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Obama condemns James Foley's murder

Obama condemns James Foley's murder

India Blooms News Service | 21 Aug 2014, 06:24 am
Washington, Aug 20 (IBNS): US President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the recorded beheading of James Foley and said the entire world is 'appalled' by the brutal murder of the American journalist by militant group ISIL.

Obama said: " Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL."

"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," he said.

He said ISIL spoke about no religion.

"So ISIL speaks for no religion.  Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.  No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.  ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings.  Their ideology is bankrupt.  They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior," Obama said.

The President said the US will continue "to do what we must do" to confront the militant group.

"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," he said.

"The people of Iraq, who with our support are taking the fight to ISIL, must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their communities.  The people of Syria, whose story Jim Foley told, do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists.  They have our support in their pursuit of a future rooted in dignity," Obama said.

Comparing the group with 'cancer, the US President said: "From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.  There has to be a clear rejection of these kind of nihilistic ideologies.  One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century."

The militant group video taped the beheading of the journalist and then published it on the Internet.

 

Image: Wikimedia Commons
 

Obama condemns James Foley's murder

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