The other problem as I see it is us becoming, through more and more exposure to violence on all sides, somehow desensitised to the horror and less likely to stand up and be counted against it.
Some people here probably know this already but....
As reported in Saturday's Guardian:
"The US army is the world's biggest games developer...channelling around $1.1bn a year of US taxpayers' money to a war chest for software development via its simulations arm ( www.peostri.army.mil
) and spent $50m setting up its very own LA-based dream factory, the Institute of Creative Technologies, the Hollywood-linked high-tech research centre behind...full Spectrum Warrior".
In 2002, America's Army was released ( www.americasarmy.com
) and "given out at recruitment stations (which frequent US school playgrounds, like predatory ice-cream vans) and put on the internet for free download".
So, all you conspiracy theorists....it seems that there may be a concerted effort to desensitise young people from the horrors of war and violence...and that process is not limited to Hollywood blockbusting "shoot 'em ups".
The question is...for what ends?
American/G7 global imperialism?
BTW, See that there is another hostage who is threatened with beheading. This time it's a Korean [I think] man. It was shocking to see the news item last night where this man was begging for his life. I'm not religious, but my thoughts are with this man's family.