Video: Three Turkish Hostages Killed

3 Turkish Hostages in Iraq Executed by Kidnappers, Jazeera Says (Bloomberg)

Kidnappers in Iraq said they killed three Turkish hostages, al-Jazeera television news reported, showing a video of the three men kneeling on the ground before their captors. Qatar-based al-Jazeera said it received the video from the Tawhid wal Jihad group showing the execution. The station didn’t broadcast the killing. Tawhid wal Jihad means Unity and Holy War in Arabic. Groups demanding the withdrawal of foreign troops and businesses have kidnapped several foreigners working in Iraq. Some of the hostages have been killed.

A group of French Muslims has gone to Baghdad to obtain the release of two French journalists held hostage by an Islamic group that killed an Italian reporter in Iraq last week, the Union of Islamic Organizations of France said on its Web site. The captors are demanding that France scrap a law banning the Muslim headscarf and other “ostentatious” signs of religious belief in state schools.

Via Rusty Shackleford and Jeff Quinton.

We’re quickly getting to the point where “Muslims murder innocents” is the equivalent of “dog bites man.” Already, these stories wind up on the back pages of the papers.

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  1. BigFire says:

    It’s call desensitization. Terrorist want to shock civilized society into giving them what they want via shocking images. However, you can only shock the society so much before it loose its value.