The latest terrorist murder of an innocent by ISIS has come as the U.S. government has been forced to send representatives to TV news shows to deny it had threatened families of hostages to stop them from raising ransom money.
The representatives of the administration of President Barack Obama say they merely warned the families that it was against the law.
The administration’s efforts makes it seem even more likely that the terrorists had sought ransom money.
If so, why not give it to them. Nothing corrupts more than money, and giving them millions likely would destroy them from the inside.
CNN dutifully reports that the paying of ransom leads to more kidnappings and more ransoms.
The New York Times says the paying of ransoms, mostly by France, has resulted in the payment of $125 million since 2008 to al Qaeda and others seeking to brand themselves as promoters of true Islam.
This should be what the West is telling the world on social media. It is a message that would destroy any credibility the terrorists had.
The one thing ISIS and the others cannot function without is money. Letting the world know the truth about them might be more powerful than a dozen JDAM “smart bombs.”
Shower them with dollars and Euros. It is easy to make fun of the French, but they have retained their ties with their former colonies, including in Muslim North Africa. They found in Algeria that even the toughest special forces units and most brutal tactics only served to strengthen their enemies.
The one thing no one can compete with the West in doing is selling and branding. It played a major role in bringing down the Berlin Wall.
There could even be a ransom channel. Money would be raised, and lives would be saved. For once money would be doing good, at least for awhile.
No need to wait for eternity to have those dozens of virgins in tree-lined gardens. And it needn’t be just on the Internet, and no need to chat only with Russian girls.
If only Robin Williams was here to do a movie. Good Morning Syria.