President Obama on the Murder of James Foley

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 20, 2014
President Obama Delivers a Statement on August 20, 2014

Today, President Obama delivered a statement on the murder of American journalist James Foley.  The President said, "Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL."

President Obama said, "...Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.  He was 40 years old -- one of five siblings, the son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release.  Earlier today, I spoke to the Foleys and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did.
 
"Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers.  Let’s be clear about ISIL.  They have rampaged across cities and villages -- killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence.  They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery.  They have murdered Muslims -- both Sunni and Shia -- by the thousands.  They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion.  They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people."

The President continued, "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.  

"The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people.  We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.  When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.  And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others."  

In closing, President Obama said, "Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday.  And we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism, and replace it with a sense of hope and civility.  And that’s what Jim Foley stood for, a man who lived his work; who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings; who was liked and loved by friends and family."

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria.  He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism."

Secretary Kerry continued, "We grieve for James Foley. We mourn for his family and his loved ones. We honor the courage and pray for the safety of all those who risk their lives to discover the truth where it is needed most. And make no mistake: we will continue to confront ISIL wherever it tries to spread its despicable hatred. The world must know that the United States of America will never back down in the face of such evil. ISIL and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed, and those responsible for this heinous, vicious atrocity will be held accountable."

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caroline L.
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Oregon, USA
August 20, 2014
I support Obama and also the very hard work of Sec. John Kerry. They work so hard to help these people, who cry to our country for assistance, and in return, the enemy breathes only threats of death and bloodshed. Nobody wants war, but everybody wants this evil to be contained. God bless, and may your efforts succeed victoriously; may good prevail, may safety reign. Thank you for the encouraging and valiant words today. In all the years of his Presidency Obama hasn't begun a new war, and has always been very cautious and intelligent about military activity; I trust him and support his decisions.
Charles J.
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North Carolina, USA
August 21, 2014
I see and hear a lot of name calling to describe ISIL/ISIS, however I am not reading or hearing any definitive actions that nations around the world are taking to stop the murderous rampage of these less than human beings. What action is being taken? ISIS and ISIL must be terminated with Extreme prejudice.
Eric M.
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United States
August 21, 2014
I am appalled by your hypocrisy. You created ISIL by attempting to engineer yet another "regime change" in Syria, and now you cry crocodile tears about the consequences. And you praise a dead journalist for going to "the darkest of places to shine the light of truth." Meanwhile, you persecute the living ones, such as Jim Risen, who are attempting to do the same thing in some of the very dark places we have here at home.
Ghalib. A.
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Jordan
August 22, 2014
ISIL must be made to pay back a whole scale price. Let your B52s do part of the job - at least ... Show your might to those bearded rats.
Berhanu G.
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Ethiopia
August 22, 2014
USA should cooperate with peace loving nations across the globe and act as one. The response is better to be strategical. Extremists' recent action implies the demise of their future ( would be) state!
Marvine W.
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United States
August 22, 2014
Caroline, you are mistaken. Obama has started several new wars, most notably in Libya, by continuing the "regime change" policy of Tony Blair and George W. Bush. This policy has also brought chaos and bloodshed to Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, and other nations.

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