Barbarism Thy Name Is ISIS
In any war, it’s the reckless acts of barbarism that grab the headlines and lurch in the public domain. On February 3, 2015, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video supposedly showing the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot it had captured in December. Later, the Jordanian government confirmed that Islamic State militants had killed a captive Jordanian pilot and said this had happened on January 3. Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh had been in Islamic State captivity since his plane crashed over Syria in December. The video released online showed images of a man alleged to be Moaz al-Kasasbeh engulfed in flames inside a metal cage. In what appears to be a new ISIS strategy of blackmailing the nations, the extremists are using these captured hostages to convey their demands, in this case—of releasing a female Iraqi bomber who was jailed in Jordan and hanged after this gruesome act. US President Barack Obama condemned the video as a further proof of “the viciousness and barbarity of the ISIS”. He further added that the pilot’s killing will “redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of a global coalition” to degrade and defeat the ISIS. It is noteworthy that Jordan is one of the anti-ISIS coalition members that carried out airstrikes against the ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The US-led anti-ISIS coalition has been launching anti-jihadist airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since September last and the Jordanian pilot’s plane was the first coalition warplane to have crashed in the war zone. Earlier too, Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist was the second hostage in a week to be executed by the jihadis, in what they have said, is punishment for Tokyo’s pledge of $200 million (175 million euros) in aid to countries affected by the bloody seizure of large areas of Iraq and Syria last year by the ISIS. Even before that, ISIS claimed responsibility for the beheading of Haruna Yukawa after the expiration of a 72-hour ultimatum.
Leaders and diplomats from more than 30 countries have pledged to use “whatever means necessary” including military action to defeat the global threat of ISIS after a crisis meeting in Paris, after the gruesome beheading of an American photo-journalist and a British aid-worker by Islamic State militants. The Islamic State is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the American occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of large territories in western and northern Iraq. It’s the sheer enormity of the slaughter that’s overstretching this group’s resources, but ISIS’s murderous approach has compounded the problem. Also, the murder and rape of women is another heinous strategy of these militants. Hair-raising stories of women’s horrific experiences fill the Internet daily and from time to time, human rights groups release worrisome data about the extent of rape, noting that the price of a woman or child is no more than a few dozen dollars each. In India, despite all the tell-tale signs of the looming danger ostensibly by ISIS, the security agencies continue to be blurry-eyed and unprepared. The case of home-grown radicals influenced by jihad in Syria or those of returning foreign fighters remains a danger to multi-religious, secular and democratic countries with substantial Muslim populations like India. ISIS is a real terror problem with its fangs reaching not just in the West Asia region but beyond, India needs to realise this and get its act together, before the problem escalates. For, these agents of terror are totally mentally bankrupt. They cannot judge what is right and what is wrong. They are self-proclaimed gods. But gods for whom? For a section of disillusioned people. The people who believe in the cult of guns, bloodshed and mass murder; the people who have created a false belief around themselves that they are the saviour of the religion, that they are caliphs, the representatives of noble thought. But they should learn the lessons of noble thought from Malala, who has risen like a glimmer of hope. She showed that guns are not the real solution to the problems. Instead education is; development is. Hence, they should shun the path of gun culture and bring happiness to people by investing their resources and energy in noble work.