Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Barbaric ISIS Terrorists' Gruesome Beheading of U.S. Journalist James Foley!

“We will drown all of you in blood.”--ISIS Terrorists' message to America
 --American journalist James Foley was abducted on November 22, 2012 in Syria.  He had been in captivity for 22 months.  ISIS terrorists posted a video yesterday of Foley's beheading.

--40 year old James Foley was from New Hampshire, he was a freelance photo journalist.  He was covering the civil war in Syria when he was abducted in 2012.

--His mother, Diane posted a message on facebook:
We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.

We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.

We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.

--This wasn't the first time Foley had been abducted by terrorists. In 2011, he was kidnapped in Libya.

--This is a stark reminder that one can never negotiate with terrorists.

--The beheading video also had a message:
In the video, the bloodthirsty jihadist group — which invaded Iraq from Syria and now controls a large swath in the northwest part of Iraq — called out President Obama for authorizing air strikes to stop its expansion and desire for genocide.
After killing the handcuffed Foley, a cloaked terrorist left the victim’s head on the small of his back. The menacing executioner, dressed head-to-toe in black, had a chilling message for Obama.
Grabbing another captured U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, 31, of Miami, a contributor for Time magazine, the killer stared into the camera and vowed in what sounded like a British accent, “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”
Photo Hat Tip: Human Events

--Many journalists have sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of the truth:
Foley is one of more than 40 journalists who have been killed while working in Syria since March 2011, according to Reporters Without Borders, which named the country the world’s most dangerous for journalists.

More than 178 journalists in the country have been imprisoned, including Sotloff, who went missing in August 2013.
--Obama took a short break from his vacation to give a response.

--U.S. Tried to Rescue Hostages in Syria but Failed:
Many experts believe that Foley and other foreigners were being held in northern Syria, large parts of which were overrun in 2013 by the Islamic State. The al-Qaida spinoff established its headquarters in Raqqa, the provincial capital of a Syrian province of the same name, and used it as a springboard for the lightning offensive it launched in Iraq in June.
--Foley's father John had this to say:
“It haunts me, how much pain he was in and how cruel this method of execution is,” his father said. “He was courageous to the end. ... We believe he was a martyr for freedom.”

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