James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed.

Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. For the most Foley only mentioned Syrian Christians when he was promoting the myth that the Sunni Jihadists were actually a secular democracy-loving force that incorporated Christians and Kurds on equal terms.

Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He was a vehement advocate and while he didn’t necessarily side with any single group, he echoed the one sided narrative rather than telling the truth about the Islamists. His Twitter feed was full of urgings to arm the Jihadists.

Meanwhile he sneered at America’s War on Terror.

He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-Sunni Syrian terrorist propaganda.

When Newsweek’s Muslim Rage cover story came out, Foley mocked it too. Raging Muslims. How silly and Islamophobic.

(Note: Tweets not by Foley were retweeted by him.)

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(The Al Nusra Front is an Al Qaeda group now part of ISIS)

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(The journalists are Hamas)

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  • 121212121212

    Foley the typical liberal did not believe in good and evil, well he found out, idiot.

  • mahdi

    he took a picture of alqaeda flag in his tweeter and a picture of 50 captured men.

  • Demoivre

    A leftist “useful idiot” if there ever was one.

  • Europeannonjew

    Why do journalists think that siding with the enemy of israel, Jews, Christians will spare them ?
    You would think a journalist would do some research and find out, islam s evil and islam loves useful idiots best.

  • JDsHandsomeSon

    The reason Americans feel so insecure is that they know our country is now being run by misguided self-professed so-called intellectuals that default to sympathizing with our enemies. During the cold war, including the 1962 Cuban crisis Americans also felt threatened, but they at least knew that the partisans of that time were all on the side of our survival and victory over our adversaries. Not so now. Only because he and his allies in government are being watched does Obama have to give the appearances of protecting America. He is not one of us and it has nothing to do where he was born. Let us stipulate he was born beneath the Liberty Bell. How he was raised and who weaned him is what made him foreign born and hostile to the U.S.

    • LuluB

      The privileged children of Northeastern academics and intellectuals are particularly vulnerable to this. They live in a “Norman Rockwell” World, while their parents have bank accounts that could fund a flashier lifestyle in Beverly Hills and Dubai, with lots left over.

      They want for nothing, without realizing it, they are very protected, protected from the grotesqueness of how wealth is displayed in most places around The World and the truth about power struggles and poverty. They think they grew-up in a “Mayberry”, even though they and many of their peers have parents worth millions, if not billions.

      They build naive ideals, that could only be baked up when all you have to do is think and “experience”, without having to do hard work. How does a young person afford to travel The World, just to take pictures? Or play music, make art, be a humanitarian worker? You need to, either, be bankrolled by a family member or private organization (or someone who just finds you pleasant to look at) or join a college group. Very few of these people who make it to art school or get a photography fellowship, were working at a factory, farm or stocking shelves at “Walmart”, during college.

      So, it’s not always intentional but these Northeastern children of Doctors, Professors, Bankers and Diplomats, are so innocent — they don’t know any better. They don’t know what it’s like to have a creative, humanitarian or business whim and have to earn the way to realization; that’s what wealth and connections are for.

      That naivete and expansive trust, is carried with them wherever they go. They just assume people will always know they mean well and even care that they do.

  • Yabba_Dabba

    Anyone know if Mr. Foley was affiliated with Journ-o-list, either the old one or much bigger new one? I refuse to blame him for his atrocious murder, but we need to run this subversive cabal to ground. I am convinced they are all simply Democratic funded and coordinated operatives… His purpose in Syria appeared mainly to reinforce Obama’s “Arab Spring” lies…

  • TotallyPeeved

    And that is why I have posted all over the internet that he was a treasonous coward and he gets no sympathy from me. I am a fat old grandmother and I will not go out on my knees spewing koranimal propaganda. I will be biting and kicking at ball sacks. (small target I know)

    All of the videos we have of koranimals doing these evil things should be running 24/7 on all networks until is sinks in to the idiots what pisslam IS.

  • Kansas_City

    Could not tell if Mr. Greenfield’s piece is fair and accurate. Seems pretty harsh and comments not very informative. Could someone with more knowledge tell me if the piece is accurate in how it characterizes Mr. Foley?

    • glennm

      damn your lying eyes, eh?

  • Janet Ann

    In 2011 while being held captive in Libya … in a letter James Foley share how his Christian faith gave him strength to endure. However … following his release he embraced an Islamic mindset. Foley did not get it. He learned the hard way that when all is said and done Islamic extremists do not spare the infidel … even the demi infidel. It is my prayer that while being held captive by ISIS in Syria/Iraq Foley bowed and reached up to Christ.

    2011 letter shows how James Foley’s faith gave him strength
    August 20, 2014

    James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, once wrote that while held captive in Libya he prayed the rosary on his knuckles and was given strength by the knowledge that a prayer vigil was being held at his alma mater, Marquette University. The article published in Marquette Magazine in 2011 shortly after Foley was released,along with two colleagues, in Libya, focused on how prayer and faith helped him get through the ordeal.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/20/james-foley-beheading-2011-letter-shows-how-journalist-faith-gave-him-strength/

  • GeorgeJ1967

    Would be rather ironic if it turns out if Foley thought he was merely role-playing a propaganda video for his “captors,” believing that it would end with merely a threat, and found out only at the last minute that it was not a stunt.

    In any case, lie down with dogs, get up with…out a head.

  • allchildren1991

    Yeah, I wish for his sake and ours that James Foley had just stayed Stateside and taken a holiday from his mixed up politics. Reminds me of all the Russian communists murdered in various purges for not being communist enough or for, really, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Kansas_City

    Sounds clearly anti-Israel, and liberal, but can’t tell much from the rest of it. Did not see much anti-American — just opposed the war as a liberal. Can someone tell me if Mr. Greenfield’s characterization of him is fair and accurate?

    • Heidi

      Why must we support Israel?
      Oh that’s right, anyone who doesn’t is a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

  • glennm

    this guy lost his head long before it was cut off

  • NonSense

    Well.. suddenly I’m god damn satisfied they chopped his head off

  • beniyyar

    I only speak good of the dead, James Foley is dead, good!

  • 5JimBob

    Poor Mr. Foley. His last words included the phrase: “I wish I wasn’t an American”. Apparently he held that wish for some time before he was murdered.

    Still, for those who seem to be pleased by his killing at the hand of (presumably) a British jihadi member of IS, he was murdered because he was an American, and that’s the way we should remember his death.

    Killing these people (the IS) isn’t a matter of revenge, its a matter of self-preservation for the rest of us. Moderate Muslims had better realize this central fact as well.

    • Harlan Hikaru Fox

      I’m not sure they’re so much “Moderate” as they are “Lazy”, as in too lazy to pick up a scimitar and start sawing off heads themselves.

    • Mudpuppy

      A “moderate” Muslim is the guy handing the “radical” Muslim the ammunition.

    • Heidi

      Yes, a Black “Brit” because in the age of diversity we cannot list his color, nor origins. He’s an African.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    “Right-wing extremism is as deadly a threat as Al-Qaeda.”
    Well, I guess he had to learn the hard way that he was wrong on that one.

    • D-Undertaker

      He was dead wrong on that one…lol

  • chelmer

    His usefulness as a American beheadee exceeded his usefulness as an advocate. It reminds me of the story you wrote about how converts to Islam are the ones who are the most popular choices to kill themselves: without tribal, family or personal connections, they’re expendable. No emotional loss there.

    I read with amusement comments that you “smeared” Foley by publishing his tweets: sort of the way the Gentle Giant was smeared by showing video of him in action robbing a store. It makes sense from a Leftist perspective: there are no facts, just politics, so a fact that proves a point I don’t agree with is a smear.

  • Patrolman Kato

    Kids…you paid a high price buddy!

  • cecil91

    Liberals get it wrong most of the time, which is tragically apparent here. It’s difficult to understand how someone on the ground within the conflict itself could misinterpret his surroundings so grievously. The worst flaw of zealous Leftists is the inability to think outside their ideological cage.

    • CrazyDutchwoman

      Liberals and politicians get it wrong and the ones that suffer are we.

  • D-Undertaker

    May he RIP. He was killed because he was American, so all Americans should learn the lesson he refused (despite being abducted by Libyans once) to learn. He kept supporting like a good leftist liberal the ones who would hate the civilized world proper. I think he got his final answer on the people he praised again and again. His last words he accepted to say when he died, were not that different from the way he thought in real life about Americas and Israels action towards the Islamic terrorists! No wonder many leftist arabs or others who thought like him wanted to “black out” this news, with so called no propaganda for iS, actually they all felt guilty that they encouraged him on and his likes! He seemed to go back and forth on who was really guilty on the war on terror. Now he knows.

  • Mudpuppy

    “Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists.” As opposed to “journalists” calling themselves activists?

    “Any human life lost is tragic”. Not true. Anytime a Muslim dies, it is cause for celebration.

    Foley didn’t deserve to die like that, but well, karma, eh?

  • inachu

    The only violent muslims that would accept americans with open arms is the Fattah gangs. So the gangs must be members of Fattah or their last names must be Fattah. In a rating of 1 to 5 with 1 being the most violent which ISIS is then Fattah would be a 4. I think maybe the Fattah members might be the bankers of ISIS.

  • CrazyDutchwoman

    Yes I am absolutely sure you are missing one.If JF had no idea what those guys could do there he sucked as a journalist. Oh it is so easy to blame anyone else but yourself. Nobody but the islamists did this to James Foley and maybe he did it to himself for believing in their crap. People that blame anybody but the killers make me so sick.

  • Heidi

    Why would a ‘strormfronter’ support a faux opposition group? Anyone that has been studying how these groups have evolved know that they are funded by Israel and the West. Can you say “Greater Israel” coming into being?

    Why else would ‘we’ be bombing civilians, except to steal their land and resources?

    • inachu

      Isis who wants to build a caliphate is being funded by Israel. Ok yeah sure.
      If ISrael can have their Biblical lands back then let the muslim have their Caliphate. Fair is fair.

  • OneManITDept

    Well…good riddance to bad rubbish:)

  • doramin

    Let’s keep in mind that it was supposedly the “good” Syrians who arrested Foley and then sold him to ISIS?

    I’m still wondering how the VICE kidz managed to pull off their reporting coup and make it out alive. Presumably the fact that correspondents and crew were themselves all Arab Sunnis had a lot to do with it.