“A second message to America” is how the jihadists of the self-styled Islamic State titled their video of the beheading of Steven Sotloff—the second American reporter to be pitilessly murdered for simply doing his job, and doing it well and with compassion. As with the barbaric slaughter of James Foley two weeks ago, a masked jihadist, apparently British, wields the knife and before doing so, says, “Obama, I am back,” suggesting the killer may well be the same man.

The two-minute video underlines not only the barbarity of the ISIS jihadists but their skillful manipulation of the media—thanks in part to self-censorship meant to protect hostages and blunt ISIS’s message. [Read more]

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