By Nazar Rassam
The media have kept us informed about the horrific killing of Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, the Royal Jordanian air force pilot who was burned alive while trapped in a cage by ISIL (the islamic state of Iraq and Levant) in January 2015. Al-Kaseasbeh F16 flightier aircraft was crashed near Al-Raqqa, Syria during the military intervention against ISIL, in December 2014. ISIL did ask to negotiate for the exchange of Sajida Mubarak Al-Rishawi, an ISIL captured member in Amman, Jordan.
Since the incidence of Al-Kaseasbeh, King Abdullah II of Jordan have started revenge actions for the blood of Al-Kaseasbeh. Once ISIL released a video of the murder on social media on February 3rd 2015. The king stated that all ISIL captured personal under his custody are to be killed. And sure enough both Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi and Ziad Khalaf al-Karbouly whom both have been kept captured since 2005 for the Amman hotel bombing, were executed by hanging. Jordanian warplanes also bombed ISIL positions in Mosul, Iraq and Ar-Raqqah, Syria.
ISIL is a Muslim jihadist rebel group which was established in 1999 as Al-Qaida in Iraq, spreading terror and entering Sunni majority cities to recruits fighters. In February 2014 Al-Qaida decided to cut all ties with ISIL because of it failure to consult. ISIL by then have spread in Syria, Iraq and many other countries in the area. They held ground attacks and drove the government forces away from these areas. ISISL’s strategy for recruiting involves not only brain washing men and women but also children of all ages and backgrounds. Their strategy is to affect future generations and leave their blue print.
Yes, the inhuman and horrific killing of Al-Kasaebeh is unacceptable and is indeed worthy of the world’s attention. At the same time though, through all these years ISIL have achieved cleansing of whole ethnic groups, forcing people of certain religions out of their homes and cities, group raping, burying groups of people alive, sex trafficking, and beheading of people. They established certain rules to be lived by or otherwise death is the other option. This list is a simplified and small fraction of the big scale destruction happening from this group. These incidents are worthy of the media’s and world’s attention.
Eventually and recently many countries have joined the efforts in fighting ISIL. The extent and the size of the fight is difficult to measure since the actual size of ISIL is not quantified and increasing by the day and thus measuring how bad the situation is somewhat questionable.
It is very puzzling how a small group of people that even excited during the time of Saddam grew so incredibly and out of control. Was the world watching during that time? If the media at the time have made a bigger deal about the topic , then the public’s outrageous anger would have acted as a catalyst forcing the authorities and government to act upon the issue. Is it too late?
Being from Iraq and the middle east this topic is very dear to my heart.
Yes those ISIL people claim to represent Muslims and fighting for Islam, but the Muslims grew up with reflect nothing of ISIL’s philosophy and are disgusted by those creatures.
Mosul, the city I come from, once was the capital of the so called Mesopotamia, that same Mesopotamia that civilization started and nourished on the banks of its beloved Tigris and Euphrates. Mosul has its own share of Biblical references and its ground is nourished with churches, cathedrals, mosques and temples so ancient that a date can not be labeled. In July of 2014 those same cathedrals were being bombed and whipped out of sight. Christians were being forced to either, flee their own homes within few hours notice or face death by the sward. What was the government, the rest of the world and UN doing?
At that time I wondered what if the Mona Lisa painting was damaged or an ethnic group was threatened. What would the reaction be? It did not seem normal.
Last summer over night ISIS reached a city in Iraq and they started digging the ground… People of the city were puzzled until ISIL started pushing people into the holes and burring them alive.
ISIL is to a great extend a product of the war. And needs to be cleaned up.