They killed a convert to Islam. (!)
What happened to "Convert or Die"?
I guess not applicable to Americans.
Undoubtedly, this former Army Ranger had converted just to help alleviate suffering.
Islamic State Video Claims Beheading of American Peter Kassig - WSJ - WSJ
Looks like the Butcher May be the same suspect/British Rapper as the other videos:"...Mr. Kassig founded a nongovernment organization, Special Emergency Relief and Assistance, in September 2012 to provide the aid. The Kassig family has released photographs of their son smiling with truckloads of medical supplies destined for Syria’s neediest and patching up maimed Syrians in hospital beds.
Islamic State’s threats to killed Mr. Kassig over the past few months had been met with outrage from Syrian rebels and civilians, who praised the 26-year-old American for his efforts to provide medical attention to victims of the war.
The Indiana native was kidnapped in October 2013 as he delivered aid to eastern Deir Ezzour province.
During the past year, he converted to Islam and adopted the name Abdul Rahman, Arabic for “servant of the merciful.” He prayed and fasted during the holy month of Ramadan, according to fellow Western captives who were freed by Islamic State after their governments paid ransoms to the group, according to reports from friends.
Mr. Kassig’s dedication to helping Syrians in need was more powerful than his fear of traveling to the war torn country as kidnappings of foreigners mounted, friends and family said. He was a former U.S. Army Ranger whose deployment in Iraq had affected him tremendously and influenced him to embrace pacifism, they said.
Friends said they had tried to talk him out of making his last trip to Syria from his base in southern Turkey in October 2013. The political landscape in Syria had changed by then, and Islamic State was routing the rebels and civilians who had protected Mr. Kassig during previous trips.
“If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need,” Mr. Kassig wrote to his family in a letter they received in June.
http://www.debatepolitics.com/europe...hadi-john.html (London Rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary investigated as police hunt for 'Jihadi John')
Last edited by mbig; 11-16-14 at 12:55 PM.
I'm personally sick of not being able to dunk a basketball because of racism.
"There is a lot of talk coming from CitiGroup about how Dodd-Frank isn't perfect, So let me say this to anyone listening at Citi —I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces." -- Elizabeth Warren
I don't mean to argue it here but IF Bush had followed the Constitutional mandate, IF Obama had follow the Constitutional mandate we probably would have had or currently have a clearly defined mission - OR we wouldn't be there today. Only Congress can declare war. There has been no formal declaration of war. No national unity for which to be committed, no national sacrifice, no clearly defined mission. If you don't understand the necessity of your mission, if it is not clearly defined you don't then have a clearly defined exit strategy.
Bush did not have a clear mission and he damn sure didn't have a clear exit strategy. Obama ran on the promise, among other things, to pull troops out of Iraq and end our direct involvement in the mess that we created. That didn't happen. We remain. Our physical commitment about to grow again. Obama then went to Congress and asked for a war on ISIS or ISIL. There was no formal declaration of war. I don't know how there could be in that regard. And the mission? Not clearly defined.
It is my opinion that most Americans would prefer to be the hell out of the region. Beheadings are being conducted publicly to keep Americans in the region. For more than a few Americans the sensationalism seems to work.
Last edited by Risky Thicket; 11-16-14 at 02:08 PM.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
What he needs to do is send back in a military presence (this wont be fighting Iraq over again, but it WILL get worse the longer we delay) and make it clear that we will finish the mission, not leave according to a calendar. As disturbing, he wants to do the same in Afghanistan. He'd lose a war for politics in a heartbeat and he has.
The FACT here, is we have a POTUS unable to do anything substantive. This will likely not change unless there is another major US attack, or a new POTUS is elected in 2016. Which means no definitive response until 2017 at the earliest.
Obama has willingly left our former allies alone, and he's allowed a TERRORIST STATE to aggressively grow across Asia and Africa. Thats real.