James Foley's life might have been saved if the United States changed its policy on negotiating with terrorists, his parents are now saying.
Diane and John Foley have already launched a foundation to honor their late son, a photojournalist who was beheaded by the Islamic State terrorist group in August. But now they want to use this foundation, a 501(c)(3), as a platform to start a conversation about changing the United States' non-negotiation policy for kidnapping victims, or at least making it more consistent so that the Americans and British aren't the ones who end up unrecovered.
"We fear that there are going to be more kidnappings in the future—humanitarian workers, journalists, tourists in parts of the world that are dangerous," Diane Foley told reporters on Thursday evening. "We really feel that American citizens need to be protected in this way and helped."
The Foleys announced this new position at the annual Washington Oxi Day Foundation celebration, an event honoring the service of Greece during World War II. The organization gives awards to individuals who fight for democracy and freedom; it has previously honored Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. James Foley was given the award posthumously on Thursday.