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August 21, 2014

James Foley Did Not Die In Vain

What happened to James Foley is the unthinkable. But he is not gone: The memory of him, and those like him, drives me to be a better journalist, a better person. His brutal killing is terrifying, yes. It's impossible not to think, "This could have been any of us." But giving into fear is exactly what the Islamic State wants from us. It's a simple, effective weapon of war with which they've been driving out entire villages, drunk on blood-thirsty power. If the Islamic State, or any group or government for that matter, thinks intimidating, imprisoning and killing journalists will stop the truth from coming out, then they are sorely mistaken. James Foley did not die in vain.

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