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ISIS’ Theater of Evil and the Thirst for Blood

ISIS' snuff films and their surprisingly diverse audience demographics.

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Jean Kaufman

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September 2, 2014 - 11:09 pm
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ISIS’s final email to American journalist James Foley’s family reads like something out of a horror movie: “…WE WILL NOT STOP UNTILL [sic] WE QUENCH OUR THIRST FOR YOUR BLOOD.”

Even before they beheaded Foley and Steve Sotloff on video, ISIS was perceived by most Americans and much of the world as evil. ISIS fighters didn’t just kill for pragmatic reasons, they seemed to absolutely revel in bloodthirstiness: crucifixions, burying women and children alive, conversion or death. But the manner of Foley’s and Sotloff’s murders and the dissemination of the videos brought it home in an especially primal way for America, engendering a rare degree of relative consensus on the fact that the perpetrators of this act are very bad people indeed.

The ISIS videos are a form of theater for the entire world, in which Foley and Sotloff were cast in the role of victims for the audience to gape at. The victims in such a play have their lines written for them, and when they recite them they probably think it is just another dress rehearsal rather than their final role before death.

Despite our efforts, it is probably impossible as well as unnecessary to understand such evil. But it nevertheless can be described in terms of a hierarchy of the many functions it serves for those who commit it. The very first is intrapersonal: acts such as the beheading of James Foley and Steven Sotloff have an internal psychological purpose for their perpetrators, and there’s little doubt that part of the reason they do these things is because they enjoy them. Whatever the wellsprings of sadism are, these ISIS members drink from it; as they themselves say, they “thirst for blood.”

Then there is also an interpersonal message that their dominance and viciousness was meant to convey to Foley and Sotloff themselves, as well as to the remaining terrorist captives, which is that their kidnappers have almost unlimited power over them. But that pales in significance to ISIS’s more numerous targets, the videos’ viewers. With the advent of the internet, the audience for beheadings and other atrocities is potentially far more vast than it was in the days of the marauding barbarians or the guillotine.

The audience ISIS hopes to reach is multifaceted. One segment of that desired audience is the people in the community where the perpetrators currently reside. For the ISIS terrorists, knowing that they engender fear is its own reward, but it also has the more practical goal of attempting to gain the locals’ cooperation, or at least their capitulation, through their desire to avoid a similar violent fate.

Then there’s the audience in the larger Muslim world. ISIS believes there are many potential jihadis, both local and distant, whom they hope to inspire to join up by demonstrating the intensity of their bloodthirstiness and therefore their dedication to the cause. The majority of people in the Muslim world are not going to become jihadis, of course, and many Muslims find such videos repugnant (as al Qaeda discovered some time ago). But as long as a significant number join and most of the rest are cowed, ISIS would consider the videos great successes. The Muslim world has a long history of bitter and violent disputes between factions, and ISIS’s brutality is also an effort to intimidate those it sees as its enemies within the greater Muslim world.

Last but far from least there is the entire west, both individuals and governments, those weak horses whom ISIS hopes will tremble and then appease them out of fear. Although we can probably safely say that most ISIS members have not read Yeats, the message they are delivering to the west is that they are the ones filled with passionate intensity, and the west is the one that lacks all conviction. ISIS is counting on the fact that the west is reluctant to unleash the full force of its arms against them, and that whatever retaliation it mounts will be tepid and limited and ultimately unsuccessful.

But even if the west somehow finds the will to fight back more forcibly, the jihadis are betting that, between their own dedication to their holy cause and the assistance of a deity they see as supporting them, they will prevail. It is sometimes said that terrorists such as those in ISIS are nihilists. But that definition isn’t a good fit, because ISIS members don’t believe in nothing. They profess belief in something, and that something is fundamentalist Islam and the return of the caliphate, with ISIS at the helm.

Likewise, many people call ISIS barbarians. But although they are definitely barbaric in the first sense of the word (“savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal”), the second sense of the word (“primitive; unsophisticated” and “uncivilized and uncultured”) doesn’t fit nearly as well for many of them.

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"I've written before that I don't accept that "Islam is the problem",

Well, you were wrong then, and you're wrong now.

Mohammad was a sick, twisted, evil man. End of story.

No one can ever change who that man was, or white-wash his dark legacy of unspeakable violence that continues to seduce his followers with all manner of allowances for such depravity.

Child rape, slavery, torture, murder, thieving and looting, lying and deceiving.
Because "you deserve it"

Evil Men are drawn to Mohammad’s Islam for NO OTHER REASON than its sanctification of their blood-lust to pleasure themselves through the harm of others. It provides the violent sociopath with a limitless power to permanently, viciously, subjugate all others (including other Muslims of the “wrong sect”?) on the fly, daily, all at their own personal whim.

THAT is the bedrock nature of its appeal among adherents.
No amount of sweet-talk and denial will ever change that fact.
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"I've written before that I don't accept that "Islam is the problem""

A POV shared by most, unfortunately you are profoundly mistaken.

"Saudi Arabia is a monarchy where Christianity is banned. Why do they get all the weapons they want"

The Saudi's are a stabilizing force in the M.E. they ensure that the price of oil remains stable and since we are still an oil dependent civilization and will be for the foreseeable future, that oil price stability keeps the western economies from collapsing and hundreds of millions from dying. That the Saudi's also finance 'stealth jihad' against the West is also true but another issue. They do so to provide an internal societal 'safety valve' in a region where either a 'strong man' controls the society or Islamic jihadists do...

The left is using Islamic terrorism to destabilize America in order to accomplish its fundamental transformation of America by any means necessary.
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I've written before that I don't accept that "Islam is the problem", but Saudi money has to be stopped. There has to be some way of stopping them from throwing money at American educational institutions, not to mention radicalizing American Islam, which in fact is (or was) relatively moderate.

Saudi Arabia is a monarchy where Christianity is banned. Why do they get all the weapons they want, when Israel has to endanger their peoples' lives to appease the West into taking their money?

And we also need to severely limit student visas from Moslem countries. Why should they come here and intimidate American Jewish students?
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Too many people are posting what is on God's mind and what his plans are based on their own interpretations of scripture distorted by prejudices. I suggest that you do not know. A tree can be judged by the fruit it bears. One can love and follow Christ without distorting his word.
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My solution: KILL THEM.

You're welcome.
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The beauty of simplicity!
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A surprisingly simple algorithm for peace with Muslims:
1. Occupy Mecca and/or Medina.
2. A year of peace with by Muslims, terrorists and otherwise?
3. If yes, go to 2
4. Summarily destroy Mecca and/or Medina.
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It is easy to kill the ideologues. It is difficult to kill the ideology.
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If you kill ALL of the ideologues, the ideology will have no adherents.
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In mid-August 2014 I had a serious discussion with a CHRISTian Pastor/Teacher whose Biblical understanding from his specific Ministry work is that the Satanic spirit of Genesis Chapter 6 has been loosed upon the earth.
My personal Biblical understanding is that we are now in the time of massive 'spiritual deception' that is written of and warned about many times by "the Lord Jesus Christ", all of the authors of the Epistles, and several of the Prophets in the Old Testament in "the truth", "the word of the LORD" - the Holy Bible.
How few CHRISTians have ever considered - or realized - that there is much more warning about ‘spiritual deception’ than there is about the ‘physical manifestations’ - earthquakes, wars, etc... in these 'end-of-the-end times' before "the time of Jacob's trouble", "the day of the Lord", the "great tribulation"!

Starting in late late June or early July 2014, there has been an exponential increase in the absolute barbarism, viscousness and evil that has/is being performed by the leaders and many fundamental Mohammedens in the Mid-East, which includes North Africa (Somalia / Western Sahara)

- What is happening is that Satanic Ritual Blood Sacrifices are knowingly being made by the 'extremely fundamental groups of followers' of the false Satanic moon-god 'Allah' and his lying demonic prophet Mohammed - Hamas / IS / Boko Haram / Al-Qaeda / others?
Their preference is the sacrificing of CHRISTians and JEWS - and it matters not what the 'ethnicity' of those men, women, boys, and girls are! Think about how many of the victims are martyred by beheading - in which large quantities of blood is spilled!
It must always be remembered that Satan hates "the LORD GOD", and all mankind - and uses whomever he can 'snare' with his "wiles" (Eph 6:11-12 | 1 Peter 5:8 - KJV)

A major contributing factor is the ever increasingly rapid number of Apostate and Heretical teachings being led by more and more "hirelings", "false teachers" and "false prophets" of 'Ecumenical Christendom' - which is being led by Roman Catholicism in these 'end-of-the-end times' JUST PRIOR to the actual 'Rapture' of CHRISTians - followed some time after by "the time of Jacob's trouble", "the day of the Lord", the "great tribulation".

- and there are only a few - a remnant - of real CHRISTians that have "an heart to perceive", "ears to hear", and "eyes to see" - that are aware of the incredible danger we are in - TODAY - RIGHT NOW !!!

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”
(Luke 17:26-29 – KJV)
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The absolute truth and reality of "the words of the LORD" should be very clear:
“The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.”
(Ps 12:8 – KJV)

Me thinks that the whole world is becoming ever more and more rapidly ‘as it was in the days of Noah and of Lot’ – TODAY – RIGHT NOW!

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Supporting articles -

1) - "... (what) the Boko Haram seemed to hate the most was the sign of the Cross. “All the Christians wearing a cross were said to be slaughtered. Any church building that had cross on it were brought down.”
NIGERIA: Eyewitness Accounts of Slaughter in Gwoza Attack | Voice of the Persecuted, 08/24/2014 -
https://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/nigeria-eyewitness-accounts-of-slaughter-in-gwoza-attack/

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2) ISIS’ Theater of Evil and the Thirst for Blood
PJ Media | September 2, 2014 - 11:09 pm
http://pjmedia.com/blog/isis-theater-of-evil/

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3) Hamas: We Killed Jewish Teens, and What of It? | Israel Today, Saturday, August 23, 2014
- A comment was made about the spirit that inhabited all of the inhabitants of Canaan - who were 'giants' (Numbers 13:26-33) may now inhabit those of Hamas / Hezbulloh / IS / Al-Qaeda / Boko Haram / etc...
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24869/Default.aspx?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=No-sidebar-news-1&utm_content=1338

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4a) UK: Convert To Islam Has Sudden Urge To Wage Jihad On The Streets Of London | MidnightWatcher's Blogspot, 08/22/2014
- There is a comment in this article - that an evil spirit that came upon a convert to Mohammedenism – which seems to clearly be actual ‘demonic possession’
https://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/uk-convert-to-islam-has-sudden-urge-to-wage-jihad-on-the-streets-of-london/

4b) UK: Female rocker embraces Islam — hopes to behead Christians | Jihad Watch | Robert Spencer | Aug 31, 2014
- “Revealed: How Sally Jones of Chatham went from being all-girl rock ban
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Brother Nick,
There is much of interest in what you wrote. I would encourage you however to be more thoughtful in your consideration of Catholics. While I am aware that there are problems with Catholic theology, Catholics themselves still believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Catholic theology gives precedence to the people who they see as God’s appointed representatives on earth, much like the prophets of ancient Israel. Fundamentalist protestant denominations give precedence to the written Word of God. It is certain liberal protestant denominations that are actually ignoring both the written Word and the Catholic/Orthodox position of heeding God’s appointed representatives. The liberal denominations are completely adrift, embracing society’s values in an accelerating manner. The net result is that Catholics and fundamentalist protestants are closer today than fundamentalist protestants and liberal protestants.
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Boko Haram or the Sultans were never as powerful as the Roman Empire and yet the Cross buried the likes of Nero and Domitian who were even more bloodthirsty than any Muslim will ever be.

Christ by the power of His Word will destroy the Beast and the False Prophet, another way to say Liberalism and Islam.
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The ignorance of man would be laughable if this wasn't so serious an issue for all of the world... For any man to think that there can be peace with out the Man of Peace seated upon His Throne is truly a fool unto himself... For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) And this is how it has been since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.

God knew that man would always repeat the mistakes of those that precede him in the past if he failed to study history..... And it is because of His great love for man that He has given man the great history book ever written.. But the vast majority rely upon their own wisdom rather then absolute truth of God's WORD.

America will not be saved from her appointed judgment, just as God's Temple and Jerusalem were not saved from the attacks of those from the heathen nations as written in the Old Testament.... Yes, God did save a remnant of Israel that she may again rise from the ashes for the fulfillment of the prophecies even unto this day.... But don't count upon there being a rising from the ashes for America who will be an example for all the world to see as to who is ultimately in control.
God has never allowed the destruction of a people or nation before He sent His warnings, hoping that the hearts of the people might turn to Him and be saved... His warnings are clear to those that seek His heart.
To read God’s warnings for America; Google, “ The Message For America, Hand of Help Ministries. ” For God message for this 2nd major terrorist attack for America; Google, “ The Eagle and the Serpents, Hand of Help Ministries. ” And again for where I believe will be the location of this 2nd attack; Google, “ The Eagle and Serpents (Part 2), watchman48 BlogSpot com.” Also read RFC Newsletter #101 found in the archive Feb. '09 at watchman48.blogspot.com

Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
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Methinks the composers of this ISIS propaganda bull sh*t needs a lesson in humility, something that has always been lacking in islam from day one and hasn't improved in 1400 years.
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"We must defeat them [the Islamofascists] or be defeated." -- Tony Blair
"We're not seeking victors and vanquished in Iraq." -- Barack Obama
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"We must defeat them [the Islamofascists] or be defeated." -- Tony Blair
"We're not seeking victors and vanquished in Iraq." -- Barack Obama
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Civilization is a learned behavior. The problems really start when the civilized forget that simple truth.
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