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We condemn the execution of Kenji Goto

We condemn the execution of Kenji Goto

January 31
21:13 2015

The Editorial Board

The North Texas Daily was sad to learn of the beheading of Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State terrorists, and rebuke Islamic State extremists for their actions in targeting journalists and other innocent lives.

The video, titled “A Message to the Government of Japan,” followed previous executions, featuring Goto, wearing an orange jumpsuit, kneeling beside an Islamic State terrorist wearing a black jumpsuit. The killer spoke in what appeared to be a British accent.

“Abe,” the terrorist said, speaking to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found.”

Japan did not meet the hostage demands of these terrorists, resulting in Goto’s execution, an advisable move considering the organization’s hunger for power. Had Japan met those demands, IS would have been enabled to expand further, reaching new heights in its already concerning spread in the Middle East.

The value of Goto’s life is irreplaceable, but in terms of the fight against global terrorism, his death is but one in a series of senseless executions. These killings will continue as long as a free world remains.

This enemy is an illogical one, not fully understanding the implications that resound when a countrymen is murdered on the world’s stage. Japan and the world must never stoop to the demands of IS, or any other terror organization.

Shinzo’s responding statement was one of deep sorrow and pain, paralleling similar responses by President Obama and other Western leaders. Goto’s murder reminds us all that terrorism is not warfare against an individual nation, but a fight against an ideology.

The world must take this form of extremism as a lesson, and to become united. Countries each have differing ideologies, all besieged by extremist attacks. The world must work as one in this fight, else risking the ability to differ in philosophy. If it were up to IS, only one idea would have domain.

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