U.S. officials have confirmed that U.S. journalist James Foley was beheaded by the Islamic State In Syria (“ISIS”). ISIS posted a video of the beheading on-line, but I’m not going to link to it because it would just serve their evil, depraved purposes.
I often think that there is a complete lack of understanding between the terrorist groups in the Middle East and the citizens of the United States. The murderous thugs who make up ISIS might well have the misapprehension that beheading people like James Foley is going to make us cower. They’re wrong, of course, so I want to correct the record with this short message:
Just so you understand, your willingness to behead innocent people doesn’t scare us, it just infuriates us. Because killing helpless people in cold blood is so abhorrent, it also tells us that your organization is so utterly lacking in basic values and human decency that you don’t deserve to be part of the community of civilized people. We regret your act of callous murder, we cannot understand how anyone could rationalize such brutality, and we grieve for the Foley family in this time of terrible and completely unnecessary loss — but we also understand that your act exposes the true nature of ISIS. We now know that your group is comprised of soulless butchers, and that knowledge will help to guide our decision-making in the future.
Make no mistake: you are evil, and you will be punished for what you have done. We will get you. You deserve it, and it will happen. And when it does, and your organization is scourged from the face of the planet, you can realize that it is your own fanatical bloodthirstiness that led to your downfall.”