Let me start by being very clear. These journalists did not deserve this fate. They were brutally murdered by savages who have no respect for human life and will do anything no matter how vile it may be to further an agenda. They will murder and torture people to achieve their goal of global domination. They are in many ways similar to the Nazis, with one terrifying distinction. They put as little value on their own life as they do on others. That makes them harder to stop. So my hearts go out to the families of these two journalists and I hope they both rest in peace.
However, there is another point that needs to be made here and one that draws another comparison to the horrors committed by Nazi Germany. When the Nazis occupied Europe they were able to find Jewish people willing to be members of the “Judenrat”, the Jewish committees set up to administrate the activities and fates of the bulk of the Jewish populations. Many of the Judenrat’s members believed that by working with the Nazis they would suffer a better fate than those whose deportation and subsequent murder they were facilitating. It was not till most of their work had been completed that most of them would come to realize that they indeed would suffer the same fate and would be murdered at the hands of the Nazis.
It has been reported that both James Foley and Steven Sotloff were sympathetic to the Islamist cause. Perhaps they too felt that by showing a degree of solidarity and support they would be in a better position to survive the new horrors appearing on the horizon. If that was their vision, and I don’t know that it was, they too were shown to be tragically wrong. I am not indicting the two journalists by any means. Their deaths are tragedies and they were committed by barbaric murderers who are capable of unspeakable horrors. The message I am relaying to everyone is that if indeed people ever believe that by supporting Islamic extremists you are safe, understand that you will end up as safe as the members of the Judenrat and these 2 journalists.
As Winston Churchill once said: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” I hope James Foley and Steven Sotloff rest in peace, I also hope the world learns a lesson from their murders.
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