This epitomizes how out of touch and frankly stupid the State Department’s Think Again, Turn Away program really is. State Department analysts continue to misdiagnose the problem of the global jihad and apply solutions that only make it worse — and since the mainstream media is just as clueless and compromised, these failed analysts are never called to account for their failed policies.
“State Dept. Wishes ‘RIP’ to Living Captives of Terrorists,” by Jeryl Bier, The Weekly Standard, January 6, 2015 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
The year began on a rough note for the U.S. State Department’s Think Again, Turn Away anti-terror program. On January 1, the State Department used the program’s official Twitter account to tweet a photo collage accompanied by the message, “Entering 2015, taking time to honor some of terror’s many victims of 2014 and their families – RIP.” However, none of the individuals appearing in the photos are believed to be dead, but rather held captive by terrorists.
The tweet, since deleted, appeared as follows, and is archived here:
The photo collage was part of a feature on December 17 on Al Arabiya New’s English website entitled “Remembering 2014’s captives still held by extremists.” Per the caption on the photo that accompanied the article, those included in the collage (a collection of Reuters, AFP, and YouTube images) are (clockwise from top left): Nigerian school girls, a captive Lebanese soldier’s mother, American journalist Austin Tice, British journalist John Cantlie, and Yazidi women and children….