Jordan Pilot Hostage Moaz Al-Kasasbeh ‘Burned Alive’
Just when I thought they’d sunk as far into the depths of depravity as possible:
Jordan has confirmed the death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video published online by Islamic State (IS) claimed to show him being burned alive.
The video shows a man standing in a cage and engulfed in flames. Intelligence officials are working to confirm it is genuine.
Jordan vowed “punishment and revenge”. […]
The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner says the new and horrific video is aimed at a world already shocked by the calculated cruelty of Islamic State’s actions,
Jordanian state TV reports that Lt Kasasbeh, 26, was killed a month ago - since when Jordan has continued attempts to secure his release. […]
Now I understand why Jordan was insisting on proof that he was alive.
There were family members who hoped Lt Kasasbeh would be treated with lenience because he was a Muslim, while others feared he would be harshly dealt with as an enemy pilot. And all along on both sides of the argument was the nagging fear that no proof of life was received, no photographs and no video.
The family’s reaction, of course, will be one of deep grief and distress. But in wider Jordanian society, there will be pressure for the government to hit back. An implicit threat to speed up the execution of IS prisoners in Jordanian jails, where some are already on death row, may now be carried out. […]