James Foley, an American Hero

James Foley, an American Hero August 20, 2014


James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped by ISIS in Syria, has been beheaded.

Mr Foley, who was wearing a mike, made what appeared to be a statement prepared by ISIS before he was murdered. This is followed by a statement from his ISIS murderer. This murderer speaks fluent, well-educated English with what sounds like a mix of a Middle Eastern and British accent. If you can help the FBI identify James Foley’s murderer, call the FBI.


If you can help identify James Foley’s murderer, call the FBI. Photo Source: LiveLeak

James Foley was doing what the massively over-paid talking heads don’t do: He was practicing journalism, and that at great risk to himself. His kind of reporting is the only information we the people get about what is really happening in dangerous parts of the world. We base our conclusions on what they tell us.

I regard his death as the savage murder of a captive American soldier in an army that has become almost extinct: Journalists who go out into the world and get the story. James Foley, along with his brother and sister journalists who risk their lives to give us the news about important world events, are the life-blood of true democracy. May their tribe increase.

Mr Foley, who had been captured once before in Libya, reported from the Middle East for five years. He was the oldest of five children.

He was also a Catholic, a man of faith. He wrote feelingly about the power of prayer and praying the Rosary during his first captivity in Libya. “I began to pray the Rosary,” he wrote, “I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time to count off 100 Hail Marys on my knuckles.”

His colleague, Paul Conroy, discusses James Foley’s work in the last video below, calling it a “vocation.” “If people like James didn’t go out there, people would be in the dark … and he’s paid the ultimate price, as has a number of my colleagues … all I can say is that they deserve all the respect that we can offer … the world should mourn the loss of people like James. He was a good, good person.”

I hope that James Foley’s family never forgets that he died for his country just as surely as any soldier.

James Foley is an American hero.

Message from James Foley’s mother, Diane:

A message from Jim’s mom, Diane Foley: 

We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. 

We implore the ktidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.

We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.

This video describes what sounds like a bartering of abductees among various Islamic groups. It implies that Mr Foley, who was taken prisoner outside of an internet cafe, was not originally kidnapped by ISIS, but was “given” to them at a later date. I do not know if this accurate, but it may be.

James Foley discusses his work and the dangers to free lance journalists.

I wish I knew more about what he’s discussing here.


James Foley discusses being captured in Libya.

James Foley’s colleague discusses his death and work.




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12 responses to “James Foley, an American Hero”

  1. This was a clear challenge to our “wonderful” leader. Now will our wonderful leader have the balls to fight back? This is clear evil right before our eyes. We need to destroy these savages period. If we don’t fight back now in a personal way we have forfeited our right to be a great nation.

    My prayers for the deceased and their families.

  2. Not sure if there is anything that can be added to what you wrote. I agree with what you said. He was obviously dedicated to his work since he went back to it after having been a captive previously. My thoughts are with his family. I can’t imagine the pain they are going through.

  3. Beheadings will unite Congress and Obama and another shoe will drop…on top of Islamic State. Like Hamas…they are media conscious showoffs who galvinize their enemy. And they have known addresses unlike Al Qaeda. How dumb is that?

  4. Both my husband and I wondered why he was even there. Your comments explain it well. Thank you. It sounds like he was martyred for his faith. May James’ soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon them.
    St Michael, the Archangel, Defend us in battle.
    James, please pray for us and for our persecuted brothers and sisters and our leadership.

  5. I don’t know what else to say after watching that video, except,


    May Mr. Foley bask in the glory of the Father. May his loved ones find consolation in his martyrdom; he has washed his robes in the blood of the Lamb.

  6. What’s the matter moderator? People giving contrary opinions about “American hero”? You don’t like differing opinions? Timid?

  7. I have other things to do besides moderate this blog. However, if you come on here to diss Mr Foley, you probably are going to sleep in the delete file.

  8. Can one be a practicing Catholic after converting to Islam? Because apparently he converted to Islam early in his captivity.

  9. I saw that a couple of days ago. I never take anything seriously that people do or say when they are the helpless prisoner of homicidal maniacs.