originally posted by: AnAbsoluteCreation
If ISIS is so sadistic as being labeled, why would they sensor a beheading?
Because they have a well-funded and trained media arm that might be on some sick level conscious of their Western audience. The less gruesome the
footage is, the more likelihood it will be seen by more people, and disseminated further across the internet via social media, forums, and news media
1. The camera fades out before beheading.
2. Jim Foley seems ultra calm and is allowed to talk about freedoms before being brutally beheaded?
3. That knife is too small to behead someone.
4. Murderer has educated sounding English accent.
5. Why would ISIS use special effects?
1. Fades out on purpose, for whatever reason, they didn't want their global audience to see that part. It could be because they simply chose to make
the video a little less graphic than the previous ones in recent years. Or the cutting off of the head completely could've and probably
fair amount of time (too long to show in its' entirety) and effort, which ties into your point #3.
2. He may not have known that they were going to do it right then and there. These hostages are not told much of anything, and if they are, its
usually psychology and lies. He may have had a good idea what was about to happen, or maybe he thought it was just a video to threaten his death
without actually doing it at that particular moment. If I were held hostage and they told me before even taking me out to the desert that later that
day they were going to cut my head off on film, I probably wouldn't cooperate very well, and by the time they filmed the video, I'd probably be all
beat up, bloody, and/or bruised from trying to fight, resist, and be as difficult as possible, knowing what these people were going to do to me. They
don't like having their hostages look all bloody and beat up because they like to play that "humane treatment" Islamic card, that they take good
care of the hostages if at all possible up to the point of release or execution. There's alot of angles on this one, whether or not he knew, and why
he acted "calm" or whatever, but we'll never really know those details. There is an explanation, that I am sure of, and it's not that they swapped
him out at the last second with a dummy to make it look like they killed him. He's not sitting somewhere having tea with terrorists, nor is he being
kept in a cage. He's dead.
3. They've been using small knives to behead hostages since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and prior. It's actually a special kind of Islamic knife used
to sacrifice the animals that they eat to celebrate their holiday of Eid-al Adha. They slice the throat with a short but sharp knife. They used a
knife about that size on Nicholas Berg when they videotaped his beheading. This was brought up back then. It's brutal, but thats how they are. We
could all wish that they used a long, heavy, sharp sword like the Saudi's use to behead their 'criminals' but .. no, they have no shred of humanity
4. He had a British accent, according to linguistics experts. There are hundreds of British nationals currently in ISIS, fighting in the Middle East.
There are also people from all over the world that have British accents because they're from former
British colonies, to the four corners of
5. They'd use special effects because they've got people doing their media stuff that have some level of skills, equipment, and knowledge. That's
really beside the point, other than to say that people trained in camera work, special effects, and video editing are a part of ISIS. They know that
they have a target audience with a video like this, and apparently have tried to take a new approach on the execution video, for whatever multitude of
reasons. Did anyone see their youtube video a month ago called "Greetings from the Islamic State"? Quite professionally done. It almost looked like
a tourism advertisement for radical muslims.
Again, there is no video that exist that shows the actual sawing off of head, no matter what anyone tells you. Why?
See above. It either took too long, was too messy, or was in effect 'botched' for any of these reasons. The captive being beheaded may have
struggled, who really knows? There's a reason for everything, usually. It could be this, in addition to them not wanting to show that part, so the
video would get more exposure among more people and more importantly platforms in the western world.