Paul Johnson Beheading Video: why you should see it
For original post on the Paul Johnson beheading please scroll down past this update section.UPDATE 10/08: Kenneth Bigley executed in Iraq by Zarqawi terrorist organization. The story is developing, but sources in Fallujah claim Bigley beheaded. For the latest information, links to video, and images on the Kenneth Bigley murder please go to the MAIN PAGE or by CLICKING HERE for the 10/08 report. For the latest information, links to video, and images on hostages in Iraq please check the main page by CLICKING HERE. Here is a list of all the victims of Islamic Beheadings since late July this year. 10/08 Kenneth Bigley Executed in Iraq Images and Video Here.
10/02 Iraqi Victim Barie Nafie Dawoud Ibrahim Beheading Video and Images Here
9/22 American Hostage Jack Hensley Beheading Video and Images Here
9/20 American Hostage Eugene Armstrong Beheaded on Video Here
9/13 Turkish Hostage Beheaded on Video Here
9/08 Three Muslim 'Informants' Beheaded by the Religion of Irony
8/31 12 Nepalese Hostages Killed, 1 Beheaded Here
8/26 Italian Hostage Enzo Baldoni Murdered Here
8/25 Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded in Video Here
8/13 Another Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded on Video Here
8/11 CIA Agent Executed: Another Beheading Video
8/09 Another Bulgarian Beheading Video
8/02 Turkish Hostage Murdered
7/28 Bulgarian Beheading Video
7/27 Kashmir Rebels Bomb Hospital, Behead Three
7/27 Paul Johnson Beheading Video and Images Here
Begin original post: Paul Johnson's beheading video is now all over the place. Amanda Doerty has some stills from the video and a link to it. Especially disturbing is vidcap #5. I know it was released 5 days ago, but I was on hiatus then, so I wanted to throw in my two cents. Better late then never. What should the proper response to this video be?
Outrage. Disgust. Anger.As many of you know, I advocate watching these videos. Why? Because there is something in the human psyche that connects 'knowing' with 'seeing'. Our emotions are intimately connected to what we view as reality. I was very pissed off after 9/11. But that kind of anger cannot be sustained for a long period of time. Sometime in the months following the attack, my feelings began to temper. After awhile, it was not the feelings of the moment that sustained my willingness to fight, but rather the memory of the feelings I once had. Even though my resolve to fight never wavered, it certainly was not with the same intensity. My resolve to fight was sustained by written accounts of our adversaries. But these written reports, as convincing as they may have been, just can't connect to people in the same way that pictures can. My worldview was utterly changed by the events of 9/11. I'm not sure, though, that just reading accounts of those atrocities would have been enough to turn my world upside down. Watching video of people jumping out of the Towers did. Hearing the sound of their bodies hitting the pavement did. It utterly devastated me. I assume that most people felt the same way as I did. But something has happened in the months following 9/11--many have lost their resolve to fight. Part of this might be explained by differing predispositions and worldviews. Liberals are generally less willing to see American casualties, hence the post Iraq invasion syndrome. Lefties, well, their worldview predisposes them to believe that somehow we brought the whole thing on ourselves--and oddly religious stance, not too much different than the right-wing theology that preaches that there is an invisible shield over the US and God removes that shield when we sin. But I don't think these predispositions completely explain what is happening. We all shared an initial experience that martialed us to war, but somehow over time my resolve has not been shaken while others grow weary. They began as hawks but somehow became doves. What explains the difference? Media influence. Back in the good old days this was called propaganda. I surround myself with constant reminders of 9/11. I consume media that is nearly uniformly unflattering of the terrorists or their goals. The people that I surround myself with (when give a choice) all share my disdain of the Islamic state. I have deliberately chosen the propaganda I am exposed to. As I've thought about why WWII remains 'the good war' and why that generation was 'the greatest' a number of factors seem to account for their stoic resolve to fight, even as hundreds of thousands of their friends and relatives died. I think many of those factors still remain. I don't believe they were inherently 'braver' than our generation. That seems like utter romanticism to view past peoples as somehow endowed with superior moral qualities. One major difference, pointed out by a reader commenting on a previous post (who was that?) was that WWII was so large that it involved nearly everybody. Every one was personally affected in ways that we are not today. I agree, and that was a brilliant insight. But we shouldn't be so naive as to believe that that is the only thing different. To a large extent, the discourse of the time was different. That discourse was deliberately shaped by propaganda. Constant reminders of the morality of the war effort shaped peoples opinions. All the major media were on board with the war effort. And when I say all, I mean all. Not just the news media, but in all forms of artistic expression and in popular entertainment. Even Bugs Bunny fought the Nazis and the Japs. But where is the media today? In an effort to be 'neutral observers' the media forgets that they are Americans first. They treat foreign policy and war as if it were an election and the two opposing sides Democrats and Republicans. They equivocate between terrorists targeting civilians and American soldiers accidentally killing civilians (which the terrorists use as human shields, knowing that we try to avoid such casualties and rejoicing when we kill civilians because they understand it's propaganda value). In short, the events of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor martialed our country to war. I assume that my grandfather's generation was just as shocked as the images coming out of Honolulu as ours was of the images from New York. In fact, it seems to me that the images from New York were much worse and that the grossly immoral nature of the 9/11 attacks dwarf that of Pearl Harbor. Yet, 3 years after Pearl Harbor our country continued to fight and suffer great casualties--3 years after 9/11 a good portion of our country wishes to retreat from the world stage toward a new isolationism. The events galvanized both generations, but it was propaganda (to a large extent) that gave the previous generation the will to continue the fight. The media was a willing participant in bolstering home front morale. The leaders of the nation were not so duplicitous as to pretend that bolstering support for the war was not official policy. They drafted Hollywood actors and put them to use making propaganda films. Posters were put up in workplaces to give people constant reminders of why their loved-ones were dying. This propaganda effort gave people the courage to see it through to the end. So why see this video? Call it a revival of sorts. If you were once for the War on Terror, but find your resolve wavering you need to see this. No, you MUST see this. It will remind you of why we fight. It will remind you of what we are up against. It will be an experience similar to 9/11. It will change you, once again. If you are already resolved to fight, I say to you look at the video anyway. It will affect you in ways you are probably not prepared for. It will make 9/11 real again, not some fuzzy memory. It will stiffen your resolve. The terrorists released this video for their own propaganda purposes. Let us use it for ours.
However, I will say that I think the President should accept Michael Moore's invitation to watch F911 in Crawford, TX provided Moore sits through the videos of these beheadings and explains why he calls these folks the "minutemen" of the Arab Middle East.
But of course this President won't do that, because he's... well, what? An inkblot, or something. A splotch of abstract Texas performance art.
By the way, do you think that since Lance Armstrong is screwing Sheryl Crow that he's pro-Kerry? I don't wanna even think about it. I'd rather watch the damn beheadings.
Posted by: Scott at July 27, 2004 03:40 PM
Posted by: dave at September 20, 2004 04:09 PM
He made there to make a quick buck and he made a quick jump to hell!
I feel bad for the victims of 9/11 though, yet I question myself, why did this happen! Why does a suicide bomber blow himself up? Why can't he or isnt he given the chance to enjoy the sweetness of life?
I also question myself, why all this chaos in the world, especially in middle east and Asia?
Where are the weapons of mass destruction and promises made?
Posted by: Omar at September 21, 2004 02:01 AM
Posted by: Debby at September 21, 2004 09:17 AM
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Posted by: TRacy Hix at September 21, 2004 12:23 PM
the way the US Government and Geroge Bush have
handled this whole thing. It does not seem
like the government cares about these individuals or their families because if they did this would not have happened the second time. I say what are you waiting for now that you SADDAM
why not blow up the entire country of IRAQ and blow away these men in this video all of them I say give them a taste of their own medicine.. It hurts to know that the country has come to this and that we have to be enemies of certain countries foregin and domestic just beacuse its all about the way of living and certain beleifs.. my prayers go out to these families and I hope that where ever PRESIDENT BUSH is he is aware that every day he is putting more of a damper on his reelection to office lord knows im not voting for him..
Posted by: yvette jacques at September 21, 2004 02:02 PM
Posted by: Sandie at September 21, 2004 02:47 PM
Posted by: anti terreist at September 21, 2004 02:48 PM
Posted by: James at September 21, 2004 06:02 PM
Stop hiding behind the religon of Islam and take off your masks and show us your face. Your message means little if you cannot even show your face.
Last,if a fight is what you desire, then I am afraid your going to lose. The USA will win b/c we do not know how to lose.
Dear Mr. Bush,
Its time for politics to step aside and let our military wipe these thugs from the earth. If the situation continues to get worse, there should be a red button somewhere near where you are sitting!
Posted by: Mark at September 21, 2004 06:48 PM
I find it interesting that Dr. Shackleford doesn't mince words when he claims that it was propaganda that gave the WWII generation the resolve and courage to fight. I wasn't there, I'm too young, and I'm not going to contest his assertions about it, but propaganda is construed in a negative sense, not a positive one, and for very good reasons. The Nazi's also used propaganda to whip up their own support. So whose propaganda is 'good' and whose is 'bad?' Guess that would depend on which country you happened to be a resident of wouldn't it? The only way to know would be to consult a neutral observer, if such a thing existed. It's madness to knowingly and intentionally dispense with objectivity for the sake of childless emotions and bloodlust. It's not necessary to identify and defeat an enemy, but can actually hinder it.
I wanted revenge for 9/11, but I'll never get it because we were too impatient and simple-minded to figure out how to go about it.
Many years before 9/11 I used to observe with dismay the fact that cockpit doors on many US domestic flights were not only unsecured, but in fact, wide open and often thought to myself how insane that was. I later learned that airlines didn't want to create an 'unrelaxed atmosphere' by securing the cockpit doors. I always thought that was absolutely stupid. I find it interesting that I've seen this fact discussed in the media or anywhere else since 9/11 less than 5 times. 2 of those times were by the mother of Mark Bingham, one of the brave passengers that fought the terrorists on the airplane that ultimately crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. This is yet another example among thousands that Americans and American businesses have little or no interest in truly addressing problems and planning for their prevention because it takes too much thought and effort. We're not rational, we're emotional, and apparently only want to be fed a steady diet of propaganda that tells us that we're right and good and deserve everything we have, the rest of the world and logic and reason be damned. And it's what we're getting and will continue to get. Most of us live in a fairyland bounded by greed and fear and ignorance. I personally think it's too late to save what was once America. I think the terrorists are right when they say our days are numbered. And I do absolutely believe we brought it, ultimately, on ourselves. Don't interpret that as meaning that I think the poor souls who were forced to jump from the WTC towers on 9/11 or have their heads slowly sawed off in front of video cameras deserved it. I hope we do blow a bunch of Al-Qaida to hell, I don't give a damn about them as they're idiots too, but I'm sick about the price I feel we and others already have and ultimately will pay it. There were alternatives to the path we took and there still are, but I don't believe we have the courage or intelligence to follow them. All we know how to do is demonize and vilify and glorify. It's not enough and it won't sustain a nation.
Any of you that feel so strongly in support of the US war in Iraq, enlist, get the hell out of here and go fight for your cause instead of sitting around on your fat lazy asses spewing out nonsense and sucking down your spoon-fed pabulum and moralizing about life and good and evil and nurturing your stunted, adrenalin-driven senses of outrage and anger. You have no right.
Posted by: Gerald Heisinger at September 21, 2004 08:48 PM
That was very well put. I don't even know what to say except that I share your feelings. It seems so rare to come across someone who doesn't support the war and president Bush. I wish more people would educate themselves on what is really going on today. George Bush has successfully pulled the wool over Americas eyes. He, along with the terrorists have instilled the fear that many people have. It's because of that fear that people are blindly following and supporting George Bush. Wake up America before it's too late! I fear what will happen if Bush is re-elected and you should too!
Posted by: Sandie at September 21, 2004 11:04 PM
Cast my vote for John Kerry. I believe the 200 billion dollars spent for Iraq could have been put to much better use such as retraining those Americans who are losing there jobs to other countries(blame Bush for this too) Hell, now that I think more about it, why could we not have found someone to take care of Saddam for 1 billion dollars? That would have left us with 199 billion to spend elsewhere and prevented all of these Iraq headaches.
As a former serviceman, I ask that you support our troops as they, like us, have had no choice in the matter. Further, I ask you to pray (or hope) for the safety of our soldiers and civilians in Iraq and for a better future for all humanity; excluding the terrorist thugs of course.
Posted by: Mark at September 22, 2004 01:51 AM
I, like you used to serve our country. I agree our servicemen and women have no choice. I do pray for them everyday. It is good to hear that you are voting for John Kerry. I can only hope that he will be able to stop the carnage that is happening in Iraq now. Keep your fingers crossed and maybe everything will change on Nov. 2! Thanks Mark and you take care also!
Posted by: Sandie at September 22, 2004 07:54 AM
Posted by: Yomer at September 22, 2004 01:08 PM
I'm currently serving in the United States Air Force. I'm under the age of 25. I haven't had the unfortunate experience of serving in a combat zone, but after having seen this video, I FEAR FOR MY LIFE! I do NOT want that to be me... or anyone else I know... OR ANY OTHER FELLOW AMERICAN.
I don't know who to vote for president, as they're both equally embarrassing candidates. If I could, I'd pack up and move to Canada! Is there a safe country in the world?
America has become unrealistically SPOILED. "I'm gay, I deserve the same rights as straight people." "I got drunk and had sex... I have to kill my baby." "I don't believe in God, I shouldn't have to look at your 10 Commandments monuments!" I'm TIRED OF LIBERALISTS! I'M TIRED OF THE BULLSHIT PEOPLE!
Can I start my own planet, with baseball, and backyard bbq's?
Posted by: Jennifer at September 22, 2004 03:15 PM
You are right. The videos of Paul Johnson and Eugene Armstrong do not compare. I hope that you never have to experience serving in combat either. I have often thought of moving to Canada also however I'm sure the Canadians have their share of problems also. I agree that America has become very spoiled. The thing that scares me the most is losing my rights because everyone else is terrified of another terrorist attack. The things that are so great about this country are slowly dissapearing because of George Bush. Many americans are willing to give up many of their rights only to feel safer. I think that is utterly wrong. The more rights we give up as people the more the government owns us. Do we all want to live out George Orwells 1984? I don't. Please go and vote on November 2nd. It is so important. I am voting for John Kerry because I think he is an intelligent person who will try his hardest to regain America's good standing in the world. I hope you will research all of the things each candidate has done and see that John Kerry is the best choice for our country. Oh, if you start your own planet let me know, maybe I'll join you!
Posted by: Sandie at September 23, 2004 10:28 AM
I'm tired of losing my rights to idiot people who feel they deserve more attention than what they're already being given. Like jerks who want to alter the same pledge of allegiance we've been repeating year after year since I was in grade school. Saying GOD never caused a war. Never offended anyone until now. I just don't get it... a bunch of people who think that because they feel like they go unnoticed, they have to change things for EVERYONE to get something out of the deal.
I came home the other day with the thought that I'm sick and damned tired of living on earth. Seriously! I'm not going to go commit suicide or nothing, but I sure wish GOD would come and end all this crap already. This is insane. Uncalled for. MELODRAMA!
People... IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR KIDS SAYING UNDER GOD... TELL THEM NOT TO. But don't make it so our kids can't. If you don't want them praying before a damned football game, tell them not to. But let the rest of them if they choose to!
PEOPLE! GROW UP! STOP BEING SPOILED!
I'm an only child who has an only child, and NEITHER ONE OF US ARE SPOILED!
My child is taught to respect the religion and the beliefs of other people... and she will be taught to accept the fact that tradition is very much a part of life. And she's going to be taught that she'll probably get knocked down if she goes and tries to change that.
As for Bush and Kerry... They're both a couple of self-centered bastards. The election has turned out to be a bunch of he said/she said... forge documents, money comparing, BULLSHIT! Bush works hard.. Kerry skis. Bush lies about WMDs. Kerry... Kerry... Kerry... is married to an ugly hag? I don't know... but neither one of them have had a whole lot of anything credible to say, and I'd rather see both of them assassinated by someone (other than me) than see either of them in office.
(men in black, don't come arrest me, I'm not plotting to kill the president)
SO anyway... I know this is all a bunch of nonsense rambling... but I AM allowed my 2 cents. I'm just another spoiled American right?
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Posted by: David at September 24, 2004 08:23 AM
I am sorry that you felt you needed to remove me from the blog and if I offended you in any way. I was under the impression that people encouraged to express how they felt about the beheadings and the war in Iraq. I do not support George Bush in any way. Obviously we see things differently. I just wanted to let people know my point of view and get them to see the reality of todays world.
Posted by: sandra at September 25, 2004 01:48 PM
on the internet it just glorifies the sick bastards. I hope they die with
the greatest pain which could be possibily
inflicted on them they deserve all what is com___ to them.
Posted by: marco at October 12, 2004 11:10 AM
As a person who genuinely admires most of what America represents, I hope that a new approach to the leadership in America can not only redeem America but also safeguard the future of the rest of the planet.
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Posted by: () at December 02, 2004 06:16 PM
Its time for some1 intelligent to take cntrol of the situation and try n make the world a better place. I cant believ how thick the ppl who voted for bush again r. Their the 1s who'v been brainwashed
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cocktail bomb your corner arab store drive them out of america and everywhere else they roam fuck these worthless peices of shit they are the ugliest dumbest race alive and they deserve to die slow FUCK EM!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Pezzy at January 07, 2005 07:11 PM
I suppose you have never gutted a deer or a hog or anything like that, and the sight of a squealing human makes you shit yourself. Get used to it. Life ain't a fucking carnival. Get a grip, drop a pair of nuts, or get the fuck out of the service, dipshit.
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Posted by: sami at June 20, 2005 03:17 PM
but the whole war on terror thing has went to far we are dealing wuth the ultimite adversary a bunch of cowards who seem to out smart us every time,so my idea is why dont we just nuke that damn country an kill every thing in there land off spring and all after all they realy fucked us first by coming over here an killing innocents so why arent we playing by their rules?AMERICA ROCKS ASS THATS WHY THEY WANT TO COME HERE,we aint red necks we are strong americans with a sense of pride in our country with a great military who will get the job done an if you dont like us in america get over it cause you cant whip us so face it...
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Blow them all up america!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Samanta at July 14, 2005 09:43 PM
...I know there are people out there who do some violent and unforgivable things, those individuals tend to live and die by the sword. we are all shocked buy what we see and we are able to see past the lies of goverments because we can edit what we want because of sites like this. The opposite side (which ever side you support)will always be sprouting lies, and anger fuels many unforgiveable attacks that will continue like a game of tennis, always trying to hit back harder and faster untill some one can't hit it back.
I have been looking at many different ideas on the internet since see an exacution video a while back
what is happening now is not knew apprently the british introduced this type of war fare to scare their oppositon and prevent any further attacks. being angery is stupid, educating our selves is a far greater idea as ignorance caused most of the world problems that are hear today
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