The murder of James Wright Foley by an ISIS operator electrified the internet. If you have not seen the video, you can find it here, at LiveLeak. This is a horrific image. I only recommend watching it for one reason–to appreciate the evil of what we are fighting.

I listen in amazement to the media justifying why they won’t show the image. Well, you can use the same excuse to not show images of the Nazi Holocaust. It is important, in my mind, that people be exposed to the harsh, ugly reality. Averting our eyes and covering our ears is the road to ignorance.

This evil must be fought with eyes wide open. Shame on Obama for heading to the golf course rather than exhibiting a smidgen of leadership in the battle against ISIS>

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.