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#NotAllMuslims Behead Japanese Hostage, Demand Prisoner Exchange

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Wait. Some Muslims who aren’t really Muslims have done something horrible? It must be a day ending in “y.”

Martin Fackler, NYT:

Japan’s prime minister expressed outrage on Sunday at an image released Saturday that appeared to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by Islamic State militants, and President Obama condemned what he called a “brutal murder.”

The kidnappers had threatened to kill the men if a Friday deadline passed for a $200 million ransom from Japan. On Saturday, a video appeared in which one of the hostages, Kenji Goto, a 47-year-old journalist, was shown holding a photo of what appeared to be the decapitated body of the other hostage, Haruna Yukawa, 42, an adventurer.

Now those terrific guys in the Islamic State — which, of course, is not Islamic — are dropping their demand for $200 million. Now they’re demanding the release of a female terrorist who’s facing the death penalty in Jordan, or the other Japanese hostage will be killed.

The U.S. and Japan are trying to determine if Yukawa really is dead, but I’m willing to give ISIS the benefit of the doubt: It’s a pack of filthy savages.

Time for more speeches. Time for more euphemisms. Time for more denial.

(Hat tip: Noah Rothman)