posted on Feb, 5 2015 @ 03:16 PM
Against my better judgement I did watch the execution video. I too noticed his resolve, and it was obvious that he acted in a very formidable manner.
I wondered if they possibly drugged him, but I could not believe that a group that is barbaric enough to immolate someone would attempt to ease their
pain in any way. I remember thinking that at least the guy passed out after a short time, meaning he did not have to feel the pain any longer. I felt
sorry for the guy, considering that he did nothing to deserve death, much less a death so brutal and horrible. He also looked like a nice guy,
although the romantic notion of attributing emotional attributes to people based on their physical characteristics is not something to which I really
subscribe. I would not be surprised if they started giving cyanide capsules, or whatever they use nowadays, to pilots overflying ISIS territory, on
the off-chance their jet is downed. Although I personally am not certain I could take my own life in such a situation, even if I knew the fate that
awaited me. What about everyone else?
When Powers' U2 was shot down over the USSR there were many who thought him a traitor because he did not take his own life, as the CIA had provided
him with the means. Those people are horrible. It is easy to get an agent to tell you they would commit suicide in such a situation, but I imagine
that it would be extremely difficult to go through with. Another example that comes to mind is Paulus in Stalingrad.