamic State for Release of Steven J. Sotloff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etxlMoOJIy4

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

500 Canadians joined IS. They have passports. Watch the open Northern border. They can slip in via both borders now.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

We’re all about to find out first hand what the second reason for the Second Amendment is.

CurtZHP on August 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Indeed.

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The Experts will be proven wrong…again. In The Age of Obama an expert is the person in the room that is ALWAYS WRONG.

Sorry for the mother, more sorry for the son. However, the guy went over into known danger. If he were black, Obama might do something but…..

jukin3 on August 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Maybe her message would have a better chance if she made it wearing a burka.

Socratease on August 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Open borders, North and South (500 Canadians joined IS, and they have passports and can slip through the N. border), and IS, are obama’s and the D-rats anchors. You own them, traitors to the land.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Schad,
Back in the early ’90′s (?), do you remember news stories of ME pregnant women coming to the States (Chicago/Detroit/Dearborn, I think), giving birth which allowed their child/ren citizenship and returning to the ME with child/ren?
So, that gives the child time to grow up being radicalized in the ME and allows him/her to re-enter the States when the call arises to strike. It also means this goes even further back in administrations, and the other side has been planning for decades.

31giddyup on August 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

31giddyup on August 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

A Mothers love for her son,
through the so-called,..ahems,
Muslim Teachings, hoping to
strike a Jihady nerve!!

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Only if she marries a moslem and converts while paying ransom would he be spared. The thing that caught my ear when I heard it yesterday was her calling her son “child”. Not good.

I expect him to be executed unless he converts, but if Jewish, forget it.

Ps. What’s up with all these idiot jewish journalists wanting to go into the lion’s den and report on their sworn enemies. Just because they don’t consider moslems to be enemies doesn’t negate the fact that the view is mutual, especially when they’re being guided by the koran. Self hating idiots.

AH_C on August 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Nothing gets these guys’ rocks off like hearing their prisoners beg for their lives and offer to suck up, then grinning and saying, “NO” before burying them alive, beheading them, shooting in the back of the head, etc.

Spurius Ligustinus on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I wonder if you know just how much truth is in your post.

If sexual predators are allowed free reign, they have to keep doing more evil things to get “high” until they are horrifically murdering their victims.

Some would call this reaction a bloodlust. When you are that depraved, you can’t get much more evil, unless you start engaging in mass human sacrifice.

UnstChem on August 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I wonder how a mother referring to her adult son as a ‘child’ translates in Arabic.

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Mustn’t make the bad guys mad train of thought of full display. I do feel sorry for the woman and would probably do the same thing if I thought it would get my son released with his head still attached to his body. I’m sure she’s probably seen the video of how this scene will end.

Kissmygrits on August 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Counterterror experts think it’s a brilliant ploy.

My initial reaction to this is great – perhaps it would’ve been better for the experts to figuratively stand up and yell “it’s a trap!”… *after* the guy had been released.

Midas on August 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The thing that caught my ear when I heard it yesterday was her calling her son “child”. Not good.

AH_C on August 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Seems you noticed it first.

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Thankfully it was not the father begging for his child’s life. Because when a man grows a beard and try to connect to his child’s captor, he is a sympathizer. But her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

F*ckwits gotta f*ckwit.

Midas on August 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I wonder how a mother referring to her adult son as a ‘child’ translates in Arabic.

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Because as a mother I can tell you, that no matter how old your children grow, they will always be your child.

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I’m sad that an American has to beg some third world would-be-dictator for the life of her son.

The man with no child in me would create a video that is something along the epic line from Liam Neeson in Taken…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZOywn1qArI

Before anyone goes and accuses me of being an ignorant macho man – I am 100% aware that my opinion would be completely different if I had children.

Defenestratus on August 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

As a dad with one in college and two younger kids, I’d say this is perfectly understandable. I know the calculus for me would change the day my kids are on there own, too.

Midas on August 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Thankfully it was not the father begging for his child’s life. Because when a man grows a beard and try to connect to his child’s captor, he is a sympathizer. But her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

F*ckwits gotta f*ckwit.

Midas on August 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

This.

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

This video appeal seem more likely to annoy the ISIS terrorists holding her son than to have any positive effect.

Hopefully I’m wrong.

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I have nothing but my deepest sympathy for a parent desperately trying to save the life of her child, no matter how desperate it may be. And I have nothing but white hot anger at the goat f**king savages bringing all this pain and misery to the world.

RadClown on August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Mustn’t make the bad guys mad train of thought of full display. I do feel sorry for the woman and would probably do the same thing if I thought it would get my son released with his head still attached to his body. I’m sure she’s probably seen the video of how this scene will end.

Kissmygrits on August 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Sad.

Pandering to these barbarians only emboldens them. I had to bury my daughter at a young age. There is nothing worse. But pandering to Islamist Barbarians … I don’t think I could do it on camera. I would pray to God instead.

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I have nothing but my deepest sympathy for a parent desperately trying to save the life of her child, no matter how desperate it may be. And I have nothing but white hot anger at the goat f**king savages bringing all this pain and misery to the world.

RadClown on August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

This.

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Because as a mother I can tell you, that no matter how old your children grow, they will always be your child.

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I understand, but the language she uses doesn’t translate well in some cultures. I don’t know about Arabic though.

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I understand, but the language she uses doesn’t translate well in some cultures. I don’t know about Arabic though.

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

UUULUULUUULUULUUUULUUU “I keel you… Keel you now stoopid American Mom.. ULUUUULUUULUUULUUUU. Now watch me keel your son… UUUULUUULUUUULLUUUU” Allah Snackbar.

Arabic.

/Sorry, I’m just in a bad mood today

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Disgusting. As Americans, we must NEVER plead with, pander to, negotiate with, try to reason with, “recognize”, or beg anything of, the muslim animals – they are our sworn enemies.

This woman’s “ploy” is irresponsible, dangerous, un-American and completely repulsive.

Pork-Chop on August 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

This woman’s “ploy” is irresponsible, dangerous, un-American and completely repulsive.

Pork-Chop on August 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Get a grip.

RadClown on August 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

With our feckless leader we may all one day get the opportunity to beg Baghdadi for our lives.

Deano1952 on August 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Especially since our feckless leader released Baghdadi from custody in 2009.

Resist We Much on August 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

her plea it seems is considered a thing of brilliance. Good for her!

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

How’s that #BringBackOurGirls campaign working out for the 200+ girls kidnapped by Boko Haram?

Speaking of BH…

Boko Haram Jihadists: “Allah Commands Us To Kill Without Pity”…

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau declared an Islamic caliphate in the northeastern town of Gwoza in Borno State in northern Nigeria, as reported Tuesday at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Shekau also taunted France, Israel and the United States in a video released over the weekend, where he proclaimed, “[Y]ou are all pagans and we will kill you, even if you do not attack us we will kill you…Allah commands us to kill without pity.”

Last month, the brazen leader praised the Islamic State for it’s advances in Iraq and Syria. Reminiscent of videos released by ISIS, the Boko Haram video highlights men being executed as they lie face-down in the dirt.

Shekau was thrust onto the world stage after kidnapping hundreds of girls from a Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State. The kidnappings sparked an international campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls.”

Resist We Much on August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

[snip]

It may not change the fate of her son, but it may convince other Muslims on the fence about ISIS. The CIA has already said there are fighters there who are disillusioned and afraid to leave. I would guess the romanticism of the whole thing sort of dims once you see the savagery up close and personal.

PattyJ on August 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Yep… they’ll leave now for sure. Carrying their heads in a bowling bag. Maybe the CIA can supply the bowling bags.

That’s the ticket.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Last month, the brazen leader praised the Islamic State for it’s advances in Iraq and Syria. Reminiscent of videos released by ISIS, the Boko Haram video highlights men being executed as they lie face-down in the dirt.

Shekau was thrust onto the world stage after kidnapping hundreds of girls from a Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State. The kidnappings sparked an international campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls.”
Resist We Much on August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

This is like a battle of the bands. Youtube style.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

This woman’s “ploy” is irresponsible, dangerous, un-American and completely repulsive.

Pork-Chop on August 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

It wasn’t un-American. It was very American.

But also irresponsible and probably dangerous, as you say.

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

ISIS Whacking:

Iraq crisis
4m

US military forces conducted 5 more strikes against ISIL near Mosul Dam today – @NBCNews
==========================

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 2m

CENTCOM: Thursday targets: ISIL Humvee, a tank, four armed vehicles, an ISIL construction vehicle and severely damaged an ISIL checkpoint

Replied to 0 times

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 44s

CENTCOM: Five more strikes against ISIL near Mosul Dam. Total now 106

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

WH just announced Pres Obama willl make a statement at 4pm in the WH briefing room. Expected to focus on situations in Syria and Ukraine.

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

American journalist executed by Islamic State
4m

At least 4 hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners – @washingtonpost
Read more on washingtonpost.com

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/captives-held-by-islamic-state-were-waterboarded/2014/08/28/2b4e1962-2ec9-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

https://twitter.com/CENTCOMCGPAO

Maj. Brian Fickel @CENTCOMCGPAO · 6m

ISIL lost its first tank due to an air strike.

Maj. Brian Fickel @CENTCOMCGPAO · 27m

5 new strikes on ISIL destroyed a tank, a humvee, 4 armed vehicles, a construction vehicle and damaged a checkpoint. Total strikes=106.

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

It may not change the fate of her son, but it may convince other Muslims on the fence about ISIS. The CIA has already said there are fighters there who are disillusioned and afraid to leave. I would guess the romanticism of the whole thing sort of dims once you see the savagery up close and personal.

PattyJ on August 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Yep… they’ll leave now for sure. Carrying their heads in a bowling bag. Maybe the CIA can supply the bowling bags.

That’s the ticket.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

It’s in the Koran It’s in the Koran Sounds like it was made by Annonymous working with the Islamists. Frightening.

Key West Reader on August 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

There is nothing “brilliant” about it, sadly. Not a single Muslim on the planet will be shamed by it. In fact, this video is just an expression of weakness.It will do nothing for her kidnapped loved one.

Warner Todd Huston on August 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

They’ll probably make him watch the video right before they cut his head off.

Ward Cleaver on August 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

What Shirley Sotloff’s doing here is basically transactional, offering Baghdadi public recognition of his legitimacy as caliph from an American in return for safe passage for her son.

I am very skeptical that this womans pandering and pleading would have any impact on Baghdadi at all. I am fairly certain that he does not feel a need for recognition from those he is seeking to destroy, any more than the hunter seeks recognition from his prey. If anything, he is celebrating the pain he is inflicting on the infidel, his sworn enemy.
A great weakness in western peoples responses to jihadi ideology in dealing with the jihadi threat is an expectation of rational behavior. The jihadis seek no compromise or conciliation. Any appearance that they do is most likely a ploy on their part to exploit weakness in their enemy.
For my part, I am keeping my nasty closet well stocked with appropriate implements of “negotiation” (as in Bruce Willis “negotiating” in “The Fifth Element”). President Reagan had it exactly right when he employed the policy of peace through strength.

bobthm3 on August 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Geez… This is a desperate mother who is doing everything that she can to get her child back. This is about all this poor women can do. Why are we condemning her for it again?

Illinidiva on August 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

no condemnation here – just recognizing complete and total ignorance when I see it

The voice of a female<<<<<<< who's entire gender is treated as sub human chattel in the world of Islam…………….if there's any reaction at all it will likely be MORE RAGE

Katfish on August 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Any American who goes to a Muslim-controlled country should first make out his will before going there.

whatcat on August 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

We are finding out that those *Americans* being killed are ISIS recruits. What the media isn’t telling us is that they’re Somalis that were brought here by our own government and dumped on the people of Minnesota. We’re also being told that these Somali-*American* men have been *disappearing* from their Minneapolis neighborhoods (as if it’s some strange mystery), but what we’re not being told is how many of them are magically reappearing in the Middle East fighting with ISIS and using their American passports to move freely around the world.

This is a link from 2011, showing what happens when people refuse to assimilate while keeping ties to their old life and country. With taxpayers keeping their large families and many refusing to work, they have no skin in the American game…scarey stuff.

http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/why-so-many-somalis-in-minneapolis/

AppraisHer on August 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Video: Mother of American hostage begs ISIS “caliph” for his life

Tell me again how we ended up with a Muslim president?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Geez… This is a desperate mother who is doing everything that she can to get her child back. This is about all this poor women can do. Why are we condemning her for it again?

Illinidiva on August 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I haven’t the slightest idea. On the one hand, people are saying she has no power to do anything. On the other, she’s threatening national security, or something. Both are rather thoughtless and inhumane.

RadClown on August 29, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Any American who goes to a Muslim-controlled country should first make out his will before going there.

whatcat on August 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Or North Korea, or Cuba, or any of a half-dozen other places.

LawfulGood on August 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Geez… This is a desperate mother who is doing everything that she can to get her child back. This is about all this poor women can do. Why are we condemning her for it again?

Illinidiva on August 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Because it could very well backfire and further reduce what little likelihood there is that her son will be released alive.

DarkCurrent on August 29, 2014 at 9:42 AM