ISIS beheads a U.S. journalist, America mourns and the media misses the point
If you pick up the paper, two major headlines will probably jump out at you. The continuation of the massive coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri protests and the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley. One of these are about to lose its appeal so soon the Ferguson story will soon go by the waste side like Aurora, Newtown, Trayvon Martin and so many others but this beheading of James Foley is just beginning to peak the interest of many. Not because it is a story that its lessons will ever be heeded but because it was an American who was savagely killed and there are other Americans who may be next. Now I’m not saying that is a bad thing to be concerned with any America dying especially by the hands of cowards that call themselves brave but can anyone tell me how many military personnel died during this same time?
I think, one of the best articles written about Foley’s death was done so by Chelsea J. Carter for CNN titled “Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley”. The beauty of the article not only covered the beheading but several other points that many articles would have used to create several other stories instead of including them into one. The article reported that “a video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq. In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his "real killer'' is America.” Now my first thought was why would YouTube allow something like that to be broadcast and are there really anyone with a conscientious at the helm of this company or one with the stones enough to make those types of decisions. Satan is only as strong as the strength we give him so if you remove the power that is available for him to use, he will dry up and blow away just like any other weak and pathetic demon.
The next good thing that was discussed in the above name article was “Foley disappeared on November 22, 2012 in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey. He was reportedly forced into a vehicle by gunmen; he was not heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was working for the U.S.-based online news outlet Global Post.” I applaud this portion because it gives me a window into what and how Mr. Foley got to where we found him today. But I think that best part of the article was “On Tuesday, Foley's mother, Diane, took to social media with an emotional statement to praise and mourn her son.” This was one of the most heartwarming things that I have read in quite some time. I think we can now guess where James Foley got his courage and convictions from. Thank you Diane not only for the strength and courage you show today but for blessing this nation with James who has carried on and will always carry on that strength and courage in heaven.
Now I am sure that many of my daily readers will be asking. In the title you said media missed the point, what do you mean and why do you challenge the media in many of your articles. First let me answer your last question first, I challenge the media because they are supposed to be the unbiased source of news for all Americans and it is not supposed to be blatantly biased or slanted in any way. I challenge them because anyone who will really open their eyes can see that they are and with that come the confusion and division that many in America feels each and every day. Those who get a list of the stories that happened over night, then decide which ones they would like to broadcast is only honorable if they do more investigations before airing these stories and when they air them, stay out of the middle with your analysis and just report what you have found. Anyone seeing any news agency that reports it that way?
Now to your first question, why I said that media missed the point. Listen to the news agencies now and over the next few days and you will probably only hear what America and President Obama should be doing. Their solutions will be to pay ransom for those journalists to avoid these beheading videos. Some may say to stop the air strikes and that will stop the beheading and still others may suggest packing up every single American and getting them out of there. The media will keep bringing on these voices and finally America will come to embrace these ideas, jump on one bandwagon or another and began to disrespect, ignore and hate those on the other wagons. The history is there for all to see but only a person who looks for it will find it.
Now what is wrong with that, simple the point is being missed and completely overlooked because those in the media are never replaced by people who may see things differently than those at the top, they are replaced by those who will continue that same path. To pay the ransom means that ISIS and any other group will then figure that it is better than fixing a problem to gain economic freedom, just do as the Somali Pirates do and kidnap people. Media first had a fit about how ISIS was being funded; now their answer is to fund them. For those who say stop the airstrikes are probably going to be the very same ones that said and pushed the narrative that this president should have begun them sooner than he did. This may also explain why ISIS and other groups kidnap Americans because if they don’t get the money for them, they can hold America hostage by parading their people out and video killing them to get their way. ISIS is not a large number of people who are truly loyal, these are mostly weak people who saw them as a stronger force and joined to stay alive. And finally those who say pack em all up and haul ass out but what seems to be missed is the fact that they chose to go there. The people who are captured did not go there because they were forced, they were offered the choice and made the decision to go, so packing them up mean you are now going to violate someone’s civil rights by making them get on a plane for home if they do not want to come home.
For me it’s simple, if you hurt, harm or kill my child, I would not rest until I have visited upon you the wrath of God so not I am not going to advocate stopping the airstrikes but I will advocate for finding you and driving one of those drones up your butt. I would not pay you to keep your hands off Americans. If you choose to risk the entire weight and might of this nation for a few dollars then it will be my job to make sure you fully embrace that decision. I would not pack up everyone and move because not all Muslim or Iraqi is like them. Just like the officers of Ferguson, Missouri not all of them are as bad as others but because they wear the same uniform, they are painted with the same brush. There are good people everywhere and they deserve a little bit of peace and happiness. James Foley and his mother just showed us how really nice compassion feels let's not lose sight of that.