You really do have to wonder who is in charge of PR for ISIS. Because this looks like a sure-fire way to turn everyone against them including fellow Muslims in the Middle East:
CNN — Pictures published on ISIS’s official al Furqan media site apparently show Jordanian military pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive while confined in a cage. ISIS militants seized al-Kassasbeh after his jet crashed in Syria in December. The terror group said it captured him after he ejected from his crashing F-16 during U.S.-led coalition airstrikes near ISIS’s de facto capital, Raqqa. In January, video messages apparently from ISIS said that al-Kassasbeh would be killed if Jordan didn’t release Sajida al-Rishawi, a female jihadist imprisoned in Jordan for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing.
Jordanian officials just reportedly released a statement saying they believe this pilot was actually executed back around the first of the year.
I guess we should be guarded on that last statement. There have been recent reports that ISIS and Jordanian officials were in negotiations for this pilot and that those negotiations broke down. Given how ISIS has behaved, it wouldn’t be a bit surprising if they were negotiating the life of a pilot that was already dead. But it would also get Jordan off the hook for any blame that they failed to secure his release. Regardless, Jordan deserves the benefit of the doubt more than ISIS and that’s saying it nicely.
Whenever ISIS posts another snuff film there is a back and forth along the lines of these asshole don’t represent ‘real’ Muslims and here’s why we shouldn’t hate all Muslims. And there are those who argue the opposite, that they’re ‘real’ Muslims and therefore all Muslims deserve contempt. Are people really not capable of recognizing that, yes indeed, this is a ‘real’ version of Islam (I’m not sure if the term denomination or sect or whatever is accurate) replete with edicts and religious apologetics issued by clerics within ISIS justifying all sorts of barbaric behavior and the vast majority of Muslims the world over do not share those specific beliefs and are sickened by the practices of ISIS?