THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
LABOR CONDEMNS BEHEADING
WEDNESDAY, 20 AUGUST 2014
The beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State shows the extreme brutality and disregard for human life of the terrorist group.
The family and friends of the journalist, James Foley, must be greatly distressed at the news, and the way it has been broadcast. Federal Labor offers them our condolences and sympathy.
This atrocity illustrates the terrible risks faced more generally by foreign correspondents reporting in war zones.
Mr Foley’s life is just one of hundreds of thousands to have been lost in Syria and now Iraq, but it highlights graphically the extreme and shocking tactics used by IS.
This event reinforces the need for an urgent solution to the conflict in Syria and Iraq.