James Foley’s mother said that her son’s beheading at the hands of Islamic State terrorists demonstrated why Foley had decided to go into war journalism.
“Jim is just innocent and they knew it,” Mrs. Foley told reporters matter-of-factly during a press conference. “It’s that hatred that Jim was against. . . . One of the reasons he was drawn to conflict journalism was because of his brother’s in the military.”
Mrs. Foley emphasized that her son “would not want us to hate or be bitter” and that her family was “praying for the strength to love like he did.”