James Foley’s Brother: ‘There’s More That Could Have Been Done’

Michael Foley, the brother of slain photojournalist James Foley, told Katie Couric today that he hoped the death of his brother would prompt the US to re-evaluate how they dealt with hostage situations.

“There’s more that could have been done directly on Jim’s behalf,” Foley told her in an interview with Yahoo! News. “I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take another look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation.”

While Foley admitted he’d “like to think” that the US had authorized a rescue mission of Foley, as the White House announced earlier this week, he also said that ISIS was not a threat that could easily be placated by money, noting that they’d asked him for 100 million euro for the release of Foley — a “ridiculous” sum, according to him.

“I don’t believe ISIL can be contained–containment is not a strategy,” he told Couric. “We need to recognize that they are a threat and we need to deal with them.”

He also shared an anecdote that captured the spirit of his deceased brother”

His family believes that Foley volunteered to be the first American to be executed. “You can see from the clips from the video that he wasn’t afraid,” Michael Foley said.

Watch an excerpt of the interview below via Yahoo!:

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