Friday, November 15, 2013

Beheaded the Wrong Guy

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:


Some mistakes you just cannot take back and correct.

Al Qaeda of Iraq and Syria beheaded someone whom they believed to be the leader of President Assad's forces.

They cut off his head and held it up in the town square. The entire event was filmed and posted on line.

After it was posted viewers responded on line explaining that the bearded head was not a Shiite leader at all - it was the head of a member of a Sunni rebel group, a member of a group that was fighting Assad. The beheaded and the beheaders were supposedly fighting on the same side.

This gruesome, senseless, brutal episode underscores just how disconnected the situation is right now in Syria.

Al Qaeda has asked for "understanding and forgiveness." Understanding, I doubt it, Forgiveness, I am certain they will not receive.

Expect a huge rift between the groups in the not too distant future. 

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1 comment:

  1. While I totally agree with your comments about Al Qaeda and the mistaken identity and take the head of the rebel. While not necessarily related to Israel and the US, I don't think the rebels have cornered the market of beheading. It's been happening for years in Mexico, which is so sad. And the groups doing this is not political, just want to corner the market of drugs.