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A grab taken from video footage on May 11, 2004, showing Nick Berg, from Philadelphia, seated in front of five masked captors moments before he was executed in Iraq

A grab taken from video footage on May 11, 2004, showing Nick Berg, from Philadelphia, seated in front of five masked captors moments before he was executed in Iraq

A grab from an Islamist website video showing the beheading of a South Korean hostage, Kim Sun-il, by militants in Iraq after he was  kidnapped on June 17, 2004.

A grab from an Islamist website video showing the beheading of a South Korean hostage, Kim Sun-il, by militants in Iraq after he was kidnapped on June 17, 2004.

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A grab taken from video footage on May 11, 2004, showing Nick Berg, from Philadelphia, seated in front of five masked captors moments before he was executed in Iraq

I have seen about 20 executions in the last 17 years

WHAT we find shocking depends largely upon what we are exposed to daily and what we come to experience as normal. In a world in which everything is not only showable but shown, nothing shocks – and where nothing shocks, everything is permissible.


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