It’s not every day that one celebrates the death of another human being, well, not in the UK anyway. However, news from the US was released this week confirming the death of the notorious ‘desert lion’ Abu Wahib. He was a senior ISIL leader known for his brutality who had stood out in a land where brutality and acts of evil are commonplace.
Abu Wahib, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s military emir for Iraq’s Anbar province, was targeted by a US led coalition Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Monday.
The spokesman said Wahib is a former member of al-Qaida in Iraq and has been seen in ISIL execution videos.
That strike also killed three other ISIL jihadists, Cook said.
“Abu Wahib’s death is another blow to ISIL’s leadership that will further degrade its ability to operate, especially in Anbar province,” he said.
I find it striking that in certain parts of the world where people seem at their most ‘godly’ – the acts that they do to each other – the slaughter, maiming, beheading and torture…all appear utter godless. If that is what God truly wants – they can keep their belief and their god to themselves.
Leadership ‘Hit Hard’
ISIL leadership has been hit hard by coalition efforts, Cook said. “This is another example of that,” he added. “It is dangerous to be an ISIL leader in Iraq and Syria these days, and for good reason we want to apply pressure [on] ISIL on as many fronts as possible. Taking out leadership targets is one way to do that.”
Cook noted Anbar province is a critically important area in the fight against ISIL, and the death of Wahib will harm ISIL’s ability to conduct operations in the region.
The spokesman noted that taking out leadership is part of what he called “a multipronged effort” to apply pressure on as many fronts to ISIL as possible, “and for ISIL leaders to be very worried about their next step.”
I started this story saying how we don’t celebrate death here, and it’s true. Yet, watching some of the videos of men standing beside other men who are either dead or about to be killed (by them) I just can’t imagine the hatred and anger which drives this desire to glorify and celebrate the killing or death of another human.