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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Jordan's Abdullah has what Obama doesn't

Jordan's King Abdullah has found what President Hussein Obama is missing. True to his word, Abdullah returned from the United States on Wednesday morning (he cut his trip short) to preside over the execution of two ISIS terrorists.
The death of the pilot, First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh, had spurred promises Tuesday evening of a severe response from Jordan, but execution of the two prisoners in the early hours of Wednesday came with unexpected swiftness. It was a dramatic tit-for-tat in the fight against Islamic State militants who have killed numerous high-profile hostages as they have spread across Iraq and Syria since last summer.
The two executed were Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman whose release the militants had demanded, and Ziad al-Karbouli, a man convicted in 2007 of plotting terror acts, according to an interior ministry statement.
Jordan last week offered a prisoner swap under which it said it would exchange Ms. Rishawi for Lt. Kasasbeh, who had been captured in December after his plane crashed on a mission over Syria.
Ms. Rishawi—a self-described al Qaeda operative—was sentenced to death for her role in Amman hotel bombings in 2005. The militants had demanded Ms. Rishawi be handed to them by Jan. 29 to spare the lives of Lt. Kasasbeh and another hostage, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto
Jordan asked for proof the pilot was alive, however, and the talks stalled. Islamic State distributed a video Saturday purporting to show Mr. Goto’s decapitation, drawing condemnation from leaders in Japan, Jordan, the U.S. and elsewhere.
The video of Lt. Kasasbeh’s purported killing then emerged on Tuesday evening. The 22-minute video begins with footage of Jordanian involvement in a U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State. It then shows what appears to be Lt. Kasasbeh describing Jordan’s military operations before he is burned alive inside a cage.
This is the only response the Islamic terrorists understand. Abdullah is smart enough to know it. If there are enough responses like this one, they will stop. 

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At 11:21 AM, Blogger Gershon said...

I agree that this approach is the only one with any hope of succeeding but sadly I doubt how effective even Jordan's approach is in deterring people-better, pereh Adam- from their murderous ways

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

I'm sure it feels good but deterrence is an utterly alien concept to these people.

All of sudden we've discovered they're bad guys? What about the rape armies? What about mass executions of women and children in the street? What about 9 year olds cutting off heads? What about the cannibalism? What about running the populations of whole villages over with tanks, executing people with RPGs, crucifying children and stuffing hundreds of severed heads on poles?

Are you not entertained?

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Malcolm said...

Laura:Would the world remotely give a damn if it were an Israeli? Of course not. It would be treated by the media and world community as if it was justifiable and understandable. But you can see the sympathy emanating from the media for Jordan as you did for France. Should Jordan retaliate, you can be sure they won’t be condemned. Only Jewish victims of terrorism are treated with moral ambiguity. And only the Jewish state is not supposed to retaliate and defend itself.

The bottom line is, the Muslim world, including Jordanians, have given their moral support to terrorism directed against infidels. Now they express outrage over the blowback. They get no sympathy from me.

Obama, where is the same solidarity with Israel as you have expressed with Jordan? Instead, Israel gets lectured to be restrained and not to use “disproportionate force” after its people are murdered. However, Jordan’s retaliatory measures will get western support.

Isis has been beheading Christians, beheading western hostages, committing genocide against Yazidis etc. for some time now. Why weren’t they worth fighting against Isis for? Why is the world suddenly galvanized against Isis now? Have we been so dhimmified in the west that we have come to accept the Islamic supremacist idea that Muslims lives matter more? Infidel lives matter. Do you think if this had been an American or Israeli pilot, there would be this kind of reaction?

At 1:11 AM, Blogger Firehand said...

Hell of a lot of people have known what they are for a long time; however, the idiot occupying the Oval Office either doesn't believe, doesn't care, or has some other reason for not wanting to deal with it.

At 2:27 AM, Blogger great Unknown said...

What Abdullah has that Obama doesn't is a sense of responsibility for the country he leads.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Smijj said...

I think Obama is going to wait this one out. Let a republican president get is hands dirty.

As for the U.K, we've got an election to worry about. War doesn't win votes. Let the barbarians kill each other, and we'll negotiate with who's left for oil, etc.

If we're really smart, we'll sell them weapons and use that money to track all the radicals that come back.

Too cynical?

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Bill N said...

Excellent response. Clear and concise on what these barbarians are capable of. Of course, my favorite is the the quote at the end. "Are you not entertained?"


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