Late last week ISIS released a third beheading video. This time the victim was a British citizen and a man who was delivering humanitarian aid in Syria, David Haines.
David Haines was a 44-year old married father of two who had spent his adult life working to relieve the suffering of others – serving with the UN in the Balkans, in Libya at a mission for Handicap International and then in Syria as an aid worker. His last statements sent the message that ISIS wished to convey, blaming his murder not on his killers but on British Prime Minister David Cameron.
David Haines: “My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I would like to declare that I hold you David Cameron entirely responsible for my execution.
“You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State just as your predecessor Tony Blair did following a trend amongst our British Prime Minsters who can’t find the courage to say no to the Americans’
“Unfortunately it is we the British public who will pay the price for our parliament’s selfish decisions.”
ISIS militant: “This British man has to the pay the price for your promise Cameron to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State ironically he has spent a decade of his life serving under the same Royal Air Force that is responsible for delivering those arms.
“Your evil alliance with America which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the haditha dam will only accelerate your destruction and playing the role of the obedient lapdog Cameron will only drag you and your people into another bloody and un-winable war.
Haines is the third westerner to have his murder recorded as a message to the western nations who are involved in politics of the Middle East. The first two were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. After Haines’ execution the ISIS villains who murdered him trotted out their next intended victim, another British aid worker, Alan Henning a 47-year old who was also working in Syria to relieve the suffering of people living through the Syrian conflict. The latest video ends with a direct threat to the British people, “If you, Cameron, persist in fighting the Islamic State then you like your master Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.”
The audacity of these madmen to blame their vicious orgy of violence on the actions of western nations is astounding. Many of these terrorists, like the executioner himself “Jihadi John,” have spent years enjoying the very excesses in the West that they now decry. These Islamic militants have spent 1400+ years slaughtering each other, killing MILLIONS of their own, yet somehow they blame the USA (and her western allies) for the pain and suffering of their people?
In just the last year or so ISIS has killed more Muslims than the USA killed in our 225+ year history! But we’re the bad guys. It’s a farce. A complete and utter farce.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to reply to both the murder and the ISIS cowards who kill the weak and defenseless.
“We will hunt down those responsible and bring them to justice, no matter how long it takes.
“Step by step we must drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy ISIL (IS) and what is stands for. We will do so in a calm, deliberate way but with an iron determination.
“We will not do so on our own, but by working closely with our allies, not just the United States and in Europe, but with our allies in the region.”
The family of David Haines also spoke out. His brother Mike Haines released a letter telling the world who his brother was and why he will be remembered.
“My name is Mike Haines, I am brother to David Haines, who was recently murdered in cold blood.
“David was like so very many of us, just another bloke. Born in 1970 to parents who loved us both, our childhood was centred around our family. Holidays in caravans and tents, days away as a family which we remember fondly. David and I were brought up to know right from wrong, although we might not with the innocence of youth have always chosen right. David was a good brother, there when I needed him and absent when I didn’t. I hope that he felt the same way about me. He was, in the right mood, the life and soul of the party and on other times the most stubborn irritating pain in the ass. He would probably say the same about me.
“After leaving school he worked with the Royal Mail before joining the RAF as an aircraft engineer. He married his childhood sweetheart Louise and in the due process of time had a wee lass Bethany. He was — and no doubt wherever he is — exceptionally proud of Bethany.
“David served with the UN in the Balkans, helping people in real need. There are many accolades from people in that region that David helped. He helped whoever needed help, regardless of race, creed or religion. During this time David began to decide that humanitarian work was the field he wanted to work in.
“David left the RAF and was employed by Scotrail. As with every job, David entered into it with enthusiasm. David met and married his second wife Dragana and they have a four year old daughter Athea.
“David was most alive and enthusiastic in his humanitarian roles. His joy and anticipation for the work he went to do in Syria is for myself and family the most important element of this whole sad affair.
“He was and is loved by all his family and will be missed terribly.”
Whether ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Shabaab, Al-Nusra Front, Abu Sayyaf, Ansar al-Sharia, or any other Muslim terrorist group… the people who populate these organizations are murderers. They are killers who actively participate in the vicious attacks perpetrated upon innocent and usually defenseless people. They treat life as if it were meaningless and do not care what kind of havoc they wreak in the lives of those around them.
These groups use us in the west as a scapegoat for their heinous activities, but is there anyone who doubts that Islamic terrorism would be alive and well even if the United States and her western allies were not involved in MidEast politics? Anyone who questions this would do well to read about the Barbary pirates or the conquering armies of the early Islamic Empire.
It’s not about us… it’s all about them.
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