global orphan

anonymous asked:

what do you know/think about the beheading of james foley?

I wanted to answer this with a much longer historical narrative, illuminating once more the numerous occasions where America’s imperialist foreign policy has been reminiscent of a hydra — upon whose head when is cut off sprouts another two. Inevitably, with each head striking back, no matter how dominating the sword-wielder, a few counterattacks will eventually hit their mark.

This is the case with Foley. It is not to say that Foley did anything wrong, but rather that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that, when placed in the larger context of US sponsored terrorism all over the world, such a retaliation should not be unexpected. It is, however, viewed with great shock because Western media does a fantastic job of erasing and ignoring the plethora of terrorism the US commits and supports every year.  

As the old euphemism goes, you reap what you sow. The death of James Foley was the result of a long line of US sanctioned and sponsored terrorist acts, from the invasion of Iraq, to the interference in Libya and Syria, to the over half a century of meddling and toppling governments throughout the Middle East. Throughout the Iraq War alone an estimated 1 million Iraqis were killed, 4.5 million displaced, 1-2 million widowed, and 5 million orphaned, as Global Research reported in ‘09.

Foley’s attack in this context was a culmination of hate and suspicion and doubt about the United States, with damn good reason. Americans have allowed their government to kill and brutalize those they do not like or do not care to understand. The beheading of Foley was the eventual result of that way of life and thinking. You cannot dominate an entire region and millions of people with impunity, without blowback. 

Like 9/11, the chickens came home to roost.