President Obama remembered journalist James Foley, and offered a stern condemnation of his Islamic State killers, who released a video of one of its members beheading Foley. He chastised its members for their ”cowardly acts of violence,” including murder, rape, and torture of Christians, Muslims, and others.
“No faith teaches people to massacre innocence,” he said from Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday afternoon. “No just god would stand for what they did yesterday, and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt.”
“People like this ultimately fail, they fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy, and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by this who killed him,” the president continued.
He gave assurance that the United States will continue to protect American interests, and do all it can to ensure justice for Foley.
He called the journalist “a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by his friends and family.”