ISIS' Final Email to James Foley Family: Filled With Threats to America

Here is the final email ISIS sent to the family of journalist James Wright Foley, who was executed this week. As for the reasons for disclosing it:

The Foley family has agreed to release the email from Foley’s captors. GlobalPost has chosen to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim's story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State.

The full text of the email is below: [More...]


A message to the American government and their sheep like citizens:

We have left you alone since your disgraceful defeat in Iraq. We did not interfere in your country or attack your citizens while they were safe in their homes despite our capability to do so!

As for the scum of your society who are held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE EATEN!

You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,
We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in.

You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in “Arabic translation” when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!
Now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and “proxy armies”, all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!


You do not spare our weak, elderly, women or children so we will NOT spare yours!

You and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings!

The first of which being the blood of the American citizen, James Foley!

He will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!

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    I don't (1.00 / 1) (#4)
    by lentinel on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 02:34:21 AM EST
    get the impression that many, or any, will share my sentiments...
    but I think that, once again, we have taken sides in the conflict of another country. And this time, we have engaged a ruthless enemy who has now threatened us at home.

    I do not for a moment believe that our intervention is based on humanitarianism.

    I do not believe that our involvement can be contained as promised by President Obama. Indeed there are already more "advisors" being despatched, and calls for bombing in Syria.

    I think that our actions have unnecessarily placed us in great danger. It also assures the continued diversion of our resources from the needs of our citizens to the needs of our politicians, their ideological supporters, their media and propaganda outlets and their corporate financiers.

    Actually (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 10:45:48 PM EST
    He was executed as a direct result of no ransom being paid.  
    The sick self righteous psychopaths might at least have the decency to admit that they are really in it for the money and drop the grandiose bullsh!t.

    Maybe (none / 0) (#3)
    by lentinel on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 02:22:06 AM EST
    we could have raised the ransom and saved his life...

    I wish people wouldn't say "executed"... (none / 0) (#2)
    by crimebird on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 11:18:42 PM EST
    but just simply "murdered"...Just like they shouldn't say he was "captured" but "kidnapped" or "abducted." Using terms like executed and captured to describe crimes like these dresses them up with the legitimacy enjoyed by recognized nation states...which despite its pretensions, the ISIS is definitely not. We don't say the Manson family "executed" its victims. We shouldn't use the same quasi-official sounding language to dignify the acts of people who cut the heads off of completely helpless and innocent victims. Just call acts like that what they are...murder.

    there is a distinction between capture and kidnap (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 03:15:08 AM EST
    in war. If one is taken by the enemy on the battlefield, it's a capture, not a kidnap. This was an issue among journalists when discussing the potential capture of the Israeli solder during a fight. The mainstream media quickly abandoned use of the word "kidnap" and began using "capture."

    An execution is a state-sanctioned killing. The dictionary defines it as "the carrying out of a sentence of death on a condemned person." ISIS says it is a state, not an organization. It condemned Foley to death. It also condemns spies and apostates to death. These killings by ISIS are properly called executions.

    Would you also object to the use of the term assassination?  It's also a "murder" but the dictionary defines it as "to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person."

    When there is a more specific word that applies, be it assassination, execution, etc. there is no reason not to use it.


    I agree that if Foley had (none / 0) (#6)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 06:19:57 AM EST
    been captured during a battle then captured would be correct.

    But ISIS is not a state no matter what they claim so they murder. They do not execute.


    An execution is a sort of ritual murder (none / 0) (#7)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 06:27:22 AM EST
    and is what happened to the founder of Christianity.  From The Devils Disciple, by B. B. Shaw:

    RICHARD. Answer for your own will, sir, and those of your accomplices here (indicating Burgoyne and Swindon): I see little divinity about them or you. You talk to me of Christianity when you are in the act of hanging your enemies. Was there ever such blasphemous nonsense! (To Swindon, more rudely) You've got up the solemnity of the occasion, as you call it, to impress the people with your own dignity--Handel's music and a clergyman to make murder look like piety! Do you suppose I am going to help you? You've asked me to choose the rope because you don't know your own trade well enough to shoot me properly. Well, hang away and have done with it.

    SWINDON (to the chaplain). Can you do nothing with him, Mr. Brudenell?

    CHAPLAIN. I will try, sir. (Beginning to read) Man that is born of woman hath--

    RICHARD (fixing his eyes on him). "Thou shalt not kill."

    The book drops in Brudenell's hands.