More than 70 years after the Holocaust, a cruel and barbaric evil has surfaced. There is no depth to their depravity and their medieval methods of torture and murder are becoming more and more atrocious. They are so depraved that not even Al Qaeda want to be associated with them. In a recent interview with members of the world’s previous first ranked terror organization, Al Qaeda terrorists described their fear of the Islamic State (Daesh).
Nobody is immune from their evil clutches, not aid workers, not journalists and not even their co-religionists. They are more sophisticated than their counterparts, understanding the power of social media and good video editing and their poster boy, Jihadi John, a citizen of the United Kingdom understands the veracity of clear communication in English. In short, they are terrifying.
The horrific irony is that these execution videos or sick snuff films are becoming recruitment calls and thousands around the world are signing up to become members of this gang of terror.
They have marched through the Middle East on their mission of mayhem, slaughtering Yazidis, crucifying Christians, including children, beheading journalists and aid workers and leaving a trail of death in their wake.
Cartoon courtesy of RAFO
They are a dangerous enemy because they are not an army we can meet on a battlefield or easily identify. They hide, like faceless cowards behind their balaclavas and masks.
Last night they released their footage of the execution of Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh. A devout Sunni Muslim, al-Kasasbeh was burnt alive while being held in a cage. I have not and don’t need to watch the footage – I can hear his screams.
No, you will not see links to the video of al-Kasasbeh’s execution here or still photography pictures. I will not be complicit in giving Daesh the media coverage they crave. Their victims die torturous deaths and the trauma for their loved ones is unimaginable.
Vigil held for Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh
Last week we commemorated 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Day. The tears and the painful memories which are forever embedded in our hearts and in our consciousness flowed freely.
To coincide with this, the BBC held an hour long debate on whether or not it is time to lay the Holocaust to rest. The link is included below.
This is offensive on SO many levels. Anti-Semitism is reaching alarming levels around the world and once again, Jews are fleeing Europe. Holocaust Survivor, Roman Kent’s plea “Do not let our past become our children’s future” cut to the very heart of me. This is why we talk about the Holocaust. This is why we endeavor to educate. When we took that vow NEVER AGAIN, we promised Roman Kent, we promised our family members we lost, we promised the victims of the Holocaust we will never let it happen again. We promised future generations that we will create a better world for them.
More than 70 years after the Holocaust can we really say we learnt anything? In Rwanda and Cambodia, in the former Yugoslavia and in the Ukraine and across the Middle East, genocide and mass murder has resurfaced.
We are not dealing with the issues. We use words like “militant” or “extremist” to describe these murderous barbarians. Let us call them what they are. They are terrorists. Until we call it what it is, we will never be able to defeat them.
World leaders cannot make speeches filled with sound bites or send famed folk singers to sing kumbaya as a gesture of goodwill to the victims.
Enough is enough. We owe it to Roman Kent and the victims of the Holocaust, the Yazidis, Christians who are being slaughtered the people of Rwanda, Cambodia and other genocides to give them the voice they never had. ISIS and their ilk are the Nazis of this era and they need to be defeated for once and for all.
We cannot let NEVER AGAIN become AGAIN AND AGAIN. It is a time to scream.