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It was at first that gruesome image of a man being held next by terrorists that shocked me, made me click the article, read it and then look up to understand what was happening in the video.  

Showing stills from the minutes before the beheading and an audio clip from it, is enough to raise awareness about the issue in the part of the world.

Kelly Foley, a cousin of the slain journalist, wrote on Twitter, “Don’t watch the video. Don’t share it. That’s not how life should be.”

"But there’s a big difference between individual user decisions and institutional decisions by Twitter and YouTube. For the Web sites, blocking objectionable content is a form of editing."

"It’s news that the executioner’s accent may offer a hint about his identity,"

"It’s news that may change what governments and armies do next. It’s news that other journalists will spread… and that social media will spread without any journalists involved, no matter what we do. It’s news that extremists wanted us all to spread… and they killed a man, at least in part, so that we’d do it."

Many Internet users’ arguments against showing even still images from the Foley video cited the propaganda value of the video.

"One of the counter arguments is that people should see — must see — the atrocities." Watch it to understand better what we are up against.

As some users shared photos and links to the video, others exhorted them to share earlier photos of Foley’s life and links to examples of his reporting instead. IF it wasn’t the image of disturbing footage shows Foley, (viewed it the very first time) dressed in an orange tunic and kneeling, as a hooded ISIS militant stands next to him, images of his early life photos might not have the same effect on me or as convincing… Like would you find it easy to believe that what happened in the story was real? 

I believe this is one of few times it’s worth the shock value to wake people up. Likewise, “If you find this difficult to look at, imagine what kind of person it takes to actually do it. ” People need to be aware of what these tyrants are like..

Alright. When i first heard about James Foley’s incident today - the unfortunate and unbelievable tragic death of an innocent man, I went online and looked up the video. What this incident did to me has raised awareness and make me understand about an issue. What would happen if we talk about things like ISIS? People say like .. Awareness of James Foley does not have to include posting the video or photos of his murder.  You don’t have to tell people not to watch the video.  I don’t think having to watch the video make you a sick person or is a wrong thing to do and bad.

I certainly could not watch the full video of Foley’s execution but I did want to understand what was happening in the video.. I was definitely terrified and shocked .. by seeing/watching and hearing it… the video scared the shit out of me. Because what happened in there WAS REAL. Not a hollywood movie. Not only because it was 100% the most awful and frightening thing I’ve ever seen and how real it is, but it made me realize I knew very little about what was going on in that part of the world. Why the fuck did I know so much about what an “ice bucket challenge” even was, but I couldn’t tell you what ISIS stood for? I didn’t know why this man had died. I didn’t know who he was. 

So I went on to the internet and researched. I read and read more about ISIS and James Foley, and even Steven Sotloff and Syria and Iraq and Daniel Pearl. I read some news articles, and watched some clips from CNN, and other news sites..I read and watched and listened because it’s 2014 and I have a fucking world of information at my fingertips thanks to the internet. Now that I know a lot more about what is really happening in the world and America..

So don’t tell people NOT TO WATCH the video if they want to. They watch it because they want to see how frightening and scary it really is and make themselves understand more about the issue.

After seeing what was going on, it just hit and made me think about the issue that I never really paid attention to.


Journalist James Foley

Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn’t matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he’d cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

Foley was snatched again in Syria in November 2012 when the car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a battle zone that Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. A video posted Tuesday purportedly showed his execution, but officials in Washington were still working to verify its authenticity. (AP)

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James Foley was so brutally beheaded yesterday. No human has the right to take away another person’s life.. I just want to say that I am sad beyond words to hear about James..

I know innocent killings happens everyday..  and killings are what ISIS does. But i’m just shocked and hurt to see the tasteless cover of today’s NY post and the news. James was a kind good person, an American journalist, an extraordinary son and a brother. Not a soldier, not a war monger.. How can anybody see him as an enemy?

Statement released by his family said he was passionate about exposing the problems in Syria. He died what he loved doing and was willing to give up his life for his passion and conviction. It’s with deep sympathy and my condolence that loving what you do has cost him his life but will not go in vain.

His last words were, “I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again..” Hug and share some time today with your family telling them how you love them in honor of Jim Foley memory of the hope he wish he had.  

ISIL 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, they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.

And people like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy, and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.


James Foley


photo Nicole Tung, Syria, Aleppo


He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person

The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

"He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said in a post on a Facebook page set up by the Foley family.

"We implore the kidnappers 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," Diane Foley said in the statement.

Foley was a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

"Journalists face threats in many forms as they try to report difficult stories that need to be told, but the attack on Jim was barbaric," Northwestern said in a statement. "It was, in a larger sense, an attack on freedoms necessary in a civilized society and across strained cultures. Jim endures for us as a beacon reminding us of the risks implicit in shedding light where inhumanity can take hold."



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I pick this cutie up every time I see him .

I mean, look at his baby face! Lmao