I don’t know if this is ironic, poetic or some amazing mixture of both – but there is an interesting story coming out of the Middle East today. A British sniper serving in the fight against ISIS just did something that not many people can say they’ve done…
While on patrol near an area under ISIS control, a British SAS officer happened to notice a group of terrorists studying the proper methods of beheading a prisoner. About 20 ISIS terrorists had gathered to learn some of the finer points behind properly beheading a prisoner when the SAS officer took aim at the man leading the instruction. As the terrorist was teaching his anxious charges, the British sniper aimed and fired, and milliseconds later the terrorists head was separated from his body landing at the feet of his students.
Another soldier who witnessed the shot still seemed in awe as he described what took place. “One minute he was standing there and the next his head had exploded. The commander remained standing upright for a couple of seconds before collapsing and that’s when panic set in. We later heard most of the recruits deserted. We got rid of 21 terrorists with one bullet.”
The anecdote perfectly encapsulates a truth about the war on terror that sometimes gets lost in the barbarity of our enemy. For all of their bluff and bluster, the radical Islamic jihadists are simply backwater criminals from a stone age culture using antiquated weapons to strike fear into innocent and undefended people. If the Western world chose to wipe the jihadi radicals from the world tomorrow… we could accomplish this task. In fact, the only reason that any terrorist extremist still breathes today is because our Western values, morals and culture dictate that we treat our enemies with more respect and humanity than they treat us.
However, as this British officer explained with his bullet… our patience is not without limit.