June 15, 2004
More from the enemy....
This looks grim to me. (Al Qaida's demons have released video of the captured American Paul Johnson, showing him in a very tormented state, clearly being threatened by a horrible death.) Picture here.
I suspect there's another Islamist snuff film coming. (Take a look at this site.)
Sickeningly familiar pattern:
"My name is Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr.," the seated hostage says in the tape, an elaborate tattoo on his left shoulder. "I am an American. ... I work on Apache helicopters."
While I don't know whether they've killed Mr. Johnson, I think it's important that Americans see the nature of the enemy to the extent they can stand it, and therefore (as I did with the Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg videos) I am making the video of this sickening incident (what the enemies have released so far) available for downloading here.
NOTE: Please be patient, as it took me some time to upload the video -- which is in the form of a zip file. (If it doesn't work, try later.)
UPDATE: The video (which is in Real Audio) can also be streamed here.
Does that mean we should declare war on extremism?
June 16, 2004 -- THE video only lasts four minutes or so — gruesome scenes of torture from the days when Saddam Hussein's thugs ruled Abu Ghraib prison. I couldn't bear to watch, so I walked out until it was over.Why indeed....
MORE: The terrorists' web site has been shut down, with the following explanation:
This site has currently been removed for violating our TOS/AUPMeanwhile, the U.S. refuses to negotiate with the terrorists, the so-called "Fallujah Brigade," which has issued this statement:
"The Fallujah Brigade has killed the director of this team and kidnapped one of its engineers, Paul Johnson, and if the tyrannical Saudi government wants their American master to be released, then they have to release our holy warriors that are held in Ha'ir, Ruweis and Alisha prisons within 72 hours of this statement's date."More detail here.
MORE: What has not received quite as much attention was the same group's murder and apparent beheading of another American, Robert Jacobs, who also worked in Saudi Arabia:
Jacobs was shot dead last week near his home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He worked for the Vinnell Corp, which trains the Saudi National Guard.I agree with Senator McCain, who thinks the Saudis' game is catching up with them:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday the Saudis were "paying a price for funding organizations that carry on active terror around the world.''The Saudis have been playing -- and overplaying -- this double game for far too long.
Why not a Hashemite restoration?
Must we continue to support a dysfunctional regime which deliberately lets terrorists escape?
UPDATE: Stephen Green suspects that Paul Johnson is already dead, and his argument makes a lot of sense. Why should terrorists bother keeping the guy alive and making demands they know are sure not to be met?
If he is dead, it's one way to buy time while Saudi authorities search for them in the futile hope of saving Paul Johnson. The terrorists might not even be in Saudi Arabia right now.....
Might the terrorists think that this new tactic -- releasing a video of an about-to-be-killed hostage coupled with demands -- is a good way to persuade Americans of anything? I certainly hope that Paul Johnson is still alive, but I can't see how any of this would soften our resolve. If anything, it might intensify it. If they seriously believe that Americans will now want to "reason" with them, they're more deluded than I thought.
UPDATE (6-18-04): I just heard the news that Paul Johnson's captors have announced his beheading, and have released photos on the Internet.
posted by Eric on 06.15.04 at 09:55 PM
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