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Invitation to a beheading: the day I filmed an execution

Yesterday the demented nutcases who call themselves ISIS killed Alan Henning, a taxi driver from Salford who fell into their clutches while taking aid to Syria. ‘The brutal murder… . . . shows just how barbaric these terrorists are,’ tweeted the UK prime minister. It’s hard to disagree with him. This ‘theatre of cruelty’, the use of beheading and the framing of murder as spectacle, forces an intimate emotional identification with the victim – a fact which ISIS well understand and exploit to maximum effect. Four people have now been killed in this way, symbolic sacrifices in a long-running war which has claimed few victims from amongst the civilian populations of ‘the West’.

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