This site claims the beheading was done on a dummy of some sort and provides documentary "evidence." You will not see Foley's alleged head sitting on his alleged body. There is a shot of his head (unless it's a fake, too) on top of a headless body. There are some seeming contradictions, such as that Foley is said to smile at times before the beheading, suggesting he's in on the fake.

There's also a link to the actual ISIS video, but even that video apparently cuts away after the first few strokes of the knife (or so the article claims: I don't watch beheading videos).

Now, I'm a bit of a knife collector, and the knife the supposed executioner seems to be using doesn't seem up to doing anything like a beheading at all efficiently. Imagine carving a chicken with a Swiss Army Knife. Also, it would probably be useful to let the body largely bleed out before attempting to get through the spine.

Despite all that, apparently ISIS claims responsibility. The conspiracy theorist seems to lay responsibility on the doorstep of Britain and/or the Iraeli Mossad.

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I recently said in another post that I tend to be wary of conspiracy theories. In this case, I think it is quite possible the video was faked. The perpetrators could have any number of reasons for doing so. As they are using it for propaganda, it seems, they would want to control how it looked, using post-production, etc. Imagine filming it and getting blood splattered on the lens for example. Not very professional. However I take my usual stance with the idea that he wasn't killed by ISIS. I imagine if it is a fake they just killed him somewhere unceremoniously instead.

From what I know about anatomy, a slice across the front of the neck isn't going to necessarily produce a huge gush of blood due to the lack of pressure. However, once it goes around the side, where the carotid arteries are, it should actually spurt out.

Not seeing the video you referred to in the last graph.

That was worth the wait.

I find it very strange that a group that thrives on mass executions, and litter the internet with videos of beheadings should be squirmish when the beheading is of a Western journalist. I ink the conspiracy theorists here are trying to give the IS a moral veneer because they see that the beheadings cause a strong moral backlash even among Muslims.

Their videos have two purposes: one is to attract more nutters to come and fight for them, or just send money, and the other is in order to terrorise their audience. The first is a definite success, as would-be henchmen flock to their banner, but I think that they make a mistake on the other purpose. The people under their rule - or about to come under their rule - will probably be suitably terrorised, but people further away, like say, the U.S., only gets more determined not to let the IS rule anything.

Right now, NATO chiefs are debating how to intervene against IS (and the only thing going for the IS here is the fact that they form an important part of the opposition to Syria's Asad - another guy we do not like). I believe that if IS had not adopted the terror policy and tried to make enemies out of everybody around them, they would have been left alone, despite their extreme views.

So no, I do not believe the beheadings are fake, for the simple reason that they have no reason fake them.

First, I think the conspiratorialists believe that the beheadings were faked by CIA or Mossad, not ISIS.

Secondly, I think most of us had nearly forgotten about NATO (by which I mean, they weren't in the forefront of our collective consciousness very much), but NOW not only is there ISIS but a restive Russian President who clearly wants his legacy to be reassembling the USSR, though not as an avowedly Communist state. I think he views himself as a benign (to Russians) dictator, whose role is to maximize Russian power and prestige.

While some people always seem to want war and some will think it's never justified, sometimes it's impossible to sit back and let things go to pieces in the interest of a few more weeks, months, and years of peace.

"First, I think the conspiratorialists believe that the beheadings were faked by CIA or Mossad, not ISIS."
Yes, this part is really fun, or strange. The ISIS does everything it can to take credit for the claims, and the conspiratorialists try to shift the credit to the other side. So how do the conspiratorialists explain the continues stream of ISIS horror videos - and I am not speaking about the relatively rare event of the killing of a Western journalist, but the more common one of execution of prisoners of war, or the random gunning down of fleeing people. Is that also orchestrated by the CIA?

Hollywood style HD CGI. ;)

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