Wednesday we mourned the death of American hostage, Kayla Jean Mueller. 26-year-old Kayla spent most of her time volunteering. Since obtaining her graduate degree, Kayla has volunteered in India, Israel and the Palestine Territories. In December 2012, Kayla joined Support to Life and the Danish Refugee Council at the Turkey-Syria border to help refugees displaced by the Syrian civil war.
Kayla Jean Mueller was not the only American to give her life for her country. Every day, American aids workers, journalists, and our strong band of united military forces enter the Middle Eastern countries by choice. Even in the face of danger, they are there willing to help whomever they are able. Today, we give honor to those who gave their lives as we remember the others who were so gruesomely murdered in front of all the world.
American journalist, James Foley’s beheading was recorded and posted on YouTube. Before being executed James delivered a speech blaming the U.S. for his killing and wishing he was not an American. James’ family is very proud of him and his accomplishments. James wanted the world to know how the Syrian’s suffered. James was on assignment in Syria for GlobalPost. He was kidnapped in November 2012. His boss was quoted as saying that Foley was a fearless and experienced journalist who deeply believed in reporting from the front lines.
Steven Sotloff was with his fixer, wishing him a happy birthday when the two were ambushed by 15 masked ISIS gunmen and taken captive. Abobaker, Sotloff and three armed guards were abducted by ISIS fighters, August 2013. September 2, 2014, Sotloff was beheaded. He was the second American captive to be beheaded on video. Steven Sotloff was 32 when he died. Sotloff was a freelance journalist. He wrote articles for Time, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor and the World Affairs Journal. He had also reported from Egypt, Libya and Syria, just to name a few locations. Sotloff is a self-described, “stand-up philosopher from Miami.”
Peter Kassig was a 26-year-old former Army Ranger from Indiana. He was the fifth westerner ISIS recorded killing. He did not speak before he was beheaded, not to his captors and not for his captors. He knelt in silence, on November 16, 2014. Kassig’s executioner said in his place, “doesn’t have much to say.” In 2006, Kassig became an Army Ranger, serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Iraq in 2007. Rangers are the “elite band of soldiers” the Army calls on to be “its premiere direct – action raid force.”
Peter Kassig may have been volunteering as an aid but he knew and fully understood what he was taking on as said in the Ranger’s Creed:
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully
knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will
always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and
high esprit de corps of the Rangers…
On June 29, 2014 al-Baghdadi became the self-declared authority over all the Muslims in the world, an estimate of 1.5 billion. America is 320, 323,207 strong, together and united to bring down ISIS, the right way, the way it should be done.
By Jeanette Smith
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