NOTE: As with the post from 11/24/2015 (‘Beware the Jabberwock’), I am editing content of this post because it serves no purpose, save inciting further violence. I tried to explain my reasoning in today’s post, ‘The Day After’.
“You can say a man was put in a cage and he was set on fire and he was burned alive. That is horrific, hideous, and completely explained what happened,” [Tony] Maddox told CNN Today. “So you don’t need to show the video in order to explain that or any part of the narrative.” http://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-is-inadvertantly-serving-as-a-propaganda-platform-for-isis-2015-2#ixzz3R3xXfwCY
I didn’t want to see but I watched anyway, until I couldn’t watch anymore. Then I covered my eyes and cried. This post isn’t about whether or not Fox News should have posted that video. It’s about the horrific death of a man at the hands of other men. It’s about cruelty exacted on another human being without mercy. It’s about a heinous act that went far beyond the pale. It’s about evil men who hide behind masks and hoods and rhetoric, inflicting pain and terror in the name of their god or their country or their beliefs. The horror of that man’s last moments is indelibly marked in my mind. I can’t fathom what he was thinking, the pain he suffered, the torture he endured. I can’t imagine it, nor bear it, nor forget it, nor forgive it.