Is the pursuit of war stories worth one's life? The zeal of these harmless newsmen chasing the latest developments in war fronts is amazing, they forget the perils of being abducted or killed along with the soldiers or combatants they are currently attached. It is with blood curdling disbelief that Islamic militants of the ISIS cut-off the head of James Foley, whom was captured by Islamists had captured in 2012 covering the war between government troops and Islamic rebels in Northern Syria. No, I did not watch the video of James Foley decapitated, but I have seen the execution of Daniel Pearl who worked for the Wall Street Journal.
The ISIS or Islamic State State of Iraq and al-Sham has obtained a needed publicity for their barbarous attacks and forced conversions on non-Islamic and unarmed peaceful people like the Yazidis of Sinjar (Read Daily Mail0of Northern Iraq. Its blessing of acts perpetrated by radicals ony serves to incite Islams to wage war against the non-Muslim world. Its aims of establishment of an Islamic state by force should be an eye opener to the world. It should not be allowed to prosper and move unchecked.
The United Nations , the Pope, the Imams of peace loving Muslims should publicly issue their stand on religious tolerance and human rights. After all, Muhammad had in his lifetime taught:
In pre-Islamic Arabia, upon capture, those captives not executed, were made to beg for their subsistence. During his life, Muhammad changed this custom and made it the responsibility of the Islamic government to provide food and clothing, on a reasonable basis, to captives, regardless of their religion. If the prisoners were in the custody of a person, then the responsibility was on the individual.
Yes those are the prophet Muhammad's teachings, before Islam conquered the Middle East. Here are his changed teachings after Muhammad obtained believers.
.... but if they desist [conversion], then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)"
The above passage shows that Islamists are for forced violent conversion to their faith.
It seems also that ISIS is asking for huge ransoms to finance its nefarious terrorism and barbarous acts. We can only suggest the following:
Advice to reporters and non-Muslim foreigners especially the poor Filipino OFWs. : Get out of IRAQ, Syria, Turkey and Libya. You are safer in Israel.
1. Daniel Pearl wikipedia article
2. CNN: The captors of American journalist James Foley originally demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million)