World 'Appalled' by James Foley's Murder, Obama Says

The president comments on the beheading death of American journalist James Foley.
3:00 | 08/20/14

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Transcript for World 'Appalled' by James Foley's Murder, Obama Says
Today the entire world is appalled. By the brutal murder Jim Foley by the terrorist group -- -- as a journalist. Whose son. A brother. And a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. -- taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria and it was. Courageously reporting of the time on the conflict there. -- was taken from us an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world. He was forty years old. -- -- five siblings. The son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release. Earlier today I spoke to the -- and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss and join them. In honoring Jim and all that he did. -- Jim Foley's life stands in stark contrast. To his killers. Let's be clear but -- They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent on armed civilians and cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children. -- subject them to torture and rape. And slavery. -- murdered Muslims. Both Sunni and -- by the thousands. The target Christians and religious minorities. Driving them from their homes. Murdering them when they can't. For no other reason. -- day. -- -- -- -- They declare their ambition to commit genocide. Against an -- people. So -- soul speaks for an all religion. The victims are overwhelmingly Muslim. And no faith teaches people the massacre in -- No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single. Parcel has no ideology. Of any value -- human beings. Cardiology is bankrupt. They may claim. Out of expediency Rivera -- -- the United States. For the west but the fact is -- terror -- their neighbors. And offer them nothing but an analyst slavery to the -- division. And the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior. And people like this. Ultimately failed. They fail because futures -- by those who build and not destroyed. In the world was shaped by people like Jim forward. -- the overwhelming majority of humanity were appalled by those who kill them. The United States Americo -- will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere. We do what's necessary to see the justice is done. And we act against -- standing alongside others. The people of Iraq -- with our support -- -- in the fight -- Must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their community -- The people of Syria the story. Jim Foley told. Do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists. Never support in their pursuit. In the future rooted in dignity. From governments and peoples across the Middle East. They're asked to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread. That's to be a clear rejection. Of these kind of nihilistic. Ideology it's. One thing we can all agree on is that a group like arsenal has no place. In the 41 -- Friends and allies around the world. We share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday. And we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope. And stability. That's what Jim Foley stood for. The man who lived his work. Who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings. Who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today the American people -- say a prayer for those who -- Jim. All of us feel the -- of his absence. All of us mourn his loss. We keep in our prayers those other Americans were separated from their families. We will do everything that we can to protect our people. And the timeless values that we stand for. May god bless and -- -- memory and may god bless the United States of America.

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