May 23, 2002


I WATCHED IT: The horrifying Daniel Pearl video, that is. The FBI is crazy to try to ban this-- if the Pearl family wants to keep their privacy that's one thing, but on balance I think it's good to see what monsterous forces we're fighting. You'd better have a strong stomach if you want to look evil in the eye, and I don't think most people want to see this. Pearl is forced to repeat that he is a Jew, that his parents are Jews, that the US must stop fighting Islamofascism-- and then his head is sawed off and raised in the air. I think the words he's forced to say are more disturbing than the violence itself.

I'm struck by the number of bloggers who've said "I googled for it, and watched it, but I'm not going to link to it." I think this is a bit hypocritical, especially since they essentially provide instructions for finding it (Google can find anything pretty easily). I can understand not wanting to be directly responsible for someone seeing this who might later regret it-- like I said, it's really disturbing stuff, images that you'll have trouble getting out of your head. I won't be directly linking, either, but only because the WiredNews article I linked to (up at "ban") has several links to versions of it, including one with the most gruesome scene edited out. Let me say again: this is really horrifying, and if you choose to watch it, don't say I didn't warn you.

Posted by John Tabin at May 23, 2002 09:44 PM