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The beheading in Syria in poetic fashion

Updated on December 25, 2016
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

Perhaps we should wait and see what the President's plans are before criticizing him.

The young American reporter

dressed in red, hands bound behind his back

In a kneeling position

The hooded Isaac terrorist killer

standing by his side

holding a mechete

Soon he will remove the head of the young thirty one year old captive

The gruesome scene is filmed as planned

and displayed on telivision for the whole world to see

Should America remain passive and inactive

or should we stand tall

and become super interactive?

We have a choice

We can look the other way

or we can use military intervention.

I watched President Obama yesterday as the pundits were criticizing him for nonintervention.

I remember well the day his select force killed Osama Bin Laden.

We later learned that he had been diligently working behind the scene.

Perhaps it's time we wait and see.

Instead of passing judgement let's remember the past

and trod softly

We might receive a belated surprise.


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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Such a terrible thing! Twice now and probably more.

      I can't comprehend such violence, especially in the name of religion but then we've seen it all before.

      I fervently hope that something is done but I'm not sure that more violence is the answer. I do know that this violence is intolerable.

      Our leaders have a huge burden but at the moment none seems strong enough to have the answer.

      Well done for your treatment of this subject, a difficult one to broach.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I tend to agree with you, Ruby. The knee jerk reaction is to just go bomb someone, but I think we need a more detailed plan to cut the head off the snake once and for all. I do believe this war on terrorism will continue for decades unless we devise a strategy that will make sense for decades...if that means having no economic dealings with Arab nations, fine....isolate from their affairs completely...fine...but to immediately think we should go to war....what has that gotten us in the past?...by the way, I challenged you on my hub today. :)

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Ruby you have a good heart. To me, 'dead is dead' so these two journalist that have died of misdventure, their deaths are no more horrific than the soldiers and civilians that are dying everyday.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      A terrible thing when someone knowingly takes a life, any life--I am not sure what all the answers are--but I doubt that more violence is the way

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      We shall see. How much more of this goes on that we don't hear about?

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      If USA intervened long time ago in Syria or aided the Syrain people against Bashar regime,many innocent people's lives wouldnt be killed and that terrorist organization wouldnthave a space on Iraq and Syria for its feet or grow to that extent.One has to ask himself why USA and its allies armed only Kurdistan soldiers not syrian opposition and why Obama said yesterday his plan is not to deteriorate ISIS but to minimize them.That's so wierd!Killing Osama ben laden doesn't solve the problem or bring peace to the world .It adds only fuel to the fire.Al Qaada becomes more stronger than any days before.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree, Ruby. ISIL is falsely using and deliberately misinterpreting religion as a scapegoat to commit atrocities and gain power over others. Sadly, this is not a new concept. I have been silent regarding any criticism of Obama…but I wondered the same as you. I remember how he kept the Bin Laden affair close to his chest. I recall the jokes he made at the press media fete in Washington, knowing full well what was about to take place within a matter of hours, and the risks involved. (I wouldn’t want to play poker with this fellow.) Also, we don’t understand the complexities involved with certain strategies; pulling together the needed coalitions; the approval of Congress required to initiate particular actions, etc. My heart goes out to the families of this poor man, and, as Mike said, to those thousands of other victims of ISIL who suffer daily.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      James-Wolve; Excuse me, but yesterday, Obama said, “ISIL speaks for no religion. They’ve murdered Muslims [by] the thousands,” he continued. “They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes whenever they can.” On Sept. 3,: “Our objective is clear, and that is: Degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat, not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States.”

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was interesting Ruby. Instead of recalling the past it was using the present to hope for good in the future. The song also went well with it. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      It seems to be a simple thing to voice what should be done by some who aren't privy to all of the facts. I'd not like to be in the position of having to start a war, especially with today's terrible weapons of destruction. But then, there have always been those who know everything. lol!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Ann for reading and commenting. I am sure there are many leaders who are working to rid this world of killer terrorist and they should be applauded not criticized. That was my purpose in writing this piece. When are we ever going to stand together and work for the betterment for all people?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, there's nobody who hates war anymore than i do and it never solves anything. I have always said that if the draft only took 50 year olds, we would never have a war. So many young men and women die because of old men's greed. I am on my way to see your challenge. Thank you for reading and commenting...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Mike I couldn't agree with you more. Only the young and innocent die in wars. When a service man or woman is killed in a war, little is said, but when a newsperson or a diplomat is killed, it's all over the news. Thank you for coming to read and leaving a comment that i fully agree with.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for writing this poem. I can't get past the photo and am not ready to really deal with the issue as a whole.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Audrey, I have always felt that violence begets violence. It only adds to the problem. I wish i knew the solution to the terrorist who hate and kill in the name of christianity, but of course I do not. All anyone can do is write about it and hope it will open closed eyes. Thank you for reading and commenting....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. I wonder the same and wonder about the people in the region who must live in constant fear, and now us, since some have come to the US to study at our universities and have disappeared. Thank you for reading and commenting..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      James, I see you are not in agreement with me and that's your prerogative. Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Genna, you are like a breath of fresh air after a tornado strikes. Instead of blaming, be hard at working out strategic plans to end the terrorists war on anyone who believes in humanity. Thank you so much for both comments...Hugs.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      For me, it is just a question of timing. In my opinion, pure evil doesn't go away on its own. We can wait and see how it goes, but at some point, someone will have to make it go away.

      Having had a son who served in that part of the world, I've seen the cost of war. The U.S. waited in WWI, and we waited in WWII. I can't help but wonder if that made the price we paid later, end up being greater. However, we went into Iraq, in hindsight, too quickly, with bad results.

      I hope the president is getting good advice, and I pray that he chooses wisely.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kevin. I am glad you read hope for the future in this piece of writing. Happy you liked the song. Thank you for sharing and pinning.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Randy. In my wildest dream I can't imagine anyone who would want to be president in this time in history. I say, " Pray for them fervently. " Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DealForALiving. I understand. The photo is sickening. Imagine what his mother is feeling. Thank you for reading and commenting..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pawpawwrites. I hope your son is home and safe. I thank him for his service. I believe the president has good and wise people advising him behind the scenes and i'm glad you are praying, that's about all we can do. Thank you so much.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, I toowatched President Obama yesterday as the pundits were criticizing him for nonintervention, as Rand Paul said he, President Obama dosen't have a stratgy.

      Would Mr. Paul have our President advertise to the enemy what his plans are so that ISIS/ISIL could counter act. Is Mr. Paul stating that is what he would do if he were president?

      Wonderful thought provoking hub.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      This is horrifying and very sad, I guess it is best to remember the past and tread softly. Deep and intense poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Its such a horrific/violent world we share with our neighbors.. violence brings violence.. we retalite they do the same.. and its no longer your father's war.. today its chemical warfare.. terrorist attacks and so much more good share my friend

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Facts on earth shows Obama really has no strategy and his foreign policy is very blurry.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      Reading your poetry reminds me what a fair, honorable and truly decent woman you are. Thank you for being this voice in our community.

      Love you so much, Maria

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, its so awful there are no words are there? what gets me so mad is that the ones that go over there from here or america have the darn nerve to try to get back into our countries after they have done this! send in all the big guns so to speak, and sort them out once and for all, nell

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shyron I am so happy to see you. We are in full agreement. President Obama is no fool as some would like the world to believe. He works with other leaders all over the world. and you know they all have a stratgy in full swing, and we will see that soon. He hates war, as do i, only a greedy bastard would want a war. There are other ways, as Bill said, money is the root of all evil, hit them in their pockets. Thank you so much for coming and commenting...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Vellur, I agree. Tread softly. Remember the last war we started in Iraq solved nothing. Thank you my friend..

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Where does this madness end? What I want to know is why, what would cause young men, to do something so heinous, so despicable then wallow in the aftermath. I don't know what the answer is, but reacting out of a sense of revenge will only add more fuel to the fire.

      However, they can't have it both ways, the young men who yearns to kill Westerners should not be allowed back into the country, why would they even want to, if it's such a terrible place? The crazy thing is, while they are prepared to fight and die for their beliefs, they wouldn't want to actually live in those countries. Utter madness.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Frank, It's true. We now must worry about chemical warfare. We all have so many questions and no clear solutions. Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      James, a wise man never reveals his strategy. Something that appears blurry sometmes shines brightly when the time is right. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Dear Mar, I have a need to write when someone or something is treated unfairly without proof. My motto, ' Wait and see before making judgemental statements. ' I watch too much nightly news and get angry far too often. I think i will put on an Elton John CD and chill. lol I love you too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Nell, it's so sad that some of the terrorist are from America and England, and only God knows where else. Hopefully the correct action will be taken to rid the world from these people. Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Jo, utter madness is spot on. There must be something within so deep in hate that it completely takes over the mind. They don't care if they die, that's what makes them so dangerous. Thank you my friend...

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Important topic Ruby. I have sympathy for the position of the President and other world leaders at this time and the decisions they are forced to make. Our Prime Minister has decided to provide assistance via air-drops etc but no troops on the ground. Whatever decisions are made re intervention there will be people for and against. These people ISIS are trying to provoke the west into action and if we intervene we are doing exactly what they want, but with innocent people from our countries being beheaded and the like, can we sit on our hands and do nothing. I am not sure of the answers. I read a post on Facebook b a 60 year old ex soldier, he says the military have it all wrong. They should recruit old guys over 50 who are tired and cranky and already lived most of their life to fight these wars instead of young inexperienced 18 year olds who would rather sleep in until 10am then spend the day playing the xbox. It was a comedy post but had some good points. Good poem, voted up.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      I have read about this in many papers and internet. Thanks Ruby for sharing the same.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jodah. I am glad to learn what Australia is doing. I read that England has closed their borders. It is a problem that's not going away, the solution, who knows? My main purpose in writing this is to defend President Obama. The media here is tearing him apart and they haven't a clue to what he's doing or not doing. I think you are correct about sending older men into battle, I think there would be less wars, after all they are the greedy one's who want wars to line their pockets, caring nothing about the young lives lost. Thank you for adding to this piece...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. I hope you are safe in India. I haven't heard about any killings in your country. Thank you for coming...

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely horrendous! What kind of a person is able to decapitate another person, and then eager to shock the world with a video of it? This kind of behaviour is totally beyond my comprehension. May all victims of barbarians rest in peace.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie, so good to see you. I keep thinking of the mother of the man decapitated and how she must be greiving. The world is full of evil people who want to destroy and conquer our way of life. I'm afraid we've only seen the tip of what's to come. I am not one who likes to preach doom and gloom. I prefer to write about love and beauty, but here in America the media is tearing our president apart about not doing anything about the terrorist. I feel we should wait and see what he and our allies are doing behind the scene. Thank you for coming..Hugs..

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      This was such a horrific sight and I can't say any more too much has been going on.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A horrific ordeal and I can't say no more too much has been going on.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      I came back to say that our president has stated last night what he will do without alerting ISIS/ISIL as to which way they will be hit. Our president has been working behind the scenes, just as he did with Osama benLaden.

      And all the wannabe presidents are trying to push him to fail, just as mitch mcconnell said after President Obama won the election, when these people should represent the American people instead of their own ambition.

      I hope everyone remembers in the voting booth.

      As always wonderful hub

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. I know it's difficult to even think about this. Thank you for coming by..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. I knew that the president would be working with our allies behind the scenes. He's never been given proper credit for anything he's done. It makes me so angry. He has two more years to get much more done if the GOP would work with him instead of being a roadblock at every turn. I thing the voting public has watched and seen how disruptive they are and hopefully we will take back the majority in the house. I'm always happy when you visit, seems we are riding in the same boat. Hee..Hugs and Blessings my friend.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      It's ironic that the man who ran as The One who would end all wars will probably go down in history as the president who started WW3.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, Will I hope not but it could be. If the other countries surrounding Syria would do their part it would soon be over. I think it's about time we stop taking care of the whole world. I'm glad to see you on my page. I can't get mad at you, I love your stories too much . Cheers my friend...

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Oh, I love you dearly, Ruby, and would never want to anger you! That was not my intent at all. You're one of my oldest and best HubPages friends!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh goodie. Sorry I'm late. I know we go back four years, and I'm glad we're friends.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 12 months ago from Essex, UK

      A long time since this hub was written, but still of course relevant today. Coverage of ISIL / ISIS seems to have lessened in the UK in recent months, perhaps because there have been less recent beheadings of Westerners. But the torment continues for local people. Good to see that the terrorists have now been driven out of Palmyra in Syria, and hopefully they are at last beginning to lose ground. But there is still a long way to go.

      Re-the President. It is immensely difficult. If the President intervenes militarily, then it can lead to long years of war and occupation and loss of American lives, and can have a self-defeating effect in alienating a new generation of young Muslims in the region, some of whom may see it (wrongly) as an attack on their religion. On the other hand, if he does nothing, then the 'World's Most Powerful Man' is seen as impotent and weak, and America loses influence in the world. Any American president in those circumstances would have my sympathy.

      I said at the start that this remains relevant. In the nicest possible way Ruby, I hope your hub becomes irrelevant in the future as ISIL eventually disappear. Unfortunately however, vile incomprehensible people will remain in the world - groups like ISIL are merely the worst current manifestation of that. Alun

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Greensleeves. So much has happened since I wrote this piece. It seems like the Isis attacks have grown more deadly, but the world has grown closer. It is going to take an organized effort across every country to rid this evil, but possibly it is here to stay. Life as we once knew it is gone. Thank you for coming to add much wisdom to this piece....

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool. I kind of think that I am a bad guy to judge the persons of politics. I cannot serve in such a way. My country and its leaders are awesome otherwise my life would not be awesome.

      Really good art here friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. It seems like many years ago when I wrote this but it's only been two. Much has happened. President Obama is out of office, and we have a new president. Many were criticizing Obama for not doing more to stop Isis, when, in fact he was working behind the scenes to stop them. This was just my way of giving him a voice. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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