“We take care of those who are grieving, and when that’s finished, they should know, we will follow them to the gates of Hell until they are brought to justice, because hell is where they will reside. Hell is where they will reside!” he said.
Biden noted that while America is still grieving over the death of James Foley, a New Hampshire native who was killed in the same manner by the terrorist group, “the American people are so much stronger” and “more resolved than any enemy can fully understand.”
In a videotape released by ISIS, Foley, also a journalist, was forced to read a message saying his real killer was America. He disappeared in 2012 in Syria near the border with Turkey. Sotloft was also kidnapped on the Syrian-Turkish border in 2013.
“When these barbarians replicated with Steven what they did with Foley, who is from New Hampshire, they somehow think that it’s going to lessen U.S. resolve, frighten us, intimidate us, but if they think the American people will be intimidated, they don’t know us very well,” said Biden.
America rebounded from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and killed al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, Biden said, and “came back Boston strong,” a reference to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds more.
“We came back after 9/11. We dusted ourselves off, and we made sure that Osama bin Laden would never, ever again threaten the American people. We came back Boston strong, blaming no one, but resolved to be certain that this didn’t happen again,” Biden said.
“As a nation, we’re united, and when people harm Americans, we don’t retreat, we don’t forget,” the vice president said. “We take care of those who are grieving, and when that’s finished, they should know, we will follow them to the gates of Hell until they are brought to justice, because hell is where they will reside. Hell is where they will reside!”