posted on Aug, 20 2014 @ 01:06 PM
The natural human reaction is to be appalled. When I first watched it I was not planning on questioning its legitimacy, but my confidence was
bolstered by statements from certain media organizations, and the US government, that they were trying to confirm the authenticity of the video. I am
not saying this depicts anything other than a horrific act perpetrated by ISIS militants, I am just stating it is something to consider. And with that
in mind, I would like to address some points. The British accent is not that strange to be honest, but I wasn't expecting it, but it is known that
militants are joining ISIS from the UK.
Having seen these types of videos released by other terrorist organizations, I find it unusual that they spared the gore. Some think that they want
the US to come after them, as this makes it easier for them to recruit new members...Which is true, but I don't think is the case with ISIS. They
don't want to go underground and build their strength, because they realize that success will swell their ranks. Some have postulated that editing
out the gore makes it more suitable for television in the West, which is plausible, but I still haven't seen any media outlet show the video on
television. I'm sure many are carrying it online, but I haven't checked. But the problem with this reasoning, in my personal opinion, is that videos
can always be edited. Why sanitize something for the media when the media will sanitize it themselves? Just something to consider. But another thing
to consider is why ISIS would care in the first place? Why even go through the trouble of editing anything out? If they want us to believe they killed
him, editing the video just raises more questions. So if they wanted to make an unequivocal statement like that why edit the video?
Then there is the idea that they do or they don't wish to enrage Americans. They must know that they will not be able to intimidate the US with stuff
like this, so other than that what is the point? They must know that killing US citizens will do more to unite and enrage people than get them to back
down. This is their own recruiting tactic isn't it? The US goes to the region and starts killing people, and it is used to sign up new recruits. So
they cannot be trying to intimidate us in my opinion, at least not with the thought that it will in fact intimidate us. It just seems strange is all.
This is not conclusive however.
For those who didn't watch the video, there is only one portion that shows any nasty stuff, and that is not a video but a still image. I will save
you the details since if you didn't watch it you did not do so for that reason. The only other part of the video that shows any portion of the
execution is when the guy starts using his tactical knife on the journalist's neck. This sounds bad obviously, and of course it is, but I just mean
you don't see any blood or anything. I bring this up for exactly that reason. The knife moves across the throat a number of times yet there is no
obvious sign of damage to this region, or any other region. Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but certainly this is one area of the body that
would cause a massive outpouring of fluid if the artery was broken correct? Now the following statement is gruesome, but it could explain this: the
knife was dull, or there was not enough pressure being placed by the murderer in the video. The implications of that are quite horrible, and I will
just leave it at that.
I understand that even the description may be unnerving to say the least, but such analysis is, imo, necessary. It is necessary just in case there is
any possibility it was in fact somehow staged, or those involved were not who was claimed to be involved, or whatever conspiracy theory. And if it is
confirmed to be genuine these questions are still relevant, as it allows us to better understand what we are dealing with. There is not enough
evidence for me to conclusively say that this or that is what happened, or "this" is how it happened. Some will say "but the video shows you what
happened". Maybe, but I say the video only provides a still image of what was claimed to have happened. Which again could very well be authentic in
its graphic detail. I am not claiming otherwise, rather I am just raising possibilities. Now I am not an expert on digital photo editing, so I pose
this question to those with more knowledge. How difficult would the still image at the end of the video be to fabricate? If it is not something that
is possible then I will certainly dismiss any theories to the contrary.
Because of the nature of this post I would like to clarify that I am not stating any of this as fact. All I am saying is that the video itself shows
no execution. It does show the person in question, and it does show what looks like his execution. While I think it likely did occur like the video
shows, because the video didn't show the entire scene I still hold some doubt as to its legitimacy. This is completely understandable. I am not going
to accuse any particular government of involvement or anything, although that too is a possibility. I am reminded of the Nick Berg execution video,
which some claimed to have been hoaxed. Except for the fact that Berg's body was later found. This implies that "if" it was staged, he was still
murdered. Something like that should also be considered in a case like this.
Which obviously begs the question...Why stage an execution video only to murder the person later? For that reason alone I think the video is real. We
know ISIS is murdering people over there, and I imagine they would love to get their hands on US citizens. So while it is still a mystery to me why
the edited the video the way they did, I don't think this implies a hoax. It is a possibility, but probably has an extremely low probability of being
what actually happened. Something I forgot to address was his apparent complacency, which I have heard other bring up in various discussions. I think
the most logical explanation is that, him being held captive for such a long time, he had been subjected to a number of mock executions as well as
torture. So the fact that he read the statement that he did, and it is obvious he was reading it, does not imply that he is a "traitor" to his
country or any nonsense like that. This same scenario had likely played out a number of times without them actually going through with the execution.
That is horrible to think about, but ignoring such things doesn't make them go away. ISIS isn't going to go away because we want them to.