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ISIS Executes Kenji Goto

ISIS released its official video today in which "Jihadi John", the black-clad ISIS executioner, beheads Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. (I'm not linking to the video and please do not post link in comments.)

The video does not show the actual moment of beheading, but it does show Goto's head laying on his body afterwards.

There is no mention of the Jordanian pilot in the video.

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    So sad. (none / 0) (#1)
    by lentinel on Sat Jan 31, 2015 at 03:30:25 PM EST


    'In Japan "I am Kenji" has replaced (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 31, 2015 at 09:36:28 PM EST
    "I am Charlie" as the rallying cry of choice.

    Much more than the fate of Mr Goto hangs in the balance. Japan's foreign policy, rooted in its pacifist constitution, stands at a tipping point. How the public reacts to the fate of Mr Goto could have a big influence on where things go from here.
    ...
    Yukio Okamoto, a defence expert and supporter of Mr Abe's diplomatic agenda, says the kidnapping has exposed the Japanese public to the world's uncomfortable realities. "We can no longer hide behind camouflaged neutrality," he says.
    ...
    The outcome of the debate may well hinge on the fate of Mr Goto. Unlike the executed Yukawa, a fantasist who stumbled into the Middle East after claiming to be the reincarnation of a Manchu princess, Mr Goto elicits plenty of public sympathy. A humanitarian who has devoted much of his journalistic career to exposing the hardships of children in war zones, he went to Syria in a desperate attempt to rescue the hapless Yukawa.