The list is a bit short today as I had a procedure done on my hands this morning and typing is difficult.....more to come this weekend. I don't drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes but all my friends tell me they're available now, so sit back and enjoy one while reading the below.
Much has been written since Islamic State released the video of its British executioner chopping off James Foley’s head last month. We have been told by leaders and commentators alike that with this singular crime, Islamic State awakened the sleeping lion of the West. That act of barbarism, we have been assured, will now force the US to lead a global coalition against this Islamic army of butchers.
Clearly Islamic State is not convinced. With the release of the Sotloff beheading video this week, it appears that Islamic State thinks its cinematographers will move the West in another direction – apathy.
Foley’s execution video ended with the preview of coming attractions for the Sotloff execution video.
And the Sotloff execution video ended with the preview of a British hostage’s execution video.
By releasing the films gradually, Islamic State is apparently trying to routinize beheadings. Its leaders are probably betting that by the seventh or eighth beheading video, we will greet the violence with a shrug of our shoulders.