Reflections on James Foley, Daniel Pearl, Lee Rigby, Theo van Gogh, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, and the next person to call for closing Gitmo

Upon reading of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, I immediately thought of Daniel Pearl, the WSJ reporter killed in the same horrific manner in 2002. Yet curiously, in all the coverage about Foley, I didn’t see one reference to Pearl.

We forget. Sometimes we choose to forget; other times we do so purposely, because the truth is far to painful to contemplate. And many of our elected leaders purposely forget, because to remember  means the total repudiation of their false beliefs, and the lies they have told us for years.

The White House called Foley’s death, “appalling.”  That is a descriptor far better applied to Obama. His behavior , his policies, have been appalling.

Lee Rigby might be a name some recall. The young British soldier, recently returned from Afghanistan, was killed, and nearly beheaded, in broad daylight, in London by two Muslim fanatics.

Theo van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker, whose work was highly critical of Muslims, especially after  9/11. His short film, “Submission” explored the dark world of Muslim exploitation and cruelty to women.  For this, he was stabbed, and nearly beheaded,  in broad daylight, in Amsterdam, by a Muslim fanatic.

I doubt if anyone will remember Frabrizio Quattrocchi. He was an Italian security agent kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq,  on video, in 2004. He refused his captors demands to criticize his country, and his last words were “I’ll show you how a brave Italian dies.”


“Lest we forget” is a saying that took hold in Great Britain and the Commonwealth after WW I.  It is a plea not to forget past sacrifices.  It’s taken from the poem “Recessional”  by Rudyard Kipling.

We are forgetting. We do so at our great peril. Possibly, just possibly..Foley’s death will cause us to remember, and to elect leaders who will not forget.

The other day, I read some report listing the names of several dozen Islamic terrorist groups. We spend more time cataloging these fanatics, worrying about what ISIS, or ISIL,  or whatever, is calling itself these days. than we do about how to defeat them.

They are all one and the same.. They are all pure evil. They must be destroyed, expunged, obliterated.

I eagerly await the comments from the next person to call for closing Guantanamo; telling us to bring these savages into the US for trial, or to repatriate them to Muslim countries where they will supposedly be “monitored.”

Enough is enough. Period.

Note: The text of “Recessional” is below. It is worth reading, and remembering.


God of our fathers, known of old—
Lord of our far-flung battle line—
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies—
The Captains and the Kings depart—
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away—
On dune and headland sinks the fire—
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe—
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!






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