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People tell one another, or are told, and naturally come to believe there’s something barbaric about beheading as a form of execution. Which is merely an example of cultural brainwashing, as opposed to the reality of barbarism. I’m trying to recall how many British nobility I could actually name who exited the vehicle by that method. A fair lot.
And as long as the French used the death penalty, up well into the 20th Century, the guillotine was the tool of choice because headsman skills with an axe were iffy, at best. But the while French have never been precisely non-barbaric, barbarism isn’t one of the traits everyone else likes least about them.
Anyway, so these folks in the Middle East who aren’t Israeli citizens are possibly beheading some people they want to kill instead of shooting them or blowing their arms and legs off with artillery. That probably isn’t a defining behavior separating barbarians from non-barbarians. As nearly as I can tell everyone in the Middle East, including Americans visiting there, US military, Israeli, Muslim, you name it, is either barbaric, or is closely related to barbarians by blood.
So, Steven Sotloff. Maybe the what? Islamists? Killed this Israeli with a dual-citizenship that included the United States and stood a middling good chance of also being a Mossad agent. Sotloff. Maybe.
If Sotloff’s dead, and if he’s dead from being beheaded, and if it was Islamists who beheaded him, well, heck. They thought he was an Israeli! A Mossad agent! What would any non-Israeli in that part of the world do if they caught a Mossad agent? They’d be crazy not to.
But you can’t trust anything that comes out of that part of the world. A growing body of opinion among conspiracy theorists has both of those recent orange jumpsuited beheadings as photoshopped phonies. Among those believing that, a lot also believe the studio where the beheading video drama was created is in Israel. And that if anyone is dead as a result, the cadavers are in Israel.
If, in fact, these individuals are dead, then it is up to the Israeli government to return their bodies. If, as is much more likely the case, at least one or these videos is a hoax, a hoax with dead victims, a hoax with live victims, but certainly a hoax, no doubt about that, some authority inside Israel, preferably one not directly involved in the hoax itself, should investigate, should such an authority exist at some point in the future, which we find unlikely.
We have had so many hoaxes all out of Israel, all from the same people, all sent through the same scammers in the US, that getting to the bottom of this one took less than five minutes. Think “Rita Katz.”
This is the third outing for the designer orange silk “jump suits” thus far. Last year they were the rage in Tel Aviv shops, today they are all about beheadings. There is one problem, not that Alex Jones and InfoWars reporting the Foley beheading was a phony, a position the US State Department is now reconsidering as well, warned us off the story.
The problem is “Site Intelligence,” better known to insiders as “bin Laden Studios,” the Israeli video fakery group that kept turning out bin Laden videos, short fat bin Ladens, old ones, young ones, then, eventually, only audio tapes, as though bin Laden, confirmed to have died in 2001 after denying, according to the CIA, all involvement in 9/11, had magically come back to life.
So, the burning question is, is a fake beheading still barbaric? Is it only barbaric if Muslims fake the video, or is it also barbaric if Israeli photoshoppers trump it up for reasons almost certainly manipulative at a level nearing barbarianhood?
Nevermind all those 40,000 people with destroyed homes in Gaza, the be-leggings and be-armings of children, women, old folks, even [gasp] regular non-Hamas men killed and maimed of late.
I’m only interested in barbarism of a particular nature. I want it clean and well lighted, performed by Arab-looking people.