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Steven Sotloff murdered by Isis

2 September 2014

A second beheading of an American hostage – with warnings that a British hostage could be next – brings a fresh round of condemnations of the barbarity of Isis. Steven Sotloff appears to have been killed by Isis, with his British-accented killer accusing Barack Obama of an ‘arrogant foreign policy’ and citing his ‘insistence on continuing your bombings’. David Cameron tonight said:

‘If verified, this is a despicable and barbaric murder. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sotloff’s family and friends tonight as they deal with this appalling and tragic situation.

‘As I have said consistently over the last few weeks, ISIL terrorists speak for no religion. They threaten Syrians, Iraqis, Americans and British people alike and make no distinction between Muslims, Christians or any other faith.

‘We have already been working hard to keep British people safe and we will continue to do all we can to protect our country and our people from these barbaric terrorists. Tomorrow morning I will chair a COBR meeting to review these latest developments.’

Two beheadings makes it more difficult for world leaders to stay as far away from this crisis as they possibly can. Isis may use barbaric, evil, shock-and-awe tactics to suggest they are bigger and more powerful than they are, but the truth is that until the poisonous ideology that carries them along isn’t just chased away but defeated, then they will continue to commit evil acts against journalists, religious minorities and anyone else who comes in the way of their hatred of freedom.

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This was another American citizen apparently beheaded by a Briton, with a British hostage the next in line. And that means pressure will only grow for a coherent strategy from both the United States and the UK towards the Middle East, where currently there isn’t one.

PS The video released today has nothing to contradict the belief of US intelligence officials believe that Sotloff may have been killed at the same time as Foley.


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  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Painfully obvious that the next world war is going to be between Islam and the West. Never put off to tomorrow savages you can waste today.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Deport all Muslims from UK. How’s that for a vote winner?

  • evad666

    Remember the Thugs from the UK have been radicalized under the auspices of
    Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

    The Prevent strategy:

    responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and
    aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote
    these views

    provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into
    terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support

    works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal
    justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of
    radicalisation that we need to deal with


    Well that worked out well again didn’t it?

  • Paul Weston

    When the Islamic State beheads Western journalists, does David Cameron think: “This “Has nothing to do with Islam”?? Of course it does, you useless bloody coward, and denying it in an attempt to be a voter friendly PC liberal is immoral, weak and wicked.

    Here’s the thing Dave, Muslims in Britain follow the teachings of Mohammed, a warlord, a supremacist, a lover of little girls and a be-header extraordinaire.

    I have no doubt that if Mohammed were alive today, he would be the leader of the Islamic State and he would be about to behead the British journalist David Haines. Cameron will be “shocked” again, when Mr Haines is murdered. Cameron will refer to the killers as barbaric terrorists, but Cameron will continue to allow people into the country who follow the religion of the Beheader-In-Chief to the letter.

    The problem is Islam Mr Cameron, and you had better wise up soon, because the Islamic crocodile can never, ever, be appeased.

  • zanzamander

    “‘As I have said consistently over the last few weeks, ISIL terrorists speak for no religion.”

    This from a man who is suppose to keep us safe!

  • Magnolia

    Isabel uses the phrase “poisonous ideology”.
    She should expand on that.
    Poisonous means capable of attacking enemies, causing death, extremely unpleasant and malicious.
    Ideology means a system of ideas and ideals that form the basis of economic or political theory.
    I do not think the use of the term ideology is correct in this instance but the use of the word poisonous is.
    We are dealing with evil. Let us call it what it is.

  • Alexsandr

    where are the moderate Muslims? Why are they not demonstrating in the streets of London saying ISIS/ISIL/IS, or whatever they are calling themselves this week, isn’t true Islam?

    Without that, saying ‘ISIL terrorists speak for no religion’ is just hot air.

    And anyone who talks of ‘the religion of peace’ is just inviting ridicule.

    • starfish

      Because they can have their cake and eat it
      Live here in perfect safety while their offspring rampage through the young females of northern towns and establish their cultural ghettoes or go off for a bit of light raping and pillaging in Iraq and their co-religionists suppress competing religions abroad
      And claim that it is nothing to do with them
      Which the lefties are quite keen to support

    • Luke Bandolino

      As a muslim leader once said: “Islam is a religion of peace! I will kill anyone who says it’s not so!”

  • anyfool

    Would that any journalist in the West after this latest topping of one of your own, at least have the decency to write the truth of this religious ideology.
    When can we expect a full and truthful column about the truth behind this religious ideological war, that Islam is waging on the West, here in the West, you do not need to go to the desert to get to the part that matters to us, go to the ghettos in all the big towns.

    • starfish

      Given the supine way the BBC acted in Gaza during the recent hostilities I doubt it

  • Sean Lamb

    Whats the bet that all three on the chopping block list have been moonlighting for intelligence on the side?

  • beenzrgud

    We know the source of this vile ideology, our leaders just don’t have the backbone to do anything about it. Roll on the day the oil runs out and the Arabs can go back to being a bunch of nobodies in the desert !

    • Alexsandr

      If we were to frack we could cut our dependancy on mid east oil. Whats not to like, secure energy and less money for the warmongers in the mid east.

  • Radford_NG

    The War of Jenkins Ear.
    In 1731,off Florida,the British brig `Rebecca`was boarded by a Spaniard and Captain Jenkins’ear was cut of .This was perceived as an insult to the honour of the nation and a clear casus belli.

    • starfish

      My thoughts exactly
      Before we start the War of Sotloff’s Head we need to think things through
      Do we have the gumption to do the really quite nasty things we need to do?
      I have no faith in the flim flam merchant and his fellow travellers

    • Trapnel

      Another example might be the court martial and subsequent execution of Admiral John Byng for failing to ‘do his utmost’ to prevent the loss of Minorca at the start of the Seven Years’ War. Is not Cameron and his sorry, incompetent Coalition one, long, similar preparation for failure?

  • ButcombeMan

    Where is Anthony Charles Lynton Blair.

    He would know what to do

    • telemachus

      ‘We have to liberate ourselves from the notion that “we” have caused this,’ the former Prime Minister wrote in an essay. ‘We haven’t.’
      Tony said failure to act now could lead to a terror attack in the UK

      • Colonel Mustard

        Tony has said many things including “A new day has dawned has it not”.

        It had. But not in a good way.

      • ButcombeMan

        Anthony Charles Lynton Blair has a sure place in history now, trial at den Haag or not.

        Labour should be deeply ashamed of Blair.

        • The Laughing Cavalier

          He can’t be tried, he wrote himself a letter of comfort before leaving office.

      • ButcombeMan

        I bet he wishes he really could liberate himself from the notion he caused it.

        I do hope he is having very sleepless nights about his place in history.

      • The Laughing Cavalier

        He would say that, wouldn’t he?

    • Bandmomma

      Probably nursing his hangover after the bash last night when he accepted his “philanthropist of the year” award! It would be bl**dy funny if it wasn’t so tragic…

  • Alexandrovich

    “As I have said consistently over the last few weeks, ISIL terrorists speak for no religion.”
    Why? Why does he do this? Why does he keep bloody doing this?

    • Rik

      Because he has a love affair with a long african river de nile.
      Am i alone in finding the media frenzy about a couple of journos getting chopped rather distasteful alongside mass execution of thousands of prisoners and the creation of millions of refugees,sense of proportion maybe??

      • zanzamander

        al BBC has already relegated this “story” (of the second beheading) to the back end of their half hourly news snippets on Radio 2.

        This is the “Law of diminishing returns”. We have got so used to this butchery that mass murders of thousands around the Islamic world does not even raise an eyebrow anymore.

    • telemachus

      Because the root cause here is a barbarian power crazed medieval cabal who know no God
      What you should criticise is his inaction
      “I will chair COBR”
      They need to be wiped out
      Oh for Tony Blair

      • wycombewanderer

        “Because the root cause here is a barbarian power crazed medieval cabal who know no God”
        That pretty much sums up the party you support!

        • telemachus

          Christianity was a matter of making over their lives to bring the greatest good to mankind

          Unfettered capitalism, the system under which we are now living, may be described as a way of life in which, “One soweth, and another reapeth”
          Say to the wealthy few who own the levers Jesus said to his disciples: “you…reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor”
          The fruits of the City Jamaica can be seen even by the blind; they are poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, crime, greed, and disease. Could the kind and loving Jesus have wanted us to live like this?

          The Labour part can be the only way forward

          • Colonel Mustard

            So what “fetters” have the coalition removed from the capitalism that Gordon Brown embraced on behalf of the Labour party from 1997 to 2010?

            And what “fetters” does the re-invented Labour party now propose to impose?

      • Colonel Mustard

        “a barbarian power crazed medieval cabal” whose leader you asked us to give a fair hearing to and compared favourably to George Bush.

        Lets never forget that.

      • The Laughing Cavalier

        Do you mean the Blair who helped to stir up this hornets nest?

    • Paul Weston

      Alexandrovitch, the reason is very simple. Any politician who acknowledges Islam is a terrible threat, places himself in a very difficult position. Having admitted the reality of Islam, one then has to actually DO something about it.

      And doing something about it means clamping down massively on British Muslims, who now number 3-4 million,the majority of them young and capable of violence.

      No politician, including the otherwise admirable Nigel Farage, wants this level of potential carnage on their watch, so they will ignore it and thereby off-load the problem onto the shoulders of our children and grandchildren.

      The chief evil in this, is that there may well then be an equal number of young Muslim males compared to young native males, and it could be a war our children will lose.

    • John Dalton

      Because he’s scared. And he has no answers. They’re all scared and in denial – every single one of the left-leaning metropolitan bubble-dwellers who have forced this terrible situation upon us – the weakeneing and fragmentation of our country by enforced I*lamification, mult*culturalism and diversity.

      We’ve imported millions of these people into our country and let them push their insidious agenda at every level without the slightest opposition. This, combined with their sky high birth-rate, has led to almost total displacement of the indigenous population in vast swathes of our cities.

      As the anger grows, our politicians and their media lackeys will do anything to kick the problem into the long grass, attacking their own people and accusing them of r*cism, in many instances ruining their lives, in order to prevent the terrible truth of what they’ve done get out.

      Now we have the lives of thousands of our youngsters ruined, sacrificed on the altar of political correctness, no go areas like Tower Hamlets,

      • Ordinaryman

        The longer it goes on before that pent up fury is unleashed, the more those that brought us to this point will feel the backlash. Hopefully, leading to the complete eradication of the ‘left-leaning, metropolitan bubble-dwellers” that currently control our lives. When will these people realise that back to the nation state is the way of the future, if there’s to be any hope of a peaceful society. Only those who are naive, stupid, blinded with ideology or have a vested interest could possibly believe that every person in the world thinks in the same manner, reacts in the same manner and wants the same things in life. A nation state evolves over time, very often violently, to give its people the type of life they want. It is built on its history, culture, its way of life and the character of the people. It is completely wrong to have an alien culture forced upon the indigenous peoples of a nation state, but that is what is happening in this country, albeit in localised areas at the moment, and it must stop now before it gets out of hand (if it hasn’t already done so).

  • The Masked Marvel

    Hang on, we’ve ended Bush and Blair’s wars and removed our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. We were told that was the root cause of their hatred. There are no British troops in Muslims lands, just like Anjem Choudray and the BBC wanted. What’s happened? Can the anti-war crowd go and explain it to them, please? It’s all very confusing.

    I shall now head back to my dark room and chant: Nothing to do with us….nothing to do with us….nothing to do with us….

    • telemachus

      It is to do with us
      Weak yellow bellied Cameron and Obama pulled out and let these Al Qaeda morphs go rampant
      The threatened next death of a Brit will be blood on Cameron’s hands

      • Alexsandr

        nothing to do with blair and bush and their lack of a strategy in iraq for after deposing saddam then?
        Failure to ‘win the peace’ and instead allowing Iraq to descend into anarachy is what the west is culpable of. And that was Blair and his henchmen.

      • The Masked Marvel

        I see my sarcasm tags didn’t take.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    Rather than wasting time worrying about one media muppet who was extremely stupid, and made the fatal mistake of wading in amongst islamofascist murderers right in their murderous playground, wouldn’t it be better to concern oneself with the child s e x slavers at home, and their ongoing child s e x slavery crimes, in Rotherham and throughout the country?

    You know, a proven threat that is destroying many thousands of lives, right at home, and is victimizing the most vulnerable of society?

    Wouldn’t that make more sense, lass, rather than carrying water for a bunch of bubble poshboys, who don’t care if thousands of innocents are brutally violated, as long as they and their friends can cash in?

    • telemachus

      You, sir, should wash your mouth out
      This action of ISIL, as the action of the Rotherham criminals BOTH require the kind of decisive action we would expect from Tony Blair

      • Colonel Mustard

        You repudiated Blair here even though you voted for him three times. And you told us to give ISIL’s leader a fair hearing.

      • Alexsandr

        its all Balirs fault in the first plave. It was his gov that encouraged mass immigration, called anyone who questioned it ‘racist’, and filled the public services with common purpose PC types who abjectly failed to look at criminality amongst those immigrants -because that would be racist.
        The whole policy is falling apart now and we must blame the 1997-2010Labour government for it.

      • Harold Angryperson

        You were disowning Blair a few threads ago, you firking troll.

        Pierce off.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        The Rotherham child s e x slavers are the creation of you socialist nutters, laddie.

    • Damaris Tighe

      Police are too busy hunting down loving parents with EAWs – amazing how the full majesty of the law descends on them but not on child s e x slavers & returning jihadis.

  • starfish

    Good luck with getting coherent policy from dave and obama

    • Blindsideflanker

      Obama is going to dispatch them on wards to the arms of the 21 virgins, with some bombing.

      Cameron is bombing them with aid.

      • Alexsandr

        or 21 raisins…

    • telemachus

      Cameron will be having coffee this morning with his chums in COBR


      Leaders of the congressional intelligence committees urged the White House on Monday to develop a comprehensive strategy to crush the ISIL terrorist group in order to prevent an attack on US soil
      Parliament is back
      If Cameron is too supine to act Parliament must take a lead
      Or bring Tony back

      • Alexsandr

        yes. lets nuke ISIS. that will help.

      • flydlbee

        Let’s nuke Tony – he is the rooy cause of most of this.

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