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Muath al-Kaseasbeh

Forever remember the name of Muath al-Kaseasbeh.


In this video he is doused in some sort of accelerant and then burned alive in a metal cage. Should you watch it? That depends. Children should not watch it. Those who will be haunted by flesh melting off of a man being burned alive shouldn’t watch it. But perhaps the rest of us should as a testament to what this brave Jordanian pilot endured and the evils that these masked cowards are willing to inflict on others.

Frankly I think this film’s producers have watched a few too many Quentin Tarantino movies. In Hollywood, this is entertainment. For ISIS, this is some sort of battle cry to the world and military victory. In the real world, this is a man who gave his life, in the most agonizing way imaginable, to protect others.

Al-Kaseasbeh was a married first lieutenant in the Royal Jordanian Air Force whose F-16 went down in Syria in late December. The intelligence and ability required for this job speaks volumes about what caliber of man ISIS just executed. He was a brave, proud, educated man who, at just 26 years of age, left a legacy of service to others.

Prior to his death in this video, a bunch of tiny, unreadable Arabic writing interspersed with images of dead children and bombings flashes on the screen. It seems to be some sort of an attempt to show what horrible atrocities al-Kaseasbeh committed. Most Westerners won’t have a clue what’s being said or what the graphics are all about, so I’m not sure who the target audience was intended to be.

Were all the attempts at razzle dazzle supposed to be intimidating? Aside from the lieutenant’s poise, it played like a drunk Decepticon wrote it after a night binging on conspiracy theory movies from the 1990s. It was very busy and the graphics guy has some deep issues with American-made aircraft. For all I know he’s one of the Westerners who’s devoting his life to a demonic, self-indulgent movement intent on wiping anyone who doesn’t agree with them from the face of the earth.

Dramatic scenes of al-Kaseasbeh being led to his execution follow. He walks past a bunch of masked cowards further cloaked by their lookalike uniforms. While I will never be impressed by infidels who torture and murder those who fight for freedom, them trying to look tough by looking alike while looking upon a true hero made them even less impressive.

What First Lieutenant  al-Kaseasbeh endured is what more will endure if this global gang of thugs isn’t stopped. ISIS and their associates, known by many names, some of which claim to be moderate, are trying to take over the world. They are beheading, raping, torturing, crucifying, and otherwise violating and murdering their fellow human beings, including children.

I have always admired King Abdullah of Jordan and the continual risks he has taken on behalf of Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike. He and his family face grave personal danger for the stands they have taken over the years. Here in the United States, we need leadership that will support what countries like Jordan and Israel are doing to protect freedom and human rights.

Our current leadership won’t even call ISIS and their ilk by name or call them out for what they are. How, then, can the United States effectively stop atrocities like this? How can we stop Americans fighting for ISIS from coming back into this country and doing the same?

Please hold Anwar al-Tarawneh, the wife of Muath al-Kaseasbeh, up in prayer as she processes the horrible death of her husband. Sources says he was murdered a month ago even though the video was just released this week. That surely deepens the trauma. While I am skeptical of some of the videos terrorists produce, Jordan says this one is authentic and plans to execute some ISIS fighters post haste.

As Chesterton said, the true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. That is what distinguishes us from them. We are motivated by life, liberty, truth, the pursuit of happiness, the preservation and advancement of human rights, and the desire to promote free and democratic societies. ISIS and their cousins are motivated by hate, by revenge, by malice, by intolerance, by all things black and blasphemous.

While I pray that even these terrorists find Jesus in their short time on earth, those that persist in this ideology must be eliminated to protect others. And what a sad state of affairs that is, because in all of eternity, they will never find a way out of that cage or that fire. If they choose an eternity apart from their Maker, what they have visited on others, like Lieutenant al-Kaseasbeh, will have no end.

And their screams will never stop.


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This video was mentioned in a Daughters of the American Revolution communication. The author noted that many Vietnam veterans have never been told thank you– by anyone.

If you see a veteran, take a few seconds to shake their hand or give them a hug and thank them for their service. These men and women have given up long years of their lives to serve others. Many have suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result. All have made sacrifices.

Think about it– we see them all the time. In the grocery store. At the gas station. In the workplace. At church. Many sit in retirement homes and medical facilities as well, and they could use some good cheer.

An American World War II veteran dies every three minutes. Only about a fifth of those who survived the war are still with us. Twenty-two American veterans a day commit suicide. Fifty thousand veterans are homeless. A quarter of a million veterans from recent conflicts suffer from PTSD.

They need your support. Will you say thank you when the moment presents itself?


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Earlier this week, one of my fellow writers on the Time’s Up crime victims advocacy blog, Anglican priest Charles Moncrief, posted a touching tribute to our veterans. While I read the article, I didn’t watch the video he posted along with it at the time.
http://timesupblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/honoring-veterans-based-on-john-13.html (more…)

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