During a typical Ann Arbor fall morning, I sat in my bed under my cozy down comforter. Scrolling through yahoo, I couldn’t help but notice what looked like a man in an orange jumpsuit kneeling next to a man carrying a knife in an all black suit. The suits you only see in your nightmares. As my hand unconsciously clicked on the article my heart started pounding and my hands started to get clammy. As I pressed play on the video, James Foley started reading a script created by ISIS. The terrorist with his eerily chilling english accent started threatening presidents and Prime Ministers from the most powerful countries in the world. Sitting in my bed thousands of miles away, I was panic-stricken.
I could not ponder how President Obama, the most powerful man in the world could stand idly by and watch. That could have been any American citizen. Heck, that could’ve been anyone from a western country. How he could let an American citizen be decapitated in front of the whole world, force a mother to watch her son get brutally murdered at the hands of psychotic terrorists. Why couldn’t he just negotiate the price to bring Foley back home or release a prisoner in exchange.
Imagine the feelings Foley’s family went through. Waiting, helplessly with the power in the hands of terrorists. Hoping, praying that somehow their son could make it home safe.
As time went on I realized that America has a certain set of beliefs. One of these is that they will take the high moral route. And the moral route in this case is not negotiating with terrorists. As hard as it is for every American to watch terrorists murder one of their own, that is how it needs to be. America needs to stick with their beliefs and stand strong. America was faced with an incredibly difficult question, try and bring home Foley or stay strong and not negotiate with terrorists. Similarly, the Melos were faced with an identical problem as the U.S government. They could either fight against the all powerful Athenians, the just route or live as slaves, giving in to the demands of evil. Ultimately the Melians did not give in to the Athenians and fought for what they believed was right. Even though every man was slain, they stood firm in their beliefs and chose to die fighting against injustice.
Just like the Athenians the U.S.A will have to suffer consequences of taking the higher moral route, but should stand firm in the wake of terrorism, just as the Melians did.