TELLIN, ESTONIA – President Obama is in Estonia, in eastern Europe, over by Russia.
It’s where NATO is meeting. One item high on the agenda is the death of Steven Sotloff, the second American murdered in recent weeks by gangsters of the Islamic State, or ISIS.
The president said Americans are “repulsed” by what happened. “We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists.”
That’s the politically correct version, unlike the Pulp Fiction version: “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger.”
One of President Obama’s responses is to send another 350 US troops to Iraq to serve as advisors in the fight against ISIS and to protect US assets.
But, getting back to the murder of Steven Sotloff. There’s word now that an ISIS affiliate posted the video on Twitter without permission, believing that it was ready for distribution.
And that led to one of the stranger aspects of this story: an apology from ISIS.
“We tried to remove the video after we understood that this was published by mistake,” ISIS said, concluding with, “we are sorry to the followers of the Islamic State.”
In the American workplace, the phrase might be: “heads will roll”.
But with ISIS, that phrase takes on a whole other meaning.