Shortly after the release of a video by the Islamic State showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, many reports are talking of Jordan’s plan to execute an extremist the militants had wanted to be freed. (The extremist is a woman. However, I prefer to speak in terms of character and not gender.)
Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman facing execution for her role in the 2005 hotel bombings in Jordan, was on the table for release upon an agreement offered by Jordan’s government in exchange for the Pilot’s release. Unfortunately, the bargain was not held once the government requested proof the Pilot was still alive.
Both Reuters and AFP, citing unnamed sources, said al-Rishawi will be executed at dawn Wednesday in Jordan.
There is a video out there of the burning of the pilot. However, it could not be independently verified. All that means to me is it could be true, and it could be false. Jordanian TV did say that the burning actually took place Jan. 3. IntelCenter, a part of the state’s media sector, is responsible for monitoring extremist websites and is also responsible for releasing the video.
Of all of the hostage killing situations involved with extremists, IntelCenter says this is the first high-profile hostage to be killed by fire. Everyone else has either been shot or beheaded. Could it be because of all of the attention the extremists have gotten lately, they are something of a, dare I say it, hot streak?
Later on, reporters for Jordanian TV were able to get a statement from Jordanian armed forces spokesman, Mamdouh al-Ameri. In one part of the statement he vowed “punishment and revenge” referring to the heinous actions towards Jordanian Pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.
“While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain,” he said in a statement read later on Jordanian TV.
King Abdullah II of Jordan was on visitation in the U.S. He abruptly ended his visit to Washington and headed home.
Of all things for the U.S. to be involved in, I would like to see some sort of peace made on our behalf in Jordan. Please take a moment to send condolences to the Jordanian government for the loss of one of their protectors, and the family and friends of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.