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I'm lost for words.
seems likely to execute the terrorist ISIS wanted in exchange, as a reprisal.
It seems that ISIS have no strategy other than to kill those that they capture in the most barbaric and humiliating ways possible.
In the short term it's probably just to gain more ground, shock as much as possible and to stir up Islamophobia in the West, but in the medium turn to almost certainly establish strongholds in Turkey.
Reading about them it any great length it's difficult to not be a bit scared by the scale of their operations, they're not just assorted bunches of mentalists, they're a huge organisation with proper structure, hundreds of millions of pounds, sleeping supporter in major countries and detailed plans which have been in the making for years.
They're mentalists whose main purpose is to make the West do stupid stuff in response
I watched the video. Not out of some morbid curiosity, I actually planned on turning it off before the execution (it's at about 17 mins if anybody watches the start and wants to cut it off) but ended up watching it through.
I watched the video as I was interested to see the style in which ISIS is attempting to propagandise these sickening murders. It is truly bizarre to watch. Gone are the grainy VHS camcorders in the mountains with chanting, etc. They seem to really have a handle on the technology and production values and going all out to seem justified in their crusade on a detail oriented level. This is new and clever for sure, definitely seems more organised a group than the completely mis-represented Al Q. et al of past. Not to trivialise this at all but the seem to have modelled it on what you would expect from terrorist videos from TV and Movies. To the point it actually took me a couple of seconds to re-realise wait! This is fucking real! when the fire was set.
Such horrific people. Of course, horrors such as this happen everyday out of sight in many places :-( Just a big fucking all round bummer really.
What a horrible and tragic end for Muadh al-Kasabeh, may he rest in peace and his family somehow manage to recover from this barbarity.