Islamic State Releases Video Showing Beheading Of 2nd Japanese Hostage; Was The Japan Hostage Already Dead For Days — If Not Weeks — And Their Attempt To Extract Concessions Was A Ruse All Along?
An online video released in the past hour, by the Islamic State, purports to show the beheading of the second Japanese hostage – Kenji Goto. The video bore the symbol of the Islamic State’s al-Furqan media arm; and, is believed to be authentic. My thoughts are with the victim’s family and the Japanese people. While not officially confirmed as yet, it has all the hallmarks of previous Islamic State videos, with Jihad John standing by the victim in an orange jumpsuit. The video, called, “A Message To The Government of Japan,” and refers to Japan’s Prime Minister — “Abe, because of your reckless decision to take part in an un-winnable war, this man will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also cause and carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So, let the nightmare for Japan began.”
What is interesting here, is that there was no reference to the failed negotiations for either their Japanese, nor Jordanian hostage — in return for the freedom of a convicted Islamic State female in a Jordanian prison. This may indicate that the Japanese hostage may have been dead for days, if not weeks; and, another reason that the Islamic State was unable to provide Jordan with proof-of-life of their pilot in order to go through with the prisoner swap.
Trading for hostages like they are a commodity is repulsive; and, shows once again the evil that man is still capable of displaying. Congress should have invited Egyptian President Sisi, to address that ‘august’ body. After all, it was Sisi who earlier this month for a reformation in the Islamic ‘church.’ And, in the aftermath of the deadly attack in the Siani on Thursday evening, it is clear that these same militants are attempting to spread their hatred into the heart of the Arab world. “These are the times that try men’s souls,” and a Martin Luther in Islam is desperately needed. Until that occurs, if ever, it is clear we in the West, are in an ideological and physical battle for survival versus the Islamic State. “Onward Christian soldiers.” V/R, RCP