“Don’t Worry Is Just A VIdeo” How ISIS Keeps Hostages Calm in Their Beheading Videos!

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The Islamic State’s beheading videos are remarkable for their brutality, their professional-quality film production, and for the unnerving calm the victims maintain as they speak to the cameras before their deaths. A defector named “Saleh” revealed to Sky News how ISIS manages to keep their hostages so docile in those videos: they rehearse. ISIS captors tell their hostages that they aren’t going to be killed: “Don’t worry, doesn’t matter, nothing dangerous for you.” Since the executions were rehearsed many times, the captives remain calm, not knowing that their deaths are imminent. Saleh explains that victims were given Arabic names to trick them into believing they would be treated well. To induce their captives to read the statements prepared by ISIS, a militant would tell the victims “no problem, only video, we don’t kill you, we want from your government [to] stop attacking Syria. We don’t have any problem with you; you are only our visitors.’” -mrctv