My last night in Tripoli, I had my first Internet connection in 44 days and was able to listen to a speech Tom Durkin gave for me at the Marquette vigil. To a church full of friends, alums, priests, students and faculty, I watched the best speech a brother could give for another. It felt like a best man speech and a eulogy in one. It showed tremendous heart and was just a glimpse of the efforts and prayers people were pouring forth. If nothing else, prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom, an inner freedom first and later the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us. It didn’t make sense, but faith did.
James Foley(Marquette, ’96), a freelance journalist, was executed this week by members of the Islamic State. He had been missing from Syria since November, 2012. Previously, in 2011, he had been taken captive and subsequently released by pro-government forces in Libya. This article is an account of his earlier captivity and is republished with permission from Marquette magazine (Fall, 2011).