CHICAGO - Once a language arts teacher at the Cook County Sheriff's boot camp program, journalist James Foley was violently executed by Muslim ISIS extremists Tuesday in Iraq.
Foley was a freelance war journalist and had been captured and imprisoned for two years before his death by beheading. In the video of his execution, ISIS warned the U.S. that the fate of a second American journalist depended upon President Obama's response to their actions.
A year before being captured in Iraq in 2012, Foley was captured and imprisoned by Muslim extremists in Libya for 44 days. After being released, he came back to Chicago and retold his story during a 2011 visit to Chicago's Medill School of Journalism.
During the interview, Foley said that risk-taking in war reporting is something that should be carefully studied. Foley was asked - only two weeks after being released - "Was there anything you would re-do?"
Foley's response is at the 36:30 mark in a YouTube posted by Medill:
"The risk-taking was ratcheted up - this is something that you have to be careful about. ...You have a close call, you really need to look at that, you know. That's pure luck that you didn't get killed there. Pure luck. And you need to either change your behavior right there, or you shouldn't be doing this.
It's not worth your life, it's not worth leaving your mother, brother, sister bawling, and worrying about your grandmother dying while you're in prison. It's not worth these things. It's not worth your life no matter what romantic ideal you have, no matter what ethic you think you have, it's never worth that, you know? I'm 37 years old, I should have known it a long time ago."