They did it again.
The tape showed five hooded men standing behind Kim, one reading a statement and gesturing with his right hand. Another captor had a big knife slipped in his belt.
One of the masked men said the message was intended for the Korean people.
"This is what your hands have committed," he read. "Your army has not come here for the sake of Iraqis, but for cursed America."
The Al Qaeda-linked group Monotheism and Jihad took responsibility for Kim's death, according to Al-Jazeera.
The Koreans, both North and South, have a reputation for being some of the toughest in a tough region. Managing to survive in the neighborhood of the Imperial Japanese of old, of Communist China and, in the past few decades, of their own brethren, cannot have been easy. Will the South fold in the face of this atrocity? I don't think so.
I had been searching unsuccessfully for this verse yesterday. My buddy La Shawn found it:
"I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Revelation 20:4)
Coincidence? You make the call.