The world got a little greyer yesterday as we watched and read news reports about the two American journalists, Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff, beheaded by the hands of ISIS militants. NBC News reported today that the White House said the second beheading “video does appear to be genuine.” President Obama said, “Americans are repulsed by their barbarism, 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, and those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn we will not forget and that our reach is long and justice will be served.” Obama isn’t alone, just today Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott said, “It’s abundantly justified,” that Australia's military intervene in Iraq.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Australian Parliament is strongly believe that they not sit back and do nothing while terrorist kill innocent people. They said they are prepared if Washington requests for a larger military force, Australia will be ready. Prime Minister Abbott believes that before anything is concrete, that there are serious consequences to weigh, “but doing nothing involves risks and consequences too.” Back in America, Vice President, Joe Biden has a little bit harsher stance.
Biden gave a speech today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and vehemently vowed to follow ISIS, “to the gates of hell, until they are brought to justice.” After the second beheading of a U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, Obama has also vowed to not let videos like these intimidate America, and will join forces with allies to bring those who are guilty to justice. Looks like Australia has made it pretty clear there is not a question of doubt they are joining the U.S. to end the evil terrorist acts by ISIS.