Wretched Islamic Rats Behead U.S. Journalist as a Warning to America

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Not since the murder of Daniel Pearl has the country been so disgusted by the lengths to which Islamic militants will go to get their message across. On Tuesday, video was released by the Islamic State showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Foley had been missing since the waning months of 2012, having been rumored captured by pro-regime forces in Syria.

Before killing him, ISIS had Foley recite a statement denouncing U.S. policy in the Middle East. Most experts have already concluded that Foley was almost certainly under duress when making the statement, which called the U.S. the “real killers” and blamed his imminent death on the government’s “complacency and criminality.”

It’s on occasions like this when liberals find themselves twisted into knots over the right response. When there are videos online clearly demonstrating the barbaric depths to which these Islamic animals will sink, it becomes harder and harder to preach a message of appeasement. Even the pansiest of left-wingers can find their spine when confronted with this kind of evil.

Well, ok, that’s not true. Consider Elizabeth Warren, a dark-horse Democratic candidate for 2016, and what she said about the growing threat in Iraq a couple of weeks ago:

“It’s a complicated situation right now in Iraq and the president has taken very targeted actions to provide humanitarian relief that the Iraqi government requested, and to protect American citizens. But like the president I believe that any solution in Iraq is going to be a negotiated solution, not a military solution. We do not want to be pulled into another war in Iraq.”

A negotiated solution. It defies credulity that anyone could look at the video of Foley’s death and believe that we can negotiate with these sick murderers. Not only does such a thought fly in the face of common sense, it is a treasonous abdication of one of America’s most enduring principles: we do not negotiate with terrorists.

Of course, those kinds of hard-and-fast rules don’t mean much in this age of weak leadership. Why, it was less than a season ago that Obama was doing just that, trading some of the Taliban’s most dangerous strategists in exchange for a captive soldier. Why wouldn’t ISIS think that a president with as little backbone as Obama might be willing to call off U.S. attacks if they issued him a hard ultimatum? It’s the thing with the illegal immigrants all over again. Weak policy emboldens the enemy.

It remains to be seen how the president will respond to this galvanizing video. Liberals are, of course, yelling that we need to stay out of it, even as ISIS rips their way through the genocide of religious and ethnic minorities halfway across the world. It wouldn’t be the least bit shocking if Obama followed their advice. In the meantime, this army of fanatical psychos grows stronger by the day. I hope we don’t have to wait for something worse to happen before stopping them.