We need to learn to exhaust every diplomatic option first, before we engage in stronger methods that could cost the lives of servicemen, those hostages, or even those who would call us enemy. This would be one of those diplomatic options. From what I understand sanctions would send a stronger message; however, why not try a "softer" message first? As a private citizen, I will depend on the wisdom of our intelligence community moving forward. I just don't want us engaging in violence, if it can prevented.