The threat of ISIS and the murder of James Foley

James Foley murder.
Screen shot from video purporting to show the murder of U.S. reporter James Foley.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 21, 2014 — For the first time in his presidency, President Barack Obama looked genuinely concerned while making his comments about the beheading of James Foley. It’s about time.

However, even with the sincerity evident in his voice, Obama still got it wrong. Amid all the hand-wringing about who to blame lies the reality that the so-called “JV” Islamic State just hit a home run against the varsity.

It really doesn’t matter who is to blame. Osama bin Laden is dead. We got him for bringing down the World Trade Center. But did it stop the terrorists in their tracks? Hardly. They are worse than ever before.

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That the voice of the murderer on the Foley video was British is important because it brought further embarrassment to Obama and the West in general for their ineptness at handling the problem. That is really about the only thing that’s significant, since there is currently no way for certain to know who actually committed this barbaric crime.

There are other observations to be made concerning this incident. Though they may appear callous on the surface, that is not the intent in making them; understanding is important.

Beheading, as it is done in the Middle East, is a horrible thing to witness. It was no more pleasant during the Middle Ages or the French Revolution, but the question that comes to mind today is “Why did it take the beheading of a colleague for the media to finally wake up to the fact that the Islamic State, Hamas, Boko Haram and all the rest of them are very bad dudes?


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Is it more important because James Foley was a dedicated, hard-working journalist? Thousands of similar travesties have gone on in the Middle East and environs for years. Women and children are being slaughtered by the dozens on a daily basis. Sometimes hundreds of “executions” are carried out in a single day. Are these lives any less important than that of a reporter who is killed in the line of duty?

Look at how many stories have already been written for the pages of “Communities Digital News” concerning the horrors of what is happening in the Middle East. And CDN is less than six months old.

Is it not possible for someone else to figure it out?

The time has come to start reporting the truth, and if it takes the slaughter of a journalist to wake up the media, then James Foley will not have died in vain.

As for Obama, the man is never going to get it right. He is an Islamic sympathizer from the word go and he will never lay the blame where it belongs. In his Wednesday remarks, he said that no religion believes in the horrific deeds that the Islamic State has perpetrated on humanity.

Wrong. Sorry, Mr. President, but one religion does believe in these deeds and it is time to recognize that fact. It is a five letter word: Islam. Islamic terror, or Islamists, or the Islamic State or whatever else you choose to name it, it is Islam, pure and simple.

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All one has to do it read the Koran to understand this. You don’t even have to read the whole book. A few pages will be enough. Then try the Hadith for additional validation.

It is time to stop all the verbal gamesmanship and own up to the fact that the world has a problem and it was born in the year 622.

At least one report claims that Obama was informed of Foley’s scheduled execution as much as a week ago. According the information from one outlet, the president was even aware of Foley’s location before his death. Whether that has been confirmed is another story.

For now, it is time for us to begin doing something real about global terrorism, coming together as a nation along with other Western allies to find ways to deal with the situation from a realistic point of view

Meanwhile, if you want somewhere to begin and someone to blame, go back 1,400 years. It all started with a prophet named Muhammad.


Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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