So this is the reaction of the “West” to the rise of the Islamic State and the growing conflict in Syria and Iraq? Petty, revenge-driven acts of assassination, consuming god knows how many resources, human, technological and financial, and for what purpose? Will the alleged killing of the Islamic State fighter, “Jihadi John”, make a blind bit of difference to the course of the war, or of IS’ position in the Middle East? Does it have any strategic or tactical significance for the limited military campaign being waged by the United States and its handful of allies against the barbarous parastate established over the last two years by ISIS/ISIL?
From the Daily Beast:
“ISIS’s most famous executioner, Mohammed Emwazi—best known as “Jihadi John”—was targeted in a U.S. airstrike in Syria early Friday morning, according to a senior U.S. administration official.
Emwazi was suspected of carrying out dozens of executions for the so-called Islamic State, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley and other American hostages.
The results of the strike are still being assessed, so Emwazi’s death cannot yet be confirmed, the senior administration official told The Daily Beast.
“This isn’t about avenging deaths but removing a despicable individual who committed brutal murders under the false pretense of a bankrupt and hijacked ideology,” the official said.
A U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast that the U.S. military followed Emwazi for the better part of a day leading up to the strike, which happened as he left a building.”
One minor head of a ten-thousand-headed hydra has been removed, knowing that two more will grow in its place. Futility as statecraft.