No easy way

Published 7:00 am Thursday, August 21, 2014

There are days when my social media newsfeeds are filled with nothing but a myriad of political opinions, ranging from political cartoons to news articles that may or may not be based on facts.

I have friends who support President Barack Obama and I have friends who long for the days of President George W. Bush and some don’t care for any political party at all. 

I like to consider myself a political “atheist.”

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I really have yet to find a political party that I feel deserves my support. 

I cast my votes based on a candidate’s campaign and his or her political history, not their party affiliation. 

However, one story caught my eye yesterday. 

It was the alleged beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by the Islamic militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Apparently, there is a video depicting this gruesome act of horror and authorities are verifying its authenticity.

As a member of the media, this type of action gives me cause for worry. This man was just doing his job.

According to an article on, Foley reported independently from the Middle East for five years. 

It is saddening to see innocent people get caught in the crossfire between terrorists and global leaders. The beheading is reported to be in response to the U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq to counter the threat from ISIS.

I do not envy our President’s, nor any other world leader’s, positions. 

If we back down from fights, we appear weak, but if we continue to fight, countless soldiers and innocent people like Foley are at risk.

Of course, there is the risk of an attack on the United States, our home. Some people believe they know all the answers and how to solve these problems, but there just doesn’t seem to be an easy answer to all of this. The only suggestion I have is to pray our leaders make the best and most well-informed decisions that benefit the safety our soldiers, our journalists and our fellow Americans.