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´They Knew the Dangers, But
Believed the Story Had to Be Told´

Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar

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Posted By:mitzi, 9/3/2014 9:37:58 AM

Close friend of two murdered journalists Sotloff and Foley says US should pay ransoms to free hostages. Filmmaker Matthew VanDyke, a close friend of the two US journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley who were recently brutally beheaded by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists in Syria, has said both were committed to their work despite the dangers. "Both of them were fully aware of the dangers but they believed that the story needed to be told and they weren´t going to let the risks stop them. ...They took precautions and unfortunately even if you do everything right, sometimes in


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pinger, 9/3/2014 9:41:43 AM     (No. 9991681)

How naive can this author be? How did someone with so little logic survive to adulthood?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Emerson, 9/3/2014 9:48:22 AM     (No. 9991690)

VanDyke is running around to news outlets and appearing to talk about his friends Foley and Sotloff "so they won´t be forgotten".

It is not his business to tell the United States it should pay ransom. He has clearly not thought that through. The payment of ransom insures that the kidnappings will continue, probably accelerate. This would turn kidnapping into a terrorist fundraiser.

I am enough of a cynic that I wonder when these "friends" turn up in serial appearances. It seems an attempt at self-enhancement as the conversation always turns to them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mamafrog, 9/3/2014 10:03:35 AM     (No. 9991715)

Travel restrictions and guidance exist for a reason. I have very little sympathy for tourists or independent reporters in war zones.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 9/3/2014 10:19:21 AM     (No. 9991734)

Arrange for your own ransom BEFORE heading there. You think the story is so important, and maybe it is - but willingly putting yourself into known, extreme danger does not obligate your home country. Perhaps the publisher you write for should keep something aside on your behalf. Or stay in safer territory and write about the bloody bastids who would do the horrific barbarities they so enjoy. Those guys aren´t getting near enough criticism of who they are and what they do.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: skedaddle, 9/3/2014 10:19:49 AM     (No. 9991735)

Why would a Jewish man with dual US-Iraeli citizenship think he could get out of the middle-east alive? I´m surprised he lasted a day. VanDyke should lecture Israel about paying ransoms and see where he gets.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 9/3/2014 11:31:24 AM     (No. 9991851)

Their employers should pay ransom if they choose. The government paying ransoms will just escalate the kidnappings and put every non Muslim at risk. Don´t set a precedent!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Simpleman, 9/3/2014 11:42:41 AM     (No. 9991867)

....useful idiots travels broad as messengers from the U.S. that they represent not the U.S. but a higher, more enlightened approach. These "coexist" journalists entered a snake pit to further their personal agenda...and got bit

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 9/3/2014 12:00:07 PM     (No. 9991893)

"The killings of these two journalists who were simply doing their jobs, should be a wake up call to the United States and to Europe to deal with this threat and to deal with it with virtually no limitation, short of boots on the ground,"

This is one of the dumbest statements that I have ever heard. To solve a problem like ISIS, you need to go all out. Anything short of complete eradication will result in failure.

This guy´s logic is why the Mafia prospered for decades and still does, why you have a whole group of squirrels gather around you when you feed one.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 9/3/2014 12:36:45 PM     (No. 9991955)

The news companies should start withholding about $1000 a month from ´´journalists´´ paychecks to be used towards their ransoms if they are captured.

But that´s not the liberal way...´´Use someone else´s money.´´

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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/3/2014 12:48:24 PM     (No. 9991989)

We don´t blame men who have been beheaded, OK?

But we know that there are persons - usually men - who feel a need to live on the edge. Whether they race cars, dive deep in the ocean, freefall from the sky, scale dangerous cliffs, go alone to war zones (or with minders of questionable reliability). They will do it.

Those who say that they should not be ransomed are correct. But no one should. It encourages kidnappers to do the same again.

The price paid for Bowe Bergdahl was far too high. He voluntarily, with forethought, walked away from relative protection from his unit into a world he should have had every reason to know was hostile. Unfortunately his ransom appears to have been part of Obama´´s learning curve. A teachable moment that cost us and the world far too much.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: harper, 9/3/2014 4:50:37 PM     (No. 9992370)

If Democrats want to pay ransom to save other Democrats from an ISIS haircut, that´s fine, but the money should come from the DNC, NYT, letter networks and other Dem organs, not from tax coffers.

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