Obama Reacts to Second Beheading Video Released by ISIS: 'They Have Already Failed'
President Obama confirmed that the beheading video of American journalist Steven Sotloff was authentic during a press conference in Estonia and offered his condolences to the family.
Obama added that the prayers of the American people were with the family of Sotloff and that he was “appalled by the news,” calling it a “horrific act of violence.”
The Islamic State terrorists that killed Sotloff, he insisted, had failed.
“Whatever these murderers think they’ll achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven they have already failed,” he said, pointing out that the world was “repulsed by their barbarism.”
Americans, he added, “will not be intimidated,” adding that their evil actions “only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve.”
Obama contrasted the actions of the terrorists with the noble actions of Sotloff who dedicated his life to journalism in conflict areas.
“They make the absurd claim that they kill in the name of religion, but it was Steven, his friends say, that deeply loved the Islamic world,” he said.
Obama added that the terrorists who attacked Americans would learn that “we will not forget, and that our reach is long, and that justice will be served.”