Appalled by ISIS Beheading of James Foley

Posted: August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I have to be honest and admit that over the past few months, I’ve tried to keep my eyes away from the news and world politics.  It’s just too depressing and frustrating most of the time.  Off and on I’ve followed the conflict in Ukraine, but the issue with ISIS has mostly eluded me.

That said, today I heard that members of ISIS has beheaded an american photojournalist, James Foley.  Beheading him wasn’t enough either.  They also forced him to read a letter before executing him on video.  I really can’t understand why a religious group finds murder acceptable, let alone torture and execution.  It’s just unfathomable.

I’d like to go on but I really don’t have much to add to the subject so rather than repeat all the info I’ve been reading over, I’ll just link to some other pages so you can read it direct from the sources.  Hopefully Foley’s family can rest easy knowing he was trying to do something good with his life and help other people.

More Info:
Conservative Citizen
Wiki
ABC News
NBC News

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Comments
  1. rkenney525 says:

    Thanks for sharing those references. My understanding of people that manage to commit unspeakable crimes against other people is that they somehow dehumanize their victims or otherwise disassociate themselves from their victims. People generally feel bad about harming other people, but if you can somehow convince your followers that the people you’re at “war” with aren’t people or are somehow deserving of your crimes, then it makes it a lot easier to commit them.

    I think a lesson we can all learn from these people is not to fall into the same trap they have. No matter what barbaric things we see other people do, no matter what the media or the government tells us, and no matter what our immediate emotional response might tell us, we should never view other people as anything other than that: people. I don’t doubt that some of the extremists (‘over there’ and in the US) are simply sociopaths who still wouldn’t be phased by slaughtering humans, but that doesn’t change the fact that otherwise decent people can be brainwashed into committing unspeakable acts.

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