by Howard Portnoy
As devastating as was the beheading of American journalist James Foley, the grisly execution was just Act One in a protracted immorality play unfolding in part with the cooperation of the Obama administration. A report by the Telegraph (UK) notes that up to 20 Western hostages are being held by ISIS, the jihadi group that murdered Foley.
Supporters of the president will point to his speech on Wednesday as evidence of his resolve. “Let’s be clear about ISIL,” he said, before giving this “assurance”:
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.
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