The actions of ISIS cause confusion among those in America who believe that wars contain rules of behavior. ISIS insists that chopping off the heads of innocent people is a logical result of bombs falling on their warriors in the field of action. For an ISIS soldier, murdering the innocent is allowed by God who for some reason only prefers certain humans over other humans. We who inhabit civilized societies are horrified at such behavior. Unfortunately for those who will be brutally murdered, killing the innocent is simply how we humans have always behaved. It was just sixty years ago that the most educated and among the most “civilized” societies brutally gassed and murdered babies. Nazi Germany was a Christian nation. Of course, the Soviet Union, led by Joseph Stalin murdered an estimated twenty million. Then, of course, there was China, led by Mao tse-tung who allowed at least twenty million to starve to death.
I am not excusing the brutal behavior of ISIS. As they chop off heads, over in Saudi Arabia they not only chop off heads, but arms. We are all HUMANS. As Humans we simply can not halt murder and killing and always ensuring that the innocent die. Within a few days, Peter Kassig, who was trying to help people in Syria will be murdered. As long as we humans prefer death to life, the innocent always will die. Such is the human condition!