Paul Johnson beheading video released


Via Paul at Wizbang, I just discovered that the actual Paul Johnson beheading video has been released, and is available for download here. (I posted about Paul Johnson before here.)

I feel pretty strongly about this issue, and despite repeated criticism, I have made available the Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg beheading videos, as well as links to the Kim Sun Il beheading video.

I am annoyed (but not terribly surprised) by those who are believe that an outraged citizen showing the terrorists' handiwork to others is a terrorist or an "accessory" and I wrote a post about the matter here. And once again, if seeing these videos helps fuel the warrior spirit which is required, then that's reason enough to help make them available.

Paul got it right in my opinion:

The terrorists don't understand that beheading people and releasing video of it will not scare us, it will only piss us off.
Nor, apparently do certain control freaks in the United States understand that.

Or perhaps they do. Perhaps they don't want us to be pissed off....

UPDATE: People who are showing up here might also want to read my more recent post about dedicating these beheading videos to a "great American patriot" who has voiced support for the beheaders: addition to a warning about the violence, I ought to have a dedication before every video.

Let's see, how does it go?

"The beheading video you are about to see is dedicated to Michael Moore -- a great American patriot who is spreading the truth."

Just giving credit where credit is due, folks! As long as people are willing to stand in line to support this great American patriot, I think it's the least I can do....

UPDATE (09/21/04): I see that this post is still attracting web traffic, which is probably related to the savage beheadings of Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley. Please be careful about watching (because it's the worst I've seen) but here is the link to the Armstrong video. Dr. Rusty Shackleford links to NEIN which also hosting the video. (Another download site is here.

Once again, Americans need to remember what we are fighting, and why. It's nothing less than a war between civilization and barbarism. I won't mince words here: I believe those who defend the torturers of Americans are the enemy, plain and simple. Here's Bat Ye'or, author of Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide:

The war against a global jihadist terrorism can be won only if the civilized world is united against barbarity. Until now European democracies supported Arafat, the initiator of jihadist terrorism, hostage-taking and Islamikazes. The war will be won if we name it, if we face it, if we recognize that it obeys specific rules of Islamic war that are not ours; and if democracies and Muslim modernists stop justifying these acts against other countries. The policy of collusion and support for terrorists in order to gain self-protection is a delusion.

UPDATE (09/23/04): The bloody bastards have supplied their hideous video of Jack Hensley being beheaded, which is available here and here.

If you're as appalled as I was, you might consider donating to the Jack Hensley Foundation.

(Via Dr. Rusty Shackleford.)

posted by Eric on 07.17.04 at 10:14 PM


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I'm pissed off just knowing that they did it. Wake up, Mr. President. We are at War.

Actually, it may be that the terrorists are releasing these tapes to charge up their own base, and don't really care that much on what impact it has on us. Videos of various Islamicist beheadings, from Russians in Chechnya to (lately) Americans in Iraq, have been being used as jihadi recruiting tools for years. Charming bunch, huh?

Nonetheless, I think it's true that the images are being downplayed, unconciously or not, for the reasons that you imply, namely that our media minders are scared of public reaction to these images. It's the same impulse that wants to keep images of 9/11 out media's 24/7 news narrative. It might keep people angry.

Twn   ·  July 18, 2004 11:50 AM

"Perhaps they don't want us to be pissed off...."
Got it in one. Of course, there are two diametrically opposed reasons for wanting this:
1. (the Leftist) it would lead to politically incorrect thoughts.

2. (the Rightist) angry solders are more likely to make dumb decisions in the heat of anger.

I tend to agree with #2, and until we all agree on what the problem is: for instance

Oscar   ·  July 18, 2004 11:56 AM

"The beheading video you are about to see is dedicated to Michael Moore -- a great American patriot who is spreading the truth."

First of all, Moore's comments were about the insurgents in Iraq. Of the videos you mention, only Nick Berg was beheaded in Iraq. Pearl was beheaded in Pakistan, and Johnson was beheaded in Saudi Arabia. The connection you are making of Moore's comments about Iraq to the beheadings that are occuring outside the Iraq insurgency is uninformed and ridiculous.

Jarrod   ·  July 28, 2004 4:47 AM

Regarding that last comment, please see this post on the subject.

Eric Scheie   ·  August 1, 2004 8:25 PM

As an american soldier, I do not feel that the beheadings will lead us to make dumb decisions, but rather make us prepare for such instances and fight even harder.

Aaron   ·  August 3, 2004 3:30 AM

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