The Islamic State’s widely publicized beheadings of American journalist Peter Foley, American aid worker Peter Kassig and others Americans are designed by the Islamic State for the greatest shock value.
The sheer gore of the now-too-common beheading videos was a highly-calculated propaganda tool by the terror group. Designed to evoke both paralyzing fear as well as dissuade those who may think of opposing the group, the beheadings seem to have served their purpose.
Western leaders, imagining their own soldiers captured and in a similar position, are loathe to send them to such a potential fate, which means politically and militarily their hands are tied. . .