Thursday, August 21, 2014
All over the news for the last 10 days or so has been the racial issues facing the Midwestern town of Ferguson, Missouri. It seems that for some reason, the lead story of the day seems to be the ONLY issue on reporters minds. Wall to wall coverage on the unrest in Ferguson seems to be the major news story of the day, or of the week for the last two weeks for that matter. Personally, I'm burned out with the repeated story, over and over and over again on the news. All the news outlets seem to say the same thing, except Fox news seems to report only what they want to report. If there ever was a biased news organization, it would be FOX NEWS.
Other issues around the globe now seem to be no consequence to the news outlets, including MSNBC and CNN, besides Fox News. It seems now as if the conflict in Gaza is not as important in the news as the reporting in Ferguson Missouri. The border crises seems to have all but cured itself. Really? Are there still woman and children crossing the border that are facing persecution in their own country? Of course. Then why are we not hearing more of this issue? What about the airline disasters? Will they forever be silent with the news media, and will they only report on current events? I just do not have answers to these questions. Maybe when the 'do-nothing' Congress gets back from vacation, you may hear about these stories, especially about the border issue.
But W-A-I-T ! ! ! ! There is something new that the news media wants to talk about. An American journalist by the name of James Foley who has been missing after being captured in Syria almost two years ago, was beheaded by ISIS on a YouTube video just a few days ago. ISIS sent an email to Jims family telling them that they were going to kill their son in retaliation for what America is doing against ISIS in Iraq. The killer gave an ultimatum for the President of the United States that if the attacks on ISIS do not stop, then more Americans will die. Where did all of the captured Americans come from? It has been reported by the news media, and on social media throughout the internet that there are dozens of converted Americans now within the ISIS ranks in Iraq. Do these people have plans to secretly return to the United States and commit terrorist acts? Does America even know who these traitors are?
What the hell is going on? It was reported that ISIS paid Jim Foley's captors 100 million dollars for his exchange. Where is this terrorist organization coming up with all of this money for randsom, just to smear their horror into the America's eyes. It is now clear, that ISIS, also known as ISIL, not only want to convert every person in the world to ISLAM without their consent and kill anyone who refuses to convert, but their main mission is to destroy the United States. Everything they do, every fabric of their being, is aimed at destroying the United States, and they do not care who they kill in their drive to destroy the United States. They are baiting the United States to re-enter the war in Iraq. Will they succeed will this challenge? President Obama has repeatedly stated that he will not put troops on the ground, but the fact is that nearly 1000 "advisers" have been sent back to Iraq to help curb the present crisis. Do these advisers carry weapons by any chance? You can bet that they do.
ISIS is a sick organization, capturing Christians and everyone who will not convert. In one report, ISIS fighters approached the home of a resident, and told the husband that if he didn't let his solders rape his daughter, that they would kill his wife. The husband agreed to protect his family. After about 6 or 7 men raped their daughter, they tied up the father and child, and let them watch the rape of his wife. Then, they killed his wife and eventually his daughter. The captors didn't know that there was still another relative in the room who was hiding who witnessed the whole incident, and then escaped to report it.
Recently, thousands of people fled to the Sin-jar mountains to run from ISIS, who drove them out of their homes and were just waiting for these people to die. They were told if they leave the baron mountain, that they would be killed. This mountain provided no food or water. The people only had what they were able to take with them when they left their homes. They were dying a slow death of starvation. Eventually, President Obama decided to initiate a humanitarian mission to save these people, along with a campaign to destroy ISUS, who was now threatening American interests throughout the country of Iraq.
Thousands upon thousands of people are getting slaughtered in the name of ISUS, and one of their fighters, apparently of British decent, murdered Jim Foley and posted a video of the murder on Youtube.
The President responded, with one of his harshest statements since he because president 6 years ago.
The following are President Obama's complete comments in a live statement on August 20, 2014.
"Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley, by the terrorist group ISUL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. He has been taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria and he was courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there. Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world. He was 40 years old. One of five siblings, a son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release. Earlier today, I spoke to the Foley's and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did. Now, 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. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape, and slavery. They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can, for no other reason that they practice a different religion. They declare their ambition and commit genocide against an ancient people. So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches how to massacre innocence. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIS has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is that they terrorize their neighbors, and offer them nothing but endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior. People like this ultimately fail, They fail because the future is won by those who build, not by the ones who destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley, and the overwhelming majority of humanity that were appalled by those who killed him. The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what is necessary to see that justice is done, and we act against ISUL, standing alongside others. The people of Iraq who with our support are taking the fight to ISUL, and must continue to come together to expel these terrorists from their communities. The people of Syria, the story that Jim Foley told, do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists, and have our support in their pursuit of future rule from indignity. From governments and peoples across the middle east, there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread. There has to be a clear rejection of these and of anallistic ideologies. One thing we can all agree on that a group like ISUL have no place in the 21st century. Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday, and we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and civility. That's what Jim Foley stood for. A man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of fellow human beings, and was liked and loved by friends and family. Today, the American people will all say a prayer by those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence. All of us mourn his loss. We keep in our prayers those other Americans who are separated from their families. We will do everything that we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for. May God bless and keep Jim's memory, and God bless the United States of America."