These two young men were doing their best to keep us informed. They knew the danger and no amount of money could ever pay them enough for the service, yes service, they performed in reporting events that impact us and so should cause us to act. Although they wore no uniforms, I thank them for their service.
They were executed for revealing the truth. They are not alone. Michael Hastings ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hastings_(journalist ) ) was a journalist as well. “Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans”, was published by BuzzFeed on June 7. That was to be his last article. His Mercedes, which contained electric throttle, electrically assisted brakes, and electrically assisted steering crashed into a tree in a quiet neighborhood in Los Angeles and burst into flames on June 18, 2013. The control systems on his car were computer controlled and subject to cyber attack from a distance.
Gary Webb ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Webb ) was another journalist who met an untimely death. He had made connections between the CIA and Nicaraguan Contras and the crack cocaine epidemic in U.S. cities. His last story was The Killing Game, about video games being used as recruiting tools by the military. That same year, 2004, he was found dead with two gunshot wounds to the back of his head. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.
Journalists are sometimes not well liked. Islamic State is not alone in their gruesome way of dealing with troublesome individuals. Our ally, Saudi Arabia, has beheaded 23 people this year. Four of them for trafficking in hashish and one of them for practicing sorcery.