Moren til James Foley satte med få ord navn på det essensielle i sønnens grusomme død: Han ga sitt liv for å fortelle sannheten om det som skjer i Syria. Å drepe ham er meningsløst, da han ikke har noen innflytelse på amerikansk politikk i Midtøsten.

A message from Jim’s mom, Diane Foley:

We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.

We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.

We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.





More than 30 reporters—about half of them Westerners—have disappeared in Syria and are believed to be held by extremist forces. Westerners working for aid groups also have gone missing in Syria. More than 50 journalists have been killed since Syria’s civil war began in early 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Mr. Foley disappeared in November 2012 while working in northern Syria. His family and friends had mounted a campaign to keep Mr. Foley’s case in the public eye.