ISIS Doesn’t ‘Get’ Martyrdom

February 8, 2015 7:03 PM

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This week Jordanian pilot Muadh al Kasasbeh was brutally executed by ISIS. A highly produced video released by the group on Tuesday showed al Kasasbeh dressed in orange and held in a cage. His clothes appeared to be doused in accelerant. A man is shown setting a stream of liquid alight and the fire travels to the cage.

The response to this act of pure barbarism was immediate. Jordan immediately announced that there would be a “strong, earth-shaking, and decisive response” to the act. The King of Jordan has called al Kasasbeh a martyr—a particularly strong statement coming from a man believed to be a direct descend...

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