The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State jihadists was a heinous act, made more so by the public distribution of a video that depicts the whole hideous scene.
The militants threaten to repeat their medieval punishment if the United States continues to rain down missiles on the supposed caliphate’s march to domination. The life of another kidnapped American journalist is immediately at stake. The lives of another family stand to be shattered in heartbreak.
The intentional killing of innocents surely counts as a crime of war. But who will ever prosecute?
Blaming President Barack Obama for their revenge killing only reveals the brutal, incomprehensible and cowardly nature of these rogue Muslims.
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What the world needs right now is not to put the burden of every irrational, violent act on the shoulders of the United States. We have been called back to duty in a hugely complicated circumstance in a broken nation. And our role in Iraq may very well expand from here. “We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” Obama declared in his brief public comment on Wednesday.
There are voices in the Middle East we need to hear more from in denouncing the ugly execution made in the name of a distorted brand of Islam. The Islamic State terrorists have slaughtered thousands of innocent Muslims, too.
The leaders of Iran, for example, and Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other Muslim countries should not hesitate to step forward and display some moral courage by condemning and taking action against the killers who are destabilizing the region at their doorsteps.
Perhaps some among them can exert influence on the breakaway army that has caused alarm and grief throughout the civilized world.