The Death of James Foley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A photo of slain U.S. journalist James Foley being circulated on Twitter, with the request that this photo -- not the one shared by ISIS -- be the image he's remembered by. (twitter/Twitter)

A video released by ISIS purports to show the beheading of U.S. photojournalist James Foley. We discuss the developments, and the worldwide reaction with Yochi Dreazen, managing editor for news at Foreign Policy.

Comments [22]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights


I wish you had the guts to tell us which paragon of liberty you hail from.

Perhaps you are too aware of the faults of your home.

Aug. 21 2014 12:29 AM


Enjoy your crazy BS ways for the next 2 years. Fortunately for us, we are less than 2 years away from a new peaceful election that will usher in an administration with a set of balls and a willingness to renew our arrogant, world dominating ways.

In the meantime, enjoy the drones.

Aug. 20 2014 10:06 PM

The lack of any kind of critical analysis voiced here is typical of the propaganda bubble Americans like you live under. When so called American news reporters function as the echo chambers of the White House and Congress and when journalist work as PR advance men for American Imperialism and as Apologists of American Aggression then no one should be surprised that the rest of the world will see them as part of the American war machine and will see them for the enemies they are. Name one American Media outlet or reporter that has offered anything like a counter narrative to the one coming out of the White House concerning any event in the world whether in the Middle East or Ukraine. And Why is that? We are told by the same Imperialist voices that ISIS is so evil it beyond anything known. Really? What is the proof of this and the analysis other than the claim made? So let me see--America supports Israeli aggression without limit, America supports the Russian cleansing now under way by the forces in Kiev who seem to be repeating the game plan of Maliki and the Shiites in Iraq, and who gave support to the forces responsible for the Killing Fields in Cambodia? And how many American Presidents gave support to Maliki and Shiite aggression in Iraq, and who was responsible for the blood lust unleashed in Libya ending with the torture and death of Qaddafi, and how many bloody killings have Americans supported in its history--Oh you Americans really like to forget your history. Well the rest of us in the World do not wish to forget nor will we allow you to forget.
What is sad is the utter blindness of Americans who go about the world creating chaos and then wanting everyone to forgive them for their stupidity--Well some of us are not in a forgiving mood. When American reporters mindlessly go about their work with utter carelessness about the truth and who mindlessly repeat the talking points of the White House because they are too stupid to do the actual work of critical analysis and research and reading and study then that level of ignorance should have no place in anyone's sympathy.
I suggest that reporters leave behind their American passports(or UK or French) and stop working for American Media which supports the work of American Imperialist Propaganda. And for the rest of the mindless unthinking American Public may be it is time for you to re-think your place in the world. We have had enough of your so called leadership!

Aug. 20 2014 09:53 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from NYC

Hi, I am so sorry about James Foley. Horrible things like his death should not happen. May he Rest in Peace. Eugenia Renskoff

Aug. 20 2014 03:31 PM

Oh come on, the Mexican cartels chop people's heads off with chainsaws all the time. If an industrial beheading factory on the border doesn't bother anybody why would one crummy Brit with a knife?

Aug. 20 2014 02:22 PM
Marco from New York

Oh, I understand, Taher, anyone who points out the obvious about contemporary Islam is a bigot. At least you people are consistent.

Aug. 20 2014 12:53 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Store front or Mosque Imam?

Did it matter to James Foley or Daniel Pearl or the victims of 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, Fort Hood massacre, London transport bombing, Pan Am 103?

Aug. 20 2014 12:48 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

@Marco from New York, most of the ideology that comes from these groups mentioned are ideas coming from self appointed store front Imams who neither know nor understand the Hadith and more importantly the interpretations of the Koran within the last 14 or so centuries. The Old Testament is filled with violence, would that lead us to believe that Judaism is inherently violent. No. What I detected here is good old fashion bigotry by your comments and others on this “informed’ site.

Aug. 20 2014 12:30 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Taher from Croton on Hudson said:

> read 78. "The sin of killing the innocent."

The question is WHO is an "innocent"?

May an Infidel be an innocent?
How about an apostate of Islam? Can that person be an innocent?
How about someone who rejects the "offer" to become a Muslim? Innocent?

Aug. 20 2014 12:05 PM
Marco from New York

I think the proponents of contemporary Islam....ISIS, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Hamas, al Nusra, the al Sauds...all are a very clear about what Islam is.

Aug. 20 2014 12:04 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

@Marco from New York, you should also read 78. "The sin of killing the innocent."

Aug. 20 2014 12:01 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Many “IS/DASH” recruits are young men from Europe, France and England in particular. It’s there that law enforcement needs to do a better job arresting these pathetic sick criminals.

Aug. 20 2014 11:50 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Hamass is as bad as ISIS.

Hamas Bike Gang Drags One Bloodied Victim Through The Streets

Aug. 20 2014 11:44 AM
Marco from New York

Please read the Koran, Barbara Hoffman...especially Sura 9.

Aug. 20 2014 11:41 AM
Roshen from Midtown

QUESTION (because i cant reach a phone right now): Does ISIS plan to govern the people in the lands it intends to take-over? Or does their long term plan simply involve terrorizing and murdering people? Whats the end-game?

Aug. 20 2014 11:38 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

The killer of Foley probably has a regional British accent, which would tell you where he is from; the city and neighborhood. That can lead British law enforcement to the family of the killer. Once identify the sick killer’s arrest becomes possible when he try’s to renter Britain.

Aug. 20 2014 11:38 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

ISIS/ISIL must be destroyed.

The only quasi-religious 'principle' that I would be comfortable in picking up a weapon and fighting against is intolerance. Any zealot who kills others who don't believe in a way that they accept, must themselves be exterminated.

Only in this way can the rest of us be safe.

Aug. 20 2014 11:37 AM

More fear-mongering, from Yochi Dreazen -- the "terrorists" are coming to get us. No need to look at reality, or our own behavior.

Does the foreign policy establishment never tire of selling this product? Invading Iraq was apparently not enough. When we ever learn to ignore these people?

Aug. 20 2014 11:35 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights


When did the vile Westboro Church behead anyone and post the video on Youtube?

I'll save you extensive research time. NEVER.

The "Religion of Peace" has a history of beheading people. See ISIS in Iraq. See Islamists who kidnapped and beheaded journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan.

Aug. 20 2014 11:32 AM
Sredni Vashtar from the Shed Out Back

I believe "chyron" is pronounced KAI-ron. It's a Greek "ch."

Aug. 20 2014 11:29 AM

ISIS is not Muslim. They are the Westborough Church of Muslims but on steroids.

Aug. 20 2014 11:26 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

It's the "Religion of Peace" - on the planet Bizzaro.

Aug. 20 2014 10:59 AM

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