Islamic State (IS) has recently warned the US that attacking their fighters with airstrikes will result in the US ‘drowning in (its) own blood’. We all know IS does not have even the remotest capability to wage war on the US, so the below video is about as literal as the IS threat will ever be.
It is very clear in watching this video that the IS militants are not your usual blood thirsty savages. The video released by IS is a very considered political and purposeful message to the West. Not only in what the victim, James Foley, says prior to his beheading, but by what we don’t see. The video is sanitised. It is ready for airplay by western media outlets on their hourly news bulletins. Only the scene showing James Foley’s head on his body would require pixelation before broadcast.
There is no scream of ‘Allah u Akbar’, there is no terrible music, there is no fountain of blood. What we have is a well considered, planned, filmed, edited and packaged product. The production is designed to demonstrate to you, the viewer, that IS forces are very much in control of their territory, their leadership are not mere goat herders, and they have the ability to be articulate in putting together a message for the world as to who they are, what they are capable of, and what they want. In their own Extremist way, they are attempting to demonstrate legitimacy. Not necessarily for your benefit, but for Muslims around the world.
As to the victim, James Foley. His statement before his death was probably written for him and spoken under duress of some form. James knew he was going to die, but it is quite likely he was threatened with some unpleasant things he thought were best to avoid. That or he agreed with the statements. Regardless, I pay tribute to James Foley as a freelance journalist who worked in some of the most dangerous places in the world with the mission to document history as it happened and provide insight to stories below the scratches mainstream media make.
It takes courage to do that job, and James Foley demonstrated he had what it took by dying like a man when his time came. How many of you could lay claim to being able to maintain such a stoic and upright posture in the face of what he knew he was about to endure. Kudos to you James Foley, Rest is Peace.