Mueller’s dad blames U.S. policy for his daughter Kayla’s death. The family of Kayla Mueller blames the United States policy not to negotiate or pay ransom to terrorists for his daughter’s death. In an interview to be aired on Monday’s NBC Today show, Carl Mueller says that Obama should not have put policy ahead of his daughter’s life. Further, he hopes that the United States will change its policy on negotiating with terrorists and paying ransoms. Speaking as a parent, he announced that many others would want “anything and everything” done to bring their child home. Mueller’s wife Marsha concurred, stating that she believes the government hoped to do everything possible to get their daughter back. She also concludes that no one believed how powerful ISIS would be.
Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war and Arizona resident, felt bad that despite all of his connections in the Middle East, he was not able to secure Mueller’s release. Despite his sorrow, he agrees that the United States should never pay a ransom to terrorists. Ransom payments are the prime source of income for terrorist group. Mueller was the last U.S. hostage held by ISIS. Three other hostages, Steve Sotloff, Peter Kassig and James Foley were beheaded by the terrorist group. At the time of Foley’s death, the GlobalPost, his employer, stated that ISIS demanded $132 million for his release.
Kayla Mueller died in an airstrike on the Syrian camp where she was imprisoned. She was captured August 2013 after leaving a Spanish Doctors Without Borders hospital. Her Syrian boyfriend Omar Alkani pleaded for her life, but was imprisoned for two months in turn. He planned to pull off a ploy to pretend that the two were married, but Mueller knew nothing of it. That may have spared her life, but the rouse did not work. Mueller’s dad blames U.S. policy for his daughter’s death, but Mueller clearly expressed that she did not want any negotiations for her release. She hoped that other options could be used to free her. At one time, a prisoner exchange was in place to switch out Mueller for jailed Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui, but it fell apart when additional hostages were killed.
Residents of her small town of Prescott, Arizona held memorials in which they honored her life’s work. Her brother Eric encouraged participants, who lit candles in her memory, to live as she lived. Starting from high school, Mueller dedicated herself to humanitarianism, raising awareness of the plight of others in developing war-torn countries. She felt a particular affinity for the Syrians and spent her time in the northern town of Aleppo helping those displaced by the war. The family did not speak to journalists during the candle-lit vigil for the 26-year old aid worker.
The plight of the Syrians touched Kayla, and seems to strike a chord with other women as well. In fact, three young teens left their homes in London, to help the Syrian people. They were coerced by Aqsa Mahmoud, a Scottish resident, to come to their aid. She had already traveled to Syria to be a “jihadi bride” and seems to have recruited teens Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultani, to do the same. The three girls flew to Turkey on the way to Syria. Their parents are begging that they return home to them. Mueller’s dad blames US policy for his daughter’s death, but parents need to instruct their children of the dangers of ISIS.
By Danielle Branch
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