Provided in the news media this morning, (Tuesday, August 20,), network, cable and cyberspace, a video portraying the beheading of “American” journalist James Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
After watching the video, (in my opinion), the Isis representative in the video did not behead an American as I (personally understand) what it is to be an American.
Question: Who was James Foley?
He was not a member of the United States Armed Forces, nor was he an unfortunate tourist (despicably) kidnapped by a foreign terrorist entity.
James Foley was a journalist employed by the global post, a commercial news agency.
James Foley sought out and accepted his employment with the global post and he accepted the assignment to report on the conditions and atrocities taking place in Syria at the time of his assignment.
Of course, not having known James Foley I can only assume that he understood the danger posed to his person?
What happened to James Foley, should not have happened to James Foley or to any of the other countless victims of Isis’s campaign for dominance over the middle eastern territories that they currently control.
From my own experience in the U.S. military and serving in Vietnam in 1965, I speak with authority as to the hazards of being present in an arena occupied by opposing armed forces.
In the video, (coerced or otherwise), James Foley concluded his declaration with the words; “I wish I wasn’t an American.”
Which if true? At the time of his death, James Foley was not an American worthy of the title.
In my world, to be worthy of the title “American,” a man must respect America, not throw her under the bus.
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow