Thanks to Drudge for the links:
Daniel Halper posted today on The Blog at The Weekly Standard. The subject of the brief entry was that the White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, “appeared” to “slip up” in his response to an ABC News anchor’s recent question. The query was, roughly paraphrased here, is there any news on the American woman being held hostage by ISIS, presumably somewhere in the Middle Eastern war zone? During his answer, McDonough revealed the first name of the woman. Her name has been removed from the Halper post by The Weekly Standard. There’s no info in the piece about the hostage’s purpose for being in the war zone when she was captured.
Elsewhere, with thanks to AP News’ My Way, we can read about how shocked the Japanese people are over the recent beheading of “adventurer” Haruna Yukawa, who was captured last year by apparent Muslim forces in Syria:
TOKYO (AP) — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.
With attention focused on efforts to save the other hostage, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive for a more assertive Japan as responsible for the hostage crisis.
This is incredible. The more conciliatory and accommodating the civilized world becomes toward the savagery of Islam, the more violent and bold become their soldiers. Conciliatory gestures will absolutely be our undoing. Charles Martel did not save France from the invading Muslim army in 732 A.D. by offering peace overtures. Vienna (or all of Europe, for that matter) was not saved in 1683 from the Ottoman siege by hand-wringing and pleas for mercy. What has happened to free men?
A somber Abe appeared on public broadcaster NHK early Sunday demanding the militants release 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto unharmed. He said the video was likely authentic, although he added that the government was still reviewing it. He offered condolences to the family and friends of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer taken hostage in Syria last year.
Abe declined to comment on the message in the video, which demanded a prisoner exchange for Goto. He said only that the government was still working on the situation and reiterated that Japan condemns terrorism…
Ah, yes. Don’t we all condemn terrorism in the strongest terms? But we have yet to identify and condemn the doctrine which underpins and commands the jihadi terrorism. That’s just not polite. They might kill us if we do that.
All of which brings me to my point today. With no disrespect for the deceased hostages who suffered such unthinkable agony in their last moments of life, including NYT reporter Daniel Pearl (pictured above by TheGatewayPundit.com), why were they even over there in the war zone? Look at what happened to CBS reporter Lara Logan.
Forgive me for speaking the truth: An Infidel journalist looking for a scoop in the World of Islam is on a fool’s mission. I’m truly sorry. What happened to these poor people and to their grieving families is horrible.
But they should not have been over there.
Islam is Islam. The Quran says what it says. A good Muslim believes that every word within it and every command issued therefrom is the final, unquestionable, absolute word of God. And nothing we in the West can do or say is ever going to change any of that.
So, why do we still have Americans in the war zone as easy targets for the jihadis to kidnap and kill?