What to do about ISIS?




A video depicting any slaying, particularly of a kidnapped civilian, would be “dramatic” but the alarming beheading videos of two U.S. journalists by terror group ISIS seem to reach for a grander display: the overtly theatrical.

The stark video of the purported beheading of kidnapped U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, released Tuesday, is another planned performance directed and produced to seize the attention of a broad Western audience.

Although the subject matter is desperately gruesome, the video comes precisely two weeks after a similar video showing the death of another kidnapped U.S. journalist, James Foley. Both executions seem to demonstrate a calculated move toward Hollywood movie-style messaging.



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