Containing ISIS falls far short of ultimate goal

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations.

The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed in 2015. His specialty had been on-camera beheadings of helpless captives. Two others, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, have been captured. An Associated Press reporter interviewed them, asking many questions about torture and execution of people captured by ISIS.

American journalist James Foley should not have been beheaded, Kotey said. There would have been “more benefit in (captives like him) being political prisoners.”

Some ISIS death threats were regrettable because, once made, executions had to follow or “your credibility may go,” Elsheikh noted.

Several beheadings need not have occurred, the two agree. They blamed Western countries that refused to pay ransom.

Torturing prisoners was a violation of Islamic law, the two admitted. Asked whether they ever did that, Elsheikh’s response was, “You can’t prove anything.”

According to the AP account, the two men had a big concern about their activities in ISIS: It might make it difficult for them to receive fair trials. Perhaps so. Elsheikh made a name for himself by crucifying prisoners.

Notice anything? Indeed: a complete lack of remorse for torturing and killing innocent, often civilian, victims.

Any more questions about whether ISIS terrorists can be “rehabilitated?”

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