By now it is obvious ISIS, ISIL, or Islamic State isn't conducting a revolution, or war. What we are witnessing is a bunch of hard core violent offenders running amok in what amounts to the largest prison riot in the history of humankind.
How else can you explain a parade of atrocities so appalling that nearly every person in the world who considers themselves a human being wants this roiling mass of psychotics wiped off the face of the planet. When it comes to crimes against humanity, they have all the sickening and lethal potential of Heinrich Himmler's SS. Indeed, when you leave heads on the tops of walls and crucified bodies hanging on street corners, you immediately sink to the level of the depraved monsters who handed civilization places like Auschwitz.
According to various media outlets, on September 19th some of the IS good ol' boys barged into the home of Samira Salih al-Nuaimi. They were, as always, pissed off. This time it was because Ms. al-Nuaimi was not only a woman, but she had posted on her facebook page that the IS destruction of Shi'ite mosques and shrines in Mosul was, among other things, barbaric.
She was accused of apostasy, because--well--it sounds a little more mature than charging her with, She Said Bad Things About Us. They dragged her into a "sharia court," then in short order convicted her. Afterward they tortured her for five days. Yesterday she was taken to a public square in Mosul and a firing squad executed her. It is unclear if she was afforded that type of death, as opposed to having her head sawed, off because she was a Muslim, a woman, or simply all the available knives were in need of sharpening. According to NBC, her body was handed over to her family, but they were told in no uncertain terms a funeral ceremony was out of the question.
The UN envoy to Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, was quoted as saying that by carrying out the execution ISIS once more revealed, "...its infamous nature combining, hatred, nihilism, and savagery as well as its total disregard of human decency."
Yeah, yeah, now tell us something we don't know.
According to other reports earlier this month an Iraqi man and woman were stoned to death by IS members after they decided the pair had committed adultery. A witness told the media the execution took 15 minutes or so because those carrying it out used rocks only the size of baseballs in order to prolong it.
On Tuesday of this week a woman who had run for a seat on the provincial council was murdered and her husband kidnapped. On the same day another female politico was taken and hasn't been seen since.
Old Joe Stalin had nothing on these vicious yokels--their only real equal in the modern age seems to be the late and quite mad Cambodian, Pol Pot.
A very quick glance at verses in the Quran shows that it calls for a Muslim apostate to be "chastised." How he or she is chastised isn't specified. There is apparently nothing in the book about executing someone for that particular crime. The Quran also says the punishment for adultery should be lashes from a whip as opposed to stoning. All this other crazed stuff, as if lashings aren't crazed, comes from interpretations of what Muhammad implied in his teachings, or he tacitly approved during his life.The harsh revelations enforced by IS were divined only after the prophet's death by those who were supposedly close to him, or studied accounts of him. In other words they are second hand and at best, in a western court of law, hearsay.
The Old Testament book of Deuteronomy calls for the stoning of people who have turned away from the Hebrew faith, but then Jews and Christians, with a few exceptions, have pretty well moved into the 21st century. That's opposed to IS which seems determined to make sure the world is transported back to the seventh and eighth century, but only so long as it includes modern weapons systems.
In the end their barbarity will doom them. The horrors they impose upon the locals in the areas they control do nothing, but ensure every sane and civilized person will call on their governments to destroy them.
Serial killers with tanks are not easily subdued, but no matter how immense their gruesome revolt it will eventually be put down.
As we've seen time and time again, evil always loses. Tragically it takes great effort plus the blood of good souls to defeat it. And, in the end, no matter how decisively it is beaten, evil will always return.
It is, to our great detriment, the nature of the species.