'A martyr for freedom'

Photojournalist's beheading horrifying, but empowering for free world

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Photojournalist James Foley pointed his camera at evil to show the free world the terror and suffering spread by Islamist radicals.

This week, evil pointed a camera back at him.

But if the barbarians who call themselves the Islamic State thought beheading the 40-year-old freelancer in northwest Syria would make the West cower and recoil, they thought wrong.

On the contrary, the disgusting and widely broadcast atrocity is bound to strengthen the resolve of free people to rid the world of this brutal regime that has slaughtered thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.

President Obama, who has sent in ground forces and ordered air strikes, on Wednesday said the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, is a “cancer” that must be stopped.

“Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers. Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages, killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence,” the president said during a brief news conference at Martha’s Vineyard.

The international police agency Interpol said Thursday it wants a globally coordinated push to stem the tide of international fighters joining the Islamic State group that has swallowed up territory across Iraq and Syria.

European nations, home to thousands of Islamist radicals living among its 20-plus-million Muslim residents, are waking up to the threat of the group that has claimed large chunks of the northern part of the Mideast.

“It’s not simply a terrorist group like those, alas, we have already known – dispersed, scattered, with several chiefs. This is a terrorist enterprise that has decided to enslave, annihilate, destroy,” French President Francois Hollande said Thursday.

Britain has ordered Royal Air Force reconnaissance patrols in Iraq and has indicated willingness to arm Kurdish troops fighting the Sunni insurgents.

Germany, too, has said it will arm the Kurds. Though it had been considering the aid for weeks, it was the Foley video that played a role in the final decision because it “shows the barbaric and completely merciless murder of a human being,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

Foley, who went missing in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012, fearlessly documented the suffering and terror while reporting from countries such as Libya and Afghanistan. The teacher-turned-photojournalist was one of two reporters kidnapped and held for 44 days by Moammar Gadhafi’s loyalists during the 2011 Libyan civil war.

Like many of those oppressed and murdered by the Islamic State, Foley was a Christian. In interviews after that release, the devout Catholic said he turned to his faith to maintain hope, often reciting the rosary by touching his knuckles to keep track of the sets of prayers.

Foley’s parents, speaking to reporters in front of their New Hampshire home, said their son was motivated to return to Syria to document the conflict there and the suffering of ordinary Syrians.

“He was not crazy. He was
motivated by doing the right thing,” John Foley said. “We believe he was a martyr for freedom.”

Without realizing it, radical Islam may have given the free world a new rallying point.

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ymnbde
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ymnbde 08/22/14 - 05:55 am
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but aren't all cultures equal?

isn't that what they say down at the college faculty lounge? Will a muslim write a letter condemning this or do they reserve their anger for cartoons? How rotten can a culture be to cause something like this?

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hoptoad 08/22/14 - 07:06 am
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This prez's feel good

This prez's feel good diplomacy, equal treatment to all countries, bashing of America, and lead-from-behind strategy has done nothing but encourage this behavior.

This man doesn't have, never had and never will have an understanding of foreign policy or how to manage anything other than a block party. He blindly makes decisions that do nothing but inflame situations.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/22/14 - 08:42 am
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I lay this at the feet of Barack Obama...

I lay this at the feet of Barack Obama.

This group was once known as "Al Quedea in Iraq" which morphed into ISIS when it moved into Syria because it had failed in Iraq as a result of our actions.

A few months ago it was a rag tag outfit of about 1500 that was nearly broke. It began moving out of Syria through the dessert toward Iraq, conquering and killing as it went. At this time they were in the wide open dessert and could have been decimated by air strikes but Obama dilly dallied as he did with his "red line in the sand".

As they were allowed by Obama to continue winning territory with no resistance by the Iraqi Army because the president there had purged the military of all the leaders we had trained from battalion through division levels with his untrained cronies.

The soldiers had no confidence in their leaders and they fled. This would not have happened if we had left the 10,000 President Bush wanted to be the glue to keep it together as we did in Germany and Korea.

Now, ISIS is about 14,000 strong, equipped with massive amounts of American weapons, over 2 billion dollars, has control over seven oil fields and number of oil refineries. They are selling oil on the black market for around $25 a barrel versus the $90-$100 per barrel on the open market.

The thing is they have declared war on us and beheaded Americans and going to do it again. What does Obama do? He treats it as a bank robbery and is sending the FBI after them. Less FBI agents than he sent to Fergurson, MO.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/22/14 - 08:55 am
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This "junior varsity" as Obama called them...

This "junior varsity" as Obama called them has a goal of taking over Jordan and other ME countries. Obama claims they are not doing it for religious purposes and therein lies the main part of his problem...he refuses to publically admit that there is Islamists who want to destroy Western Civilization.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ISIS who have western passports, some of which are American, which allows them to travel freely around the world.

It is idiotic to think these savages are not plotting to go to countries around the world to build cells and conduct terrorist attacks.

The United States is the main target and they already have sympathizers and supporters here as indicated by the Boston bombing.

We will pay the price because of these American passport holders who will be here legally and the illegals who will come here because of the open borders attitude Obama has spread like a cancer to the left here.

This idea that if you scratch anyone in the world you will find a person with Western Values and desires is hog wash and horse squeeze. There are millions and millions of savages throughout the world who want to destroy us and people like us and we better wake up to that fact.

The sad, sad thing is the majority of Americans, to include some here who comment on the ACES, who fail to realize the threat to America and Obama's complacency to it.

We must KILL and DESTROY ISIS. There is no substitute.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/14 - 08:59 am
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Obama's Untruth

Obama said in the press conference that ISIS speaks for no religion. That's completely untrue. Ask any ISIS terrorist and he will say he fights for Islam. It's not pertinent what Obama believes or what he tries to make us believe. The truth speaks loudly.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/22/14 - 09:08 am
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For those who don't believe in evil...

For those who don't believe in evil and Satan....just look in the eyes of ISIS. There it is. Looking right at you. Telling you it is coming for you.

Have you got the guts to fight it or do you hide behind excuses of "war weary", "it's not our fight", "they are just practicing their religion as they understand it", or other lilly-livered pablum expressions.

Like it or not---America is the glue that holds the freedom of the world together. We, and no one else, are the leaders of Western Civilization and we need to exercise that role.

ELLIOTTMESS55
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ELLIOTTMESS55 08/22/14 - 09:33 am
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i lay it at the feet of W and
Unpublished

i lay it at the feet of W and cheney,and rummy.they invaded this region to assure themselves that we would have access to oil.had they left saddam alone,there would be thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people alive today.do you think those 3 war criminals care?you say well he was an evil man who had thousands killed in his country! now what do you say about the thousands that we killed,and the new terrorists groups are killing?

southern2
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southern2 08/22/14 - 09:41 am
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NO PROBLEM BELIEVING THIS!

Per Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer:

"The reason that raid into Syria failed to get Foley and those guys was because the president drug his feet. He waited too long, the intel got stale, and by the time we actually gave the “go” word it failed because we just didn’t react quick enough."

southern2
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southern2 08/22/14 - 09:52 am
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American Beheading Tees Obama OFF 18 times

Which act was more stunning?

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 01:48 pm
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Did anybody think that he

Did anybody think that he would get out alive?

He knew what he was in for, he had been captured before. Personally, I think those journalists assume the risk when they go into those war zones.

What is Obama supposed to do, southern2- freeze in place? Did Nixon stop everything when journalists were killed in Vietnam? No.

Because that would be just what the terrorists want- to change things, to affect what the President does. And if a President DID stop doing his normal activities, that would mean that the terrorists won, and they would be doing it right and left.

Either we show the terrorists that we aren't going to do anything differently, or we let them control the US.

What do you want to do?

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 01:49 pm
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If anybody on here thinks

If anybody on here thinks that the US can stop all world-wide terrorism, they are sadly mistaken.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 01:50 pm
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Bush couldn't stop it either,

Bush couldn't stop it either, by the way.

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KSL 08/22/14 - 02:08 pm
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historylover
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historylover 08/22/14 - 02:55 pm
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Once again,

everyone got off on politics and hatred. How about some true emotion for the man and his family? And let's hope to God that this does energize the entire world to strike as often as needed to slow down the radical Islamist movement. We have let them get out of control. Corgimom, we could start all the way back to Daddy Bush not completing the mission in Desert Storm. Then Baby Bush invaded but had no true idea of what the heck he was going to do once we got there. Now Obama is having to make decisions and I have to agree foreign policy is not his strong suit. God help him please. He's going to need it just as our troops are going to.

cush1944
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cush1944 08/22/14 - 03:12 pm
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'Now Obama is having to make

'Now Obama is having to make decisions and I have to agree foreign policy is not his strong suit."
history, HA HA, but then what do you expect from a community organizer.

historylover
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historylover 08/22/14 - 03:16 pm
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cush1944

But it is what I expect(ed) from our President. Yes, he has disappointed a lot of us out here in liberal land too. Please don't get me wrong, I don't agree with all of the rhetoric passed around on conservative sites, but I am grown up enough to admit when something is not right.

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stuaby 08/22/14 - 03:21 pm
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history...dredging up the

history...dredging up the Bush's is not productive.

Let's stick with the chess pieces and the situation currently on the board.

There's no way out of this now. We missed the chance to do something when ISIL/ISIS was fledgling. They are too well entrenched now. To deal with them in any kind of meaningful way, massive civilian casualties would have to be incurred. You and I both know that's not going to happen.

All we can do is watch at this point. Air strikes aren't going to change anything. Eventually these people will conquer Damascus. The linch pin will be what their dealings with Tehran are. If there is cooperation between ISIS/ISIL and Tehran, then LOOK OUT. It may not be long before WWIII ensues.

historylover
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historylover 08/22/14 - 05:04 pm
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Stuaby

You are very correct. I have to do some more research, but isn't Tehran run by a different sect of Islam? They are confused in my mind right now. I was hoping that Iran would go against ISIS/ISIL and take care of them. I guess I'm wrong? I'll have to get back to you, but point well taken.

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carcraft 08/22/14 - 05:44 pm
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History Lover, Clinton has

History Lover, Clinton has stated that Obama's guiding principal was "Don't do stupid s_ _ _ _". That really isn't a foreign policy! Before ISIS launched it's attack the CIA and military intelligence had to know it was coming . You just don't get that far that fast with out a lot of organization. This WAS NOT a haphazard endeavor ! They were probably organizing this for weeks if not months. So Obama sits on his butt and does NOTHING!

cush1944
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cush1944 08/22/14 - 05:45 pm
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"But it is what I expect(ed)

"But it is what I expect(ed) from our President."
history, Obama's main concern is Social Justice. He believes our country became rich by enslaving black people and by stealing from poor countries of color. His 'Dream from My Father' was the hatred of the British, the USA and white men.

historylover
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historylover 08/22/14 - 06:37 pm
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cush1944

Again with the same wording over and over. I read Dreams of My Father and gee that was not the same message I got at all.

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Darby 08/22/14 - 06:50 pm
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"They are too well entrenched now."

If you really believe that, then your education on military tactics and strategy is sadly lacking.

If anything is "too well entrenched" it's the crew running American foreign policy.

To turn this thing around, we need to begin by cleaning house and ridding ourselves of the naysayers who keep wringing their hands and commiserating with themselves about how the United States is "no better and no more exceptional" than any other nation.

The current administration is a magnificent example of the fruition of a culture where even the losing soccer team is entitled to a huge trophy. (To build their self-respect.)

Remember too, this POTUS was the first person in the history of the universe to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for the great things he was expected to accomplish.

Tell us again about how "Bin Ladin is dead! That always makes the boo-boo feel better. Or turn loose another five top tier terrorist masterminds. (Oh, wait... do we have another deserter we want back?)

"We need to send in a team that can do the job, not talk it to death!

Before it's too late!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 07:02 pm
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Yeah, Darby, 60,000

Yeah, Darby, 60,000 terrorists are manageable, but 60,005- Oh no, a disaster!

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stuaby 08/22/14 - 07:03 pm
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"...but isn't Tehran run by a

"...but isn't Tehran run by a different sect of Islam?"

It is, but it is possible that they may someday band together for a greater objective if they think that it's to each's advantage.

I'm not saying it'll happen definitely, but if it does, there would be trouble.

stuaby
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stuaby 08/22/14 - 07:07 pm
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"If anything is "too well

"If anything is "too well entrenched" it's the crew running American foreign policy. "

Darby, they've taken over many cities now. There is now no surgical way to remove them militarily w/o ground forces and much collateral damage as well as many thousands of additional U.S. military KIAs.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 07:07 pm
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KSL, do you get the

KSL, do you get the difference between 2,500 spools of concertina wire (which is nothing, by the way) versus a fence of over 1,000 miles?

But I have to say, seeing all the websites you visit is an education in itself. lastresistance.com? Um, ok.

Do you ever wonder how it is that those blogs KNOW THE TRUTH but nobody else does?

It used to be shortwave radio and tapes and cds, now it's the Internet. I bet if you looked at what all those sites rake in, it would be mind-boggling. I know it's well into the millions.

The immigration problem isn't any different than it has been- but the media has blown it up, because they are desperate for news.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 07:10 pm
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And I don't know much about

And I don't know much about concertina wire- but if they only sold them $435,000 worth, I'm guessing they aren't going to be able to do too much with it.

What's wrong with selling concertina wire to another country?

stuaby
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stuaby 08/22/14 - 07:18 pm
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"KSL, do you get the

"KSL, do you get the difference between 2,500 spools of concertina wire (which is nothing, by the way) versus a fence of over 1,000 miles?"

That's beside the point. It's the principle of the thing. Neither Obama, nor Congress is doing anything about southern U.S. border security, yet we can find a way to lend a hand w/ Ukrainian border security?

If this is true, then I'm all the way with KSL on this.

stuaby
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stuaby 08/22/14 - 07:26 pm
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"...a fence of over 1,000

"...a fence of over 1,000 miles?"

Oh how impossible! The Chinese built a wall 500 years ago that dwarfs what we'd need, both technologically and length-wise. This "it's too long to build!" business is just mindless talking points from NPR, et. al.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 07:53 pm
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No, it's not the "principle

No, it's not the "principle of the thing", it's a nothing story that somebody is trying to make into a big deal.

We sold the Ukrainians some concertina wire. Big deal.

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