For those within the Bush Administration that failed to see history, they invaded Iraq with the premise that without a brutal dictator, the Iraqis would embrace democracy, something no one in the Middle East believes in, with the exception of Israel, which most Jews were European for decades after being massacred and run off their Arab lands in the Middle East long ago. Saddam Hussein as evil as he was, was a dictator, who managed to keep the ONLY Arab country in the Middle East with three-sects of Muslims essentially scared of him, and afraid to war with each other. Once he was removed, Iraq became the battleground it has been for thousands of years prior to Saddam Hussein, and ISIS is a terrorist organization which did NOT, nor would have a home in Iraq if the Hussein regime still existed.
Somehow Americans who can be brutal, racist and bigoted against each other, has this unending desire to spread something around the world, that we don’t even live in our own home. This farce has to come to an end, especially the attitude of invading every nation with this “humanitarian” message, which our enemies nor our friends believe. The Europeans and Asians and Australians have lived in horror as the GOP has shown its racist side over the past 6-years, talking in 1800s terminology about the first half-African American President of the United States, the same way they treated the rest of us for centuries in this country. The moral authority of going to war again in Iraq is laughable, and also not something the American people want or can afford again. So, for all the right-wingers who complain that the President didn’t invade Iraq soon enough, remember, none of this would be occurring if the his predecessor had any historical knowledge of Iraq in the first place.
During WW I, England and France foolishly believed they could conquer and colonize Iraq as well. For movie and book buffs, anyone who watched read “Lawrence of Arabia,” you’d remember that the British and French were grateful to hand the cesspool of a nation right back to the ungrateful nation they tried to help. The Iraq problem will be OUR problem for decades to come, because arrogant and foolish hard-hearted and soft-headed Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld failed to listen to Colin Powell, when he said, “If we break it, we own it!” But, we all know why Powell, the only one in the Administration who was a military man, once a soldier, a retired Four-Star General wasn’t listened to. It’s the same reason this President is NOT listened to by the so-called religious right wingers. Somehow they wouldn’t listen to the real Jesus, who they claim to love as well, if they realized he was a Palestinian Jew, not a Nordic man from Northern Europe, as the so-called Christian chures, artists, and Hollywood has been forced to portray him for 2,000-years, fearing a backlash from the very bigots they need to pander to in order to make a living.
A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.
Separately, Foley’s family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they “have never been prouder of him.”
“He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” said the statement, which was attributed to Foley’s mother, Diane Foley. She implored the militants to spare the lives of other hostages. “Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.”
The statement was posted on a Facebook page called “Find James Foley,” which his family has used a number of times since his November 2012 disappearance. Earlier Tuesday, a red-eyed but gracious Diane Foley said the family would not have an immediate statement when approached at her home by an Associated Press reporter. A priest arrived at the home several hours later.
Foley, a 40-year-old journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, went missing in northern Syria while freelancing for Agence France-Presse and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. The car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a contested battle zone that both Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. He had not been heard from since.
The video released on websites Tuesday appears to show the increasing sophistication of the Islamic State group’s media arm and begins with scenes of President Barack Obama explaining his decision to order airstrikes.
It then cuts to a bald man in an orange jumpsuit kneeling in the desert, next to a black-clad militant with a knife to his throat. Foley’s name appears in both English and Arabic graphics on screen, and he is wearing a clip-on microphone as he begins his statement. The scene is captured on at least two video cameras and has been edited in a professional style.
At the end of the video, a militant shows a second man, who was identified as another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he could be next captive killed. Sotloff was kidnapped near the Syrian-Turkish border in August 2013 and freelanced for Time, the National Interest and MediaLine.
One U.S. official said the video appeared to be authentic, and two other U.S. officials said the victim was Foley. All three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the killing by name.
Maybe in the new generation, Americans will not put leaders in office who have as little historical knowledge as Americans do themselves.