Three people were murdered in the Middle East yesterday. Actually, only three deaths is not a big deal in a region in which hundreds can die at the hands of suicide bombers or boots on the ground or air strikes or from drone attacks. Just three people are now dead. A Jordanian pilot was shot down and yesterday ISIS decided to demonstrate its power by burning the man to death. In retaliation, the government of Jordan hung a female suicide bomber who was captured before blowing herself up and then killed a jailed terrorist in order to make certain that ISIS gets the message – for each of our people, two of yours will die. There are moments when one has to wonder at the intelligence of ISIS leaders. They are trapped in a cycle of unending murders of the innocent. Obviously, this is to demonstrate their power. But, of course, kill my family and I will devote my life to killing you is a normal response. The government and people of Jordan are now out for blood. If they capture a member of ISIS, that person will be killed.
I also suspect that among ordinary Jordanians the fight against ISIS was of scant interest. Now, ISIS has transformed a ho hum attitude into one that seeks bloody revenge. I wonder how ISIS leaders make their decisions on death?