The videotaped beheading of an American journalist by the so-called Islamic State is not an isolated act of extremism, or a case of a self-styled Caliphate “hijacking Islam.”
In fact, jihadists have been slitting their enemies’ throats for over 1,000 years in accordance with the dictates of shariah. Such terrifying violence helps advance the objective of imposing this supremacist Islamic program on everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
The fact that the voice of the perpetrator of James Foley’s murder suggests he is British is a further warning – if any is still needed – that those who embrace shariah are not confined to distant Middle Eastern nations.
It behooves us to root out from our midst such jihadists and those who enable them– as well as to defeat their counterparts elsewhere.