Freelance Journalist Killed

 At a time when so many Americans are talking about protecting boarders, and only taking care of ourselves,  there are many who are still reaching past boarders to shine a light on suffering, injustice, and oppression throughout the world.   James Wright Foley, freelance journalist, was one such person. 

Foley was kidnapped in Syria on our Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012, and beheaded by ISIS on August 19, 2014 to send a political message to President Obama and Americans regarding the air support in Iraq fighting. 

No legitimate news service would encourage a journalist to risk his freedom and life by going into an area where reporters are in danger.  As a freelance journalist, Foley was not sent into danger, but went because he felt the story is important and needs to be told.  Foley used his skills to shine a light on the suffering, and truth of the conflict to the world.  He did this because he valued truth, and  justice, and because this is the only way to create change in the world.  

Perhaps people who do not live in a free society can not understand why anyone would put themselves into a potentially dangerous situation in spite of State Department Warnings!  This is the idealism of the Fourth Estate.  It is the highest calling of the press to watch for and inform all people abuses of power by the first and second estate.  The first estate is the church or the clergy, and the second estate is the ruling class (nobility). Abuses by the first and second estates will always adversely affect the third estate,  the common people.  The fifth estate is the underclass, which can affect people, but are not policymakers. 

It is no wonder Iraq and Syria are two of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists, since the first two estates claim to be the same thing. 

I have such pride in American journalists like James Wright Foley.  May he rest in peace.

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