James Foley and Steven Sotloff

These two young men were doing their best to keep us informed. They knew the danger and no amount of money could ever pay them enough for the service, yes service, they performed in reporting events that impact us and so should cause us to act. Although they wore no uniforms, I thank them for their service.

They were executed for revealing the truth. They are not alone. Michael Hastings (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hastings_(journalist ) ) was a journalist as well.  “Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans”, was published by BuzzFeed on June 7. That was to be his last article. His Mercedes, which contained electric throttle, electrically assisted brakes, and electrically assisted steering crashed into a tree in a quiet neighborhood in Los Angeles and burst into flames on June 18, 2013. The control systems on his car were computer controlled and subject to cyber attack from a distance.

Gary Webb (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Webb ) was another journalist who met an untimely death. He had made connections between the CIA and Nicaraguan Contras and the crack cocaine epidemic in U.S. cities. His last story was The Killing Game, about video games being used as recruiting tools by the military. That same year, 2004, he was found dead with two gunshot wounds to the back of his head. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.

Journalists are sometimes not well liked. Islamic State is not alone in their gruesome way of dealing with troublesome individuals. Our ally, Saudi Arabia, has beheaded 23 people this year. Four of them for trafficking in hashish and one of them for practicing sorcery.

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2 responses to “James Foley and Steven Sotloff

  1. Not sure if these beheadings were because these two were journalists. Nicholas Berg and Owen Eugene Armstrong were not journalists. I think the primary reasons were: 1) these two made themselves easily available for capture, 2) they were Americans, and 3) they were infidels. Being journalists might come-in as a distant fourth reason.

    Saudi Arabia has always used beheadings for certain crimes. They also have always used punishment by amputation . These are both religious and culturally based methods of punishment. In fact, one could argue that beheadings (more specifically, use of the guillotine) are a more “humane” method of execution versus shooting chemicals into the condemned person’s blood stream, at least based on recent reports of U.S. lethal injection executions.

    • Yea. Especially when they can’t even find a vein. Maybe they should hire a junkie to do it.

      A friend of mine pointed out that capital punishment as described by the Bible was carried out by a survivor of the victim. I wouldn’t be so opposed to capital punishment in that case. And if there were no victimless crimes that would help as well.

      Good points on the recent beheadings not being because of their occupations. Those IS remind me of the Khmer Rouge.

      On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM, alternativebyfritz wrote:

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