No, the Islamic State is not actually beheading people on the Glazov Gang (yet). This week’s Glazov Gang is just focused on that topic — why the Islamic State beheads. Yes, it’s in the Qur’an (47:4), but there’s more. On this show, the Redoubtable Russian was joined by Dawn Perlmutter, the Director of the Symbol Intelligence Group and one of the leading subject matter experts (SME) in symbols, symbolic methodologies, unfamiliar customs and ritualistic crimes. She designed and developed Jihad-ID, a symbolic database of the signs, symbols and identifiers of global jihad.
Ms. Perlmutter takes viewers into the dark world of jihad’s key tactic and signature. She also discussed how beheading raises the Islamic State’s street cred, the fear of naming the enemy, beheading videos as a propaganda tool, and much, much more: