James Foley--died Aug. 19, 2014, after 2 years in captivity
The WSJ’s 8-22-14 story is ominous, “U.S. Eyes Wider Action on Islamic State: Killing [beheading] of Journalist Fuels Push for International Campaign; Officials Say Syria Vital to Defeating Islamic State.” A video goes viral with the horrific execution—one militia's vision of war’s justice.
The major media publicizes this one brutal killing. The strategists’ response is that we expand our war machine’s reach to kill however more thousands it may take to control Syria. Arming these militias [object was to topple Syria’s Assad] has unleashed a most radical Islamist State army, which now with vicious calculation beheads captive U.S. journalist, James Foley. Incredibly some think it just takes more weapons and firepower to solve this region’s problems. [For partial history of our underwriting various sides of this Middle East violence, see previous entries, Aug 13, 2012, Jan. 20, 2014 ]
Condemned Saudi prisoner in a scene from the 1980 docudrama Death Of A Princess
nd once again, as with the post 9-11 push towards Iraq through Afghanistan, the U.S. points in conflicted directions. Fifteen of the nineteen Trade Tower attackers were Saudis. We are appalled at this terrible execution in Syria, contemplate increasing our war against terrorists there, while we ignore the 19 beheadings presided over by the Saudis just since August 4th. Read of the deaths also of their prisoner victims--short story in the 8-22-14 NYT. It’s a continued regular aspect of their justice system, for both violent and nonviolent offenses. We don’t understand this, it’s not our culture, but we tolerate it, -- and of course our own more modern methods of capital punishment.
Saudi Arabia’s money and weapons, with our government’s blessing, have been a major support of the Islamic fighters, many using these same terror tactics, to fight Syria’s Assad. With the Islamic State army, ISIS, now out of control surging from Syria to Iraq and back, some strategists suggest we bomb them in Syria, as we recently did in Iraq, paradoxically supporting Assad.
Which is more violent—being beheaded, or blasted to smithereens? Every day in the Middle East many go to their death finding out, one way or another.
Barbaric violence seems to be most acceptable to us when it comes wrapped in oil money futures. And if Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King are to be believed, all violence only insures future violence, no matter how noble or state approved the intention.
Illumination by Kathy BrahneyReferences
"The beheading of journalist James Foley has prompted American officials to begin working to knit together a broader international campaign to combat the extremists of the Islamic State, an effort that the Pentagon warned will require taking the fight beyond Iraq and into neighboring Syria.
The Obama administration has indicated it is prepared to continue selective airstrikes against the extremists inside Iraq, where they have seized significant swaths of territory. ..."
“The country [Saudi Arabia] has historically rejected international standards for offenses deemed insufficient for capital punishment, applying it to crimes that include adultery, armed robbery, apostasy, drug trafficking, rape and witchcraft.”