The Middle East will never be at peace until revenge and eye-for-eye thinking cease. Excerpts from an AP news story:
Anger, grief in Mideast at IS killing of Jordanian pilot
February 04, 2015 4:49 PM EST
CAIRO (AP) — The horrific fate of a captured Jordanian pilot, burned to death by the Islamic State group, unleashed a wave of grief and rage on Wednesday across the Middle East, a region long riven by upheavals and violence. Political and religious leaders united in outrage and condemnation, saying the slaying of the airman goes against Islam’s teachings.
From the world’s most prestigious seat of Sunni Islam learning, Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb said the IS militants deserve the Quranic punishment of death, crucifixion or the chopping off of their arms for being enemies of God and the Prophet Muhammad.
In Saudi Arabia, prominent cleric Sheik Salman al-Oudah cited on Wednesday a saying attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, which reserves for God alone the right to punish by fire.
In Qatar, cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi — respected by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists — issued a five-page statement listing Quranic verses and sayings, also attributed to the prophet and telling Muslims to not mistreat prisoners of war.
Bahrain, a Gulf state that is home to the U.S. 5th Fleet, denounced the killing as “despicable,” and Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, blasted the killing as “criminal” and “vicious.”
In predominantly Muslim Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the killing an act of “savagery,” adding that “there is no such thing in our religion.”
Iran, which has aided both Iraq and Syria against the IS, said the killing of the pilot was an “inhuman” act that violated the codes of Islam, according to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham.
Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry decried the “cowardly” and “savage” act. The newly elected President Beji Caid Essebsi said the pilot’s slaying was an “odious crime” incompatible with the principles of Islam and all other divine laws.
In his native Jordan, the killing of al-Kaseasbeh — who had been the subject of intense negotiations over a possible swap with an al-Qaida prisoner on death row — drew swift retribution.
The prisoner, an Iraqi woman convicted of involvement in a triple hotel bombing in Amman in 2005, was executed along with another al-Qaida prisoner at dawn on Wednesday.
The pan-Arab al-Hayat newspaper denounced the pilot’s killing with a one-word headline on the front page: “Barbarity.”
Jordanian politician Mohammed al-Rousan wept openly on national television as he described watching al-Kaseasbeh’s death, saying even people accustomed to violence could not bear to see a man burned alive.
Then, his tears turned to rage.
“Let’s use the same methods as them!” he shouted during the interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV. “Let’s kill their children! Let’s kill their women!”