Peter Kassig beheading: Academics ‘prove’ executions do not help terror groups achieve aims
International Business Times - 11/17/2014
As the world reels from the brutal execution of aid worker Peter Kassig by knife-wielding Isis (Islamic State) militants, academics claim they have uncovered proof that executing hostages does not help terror groups achieve their aims.
Max Abrahms of Northeastern University and Matthew S Gottfried of UCLA argue that an analysis of thousands of hostage situations involving terrorist groups shows that the execution of hostages is counterproductive.
“Escalating [by committing violence] against the captives is consistently the worst tactical option, particularly when civilians are the target of pressure,” the authors write.