The end game of the militant group is increasingly hard to understandby Michael Goldfarb / February 4, 2015 / Leave a comment
The war between the comprehensible and the incomprehensible, between the real and the surreal, between the world and the tiny group that calls itself a state but isn’t, has reached a new nadir.
Islamic State, has released its most barbaric video yet, showing the execution by burning alive of Jordanian fighter pilot, First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who had been shot down over Syria late last year. It was a horror beyond civilised comprehension.
The response came within hours. The Jordanian government executed, Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi-born woman sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide attack on an Amman hotel, as well as another al Qaeda in Iraq member, Ziyad Karboli.
By chance—or not—Jordan’s King Abdullah II was in Washington DC for meetings with President Obama when the IS video was released. After a hastily arranged photo-op meeting with the President he immediately flew back to Jordan. In a statement, Abdullah called IS a deviant group whose actions bear no relation to Islam. He vowed not to give up the fight.
Queen Rania, a powerful female voice in the Arab world, began an Instagram campaign, echoing #JeSuisCharlie, using the hashtag WeAreAllMoaz.
Meanwhile in Japan, the aftershocks from the videotaped beheading of Kenji Goto, released on Sunday, echo the situation in Jordan and also France. There were the inevitable comparisons to the destruction of the World Trade Center. “It is a 9/11 equivalent for Japan. All the goodwill and noble intentions [of the past] did not work,” former diplomat Kuni Miyake told the Financial Times.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to make the murderers of Goto and his fellow hostage Haruna Yukawa “pay the price.” Abe said, “I will never forgive these terrorists. I will work with the international community to hold them responsible for their deplorable acts.”
The leading Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun demanded, “It is the duty of Japan, as a member of the global community, to join the international coalition against IS.”
That is unlikely to happen. Last year Abe was able to reinterpret Japan’s post-war constitution…