Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The war against terror and the stunningly different fates of two terrorists in Jordan

...What Jordan - a sovereign state at least half of whose population defines itself as Palestinian Arab, ruled by a dynastic family from Saudi Arabia - ought to do with its terrorists is not our concern. Jordan's laws purportedly outlawing terrorism don't get enough critical attention, and that's a much larger problem than we can address. But when one of that country's most celebrated institutions is found to be incubating lethal support for jihad, terror, hatred and all that goes along with that, and that institution is lavishly backed by governments, NGOs and corporations from outside the Arab world, that's a real problem.

Tamimi: Confessed to 15 acts of homicide, convicted, then freed,
a happy and 
proud celebrity murderer and terrorist
[Image Source: 
Screen shot from this MEMRI video]
Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
04 February '15..

In Jordan, the government this morning executed two "convicted jihadists". The motivation is explained by the Hashemite kingdom this way:

Jordan earlier vowed an "earth-shattering" response after IS posted a video online showing what militants say is the pilot standing in a cage engulfed in flames. Mamdouh al-Ameri, a spokesman for the Jordanian armed forces, said on Tuesday that Lt Kasasbeh had "fallen as a martyr". "His blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians." [BBC]

Giving expression to the "punishment and revenge", two imprisoned Iraqis - Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be female suicide bomber, and a male al-Qaeda terrorist convicted in 2008 for killing a Jordanian - were sent to the gallows at daybreak today [Aljazeera].

The female had been sentenced to death for her role in a high-profile 2005 suicide bomb attack at Amman's Radisson Hotel that killed 60 people, most of them guests at a wedding. She herself actually killed no one since her bundle of explosives failed. She confessed on Jordanian television but retracted it later. According to Wikipedia, she was

sentenced to death by hanging by a Jordanian military court on September 21, 2006. She appealed against this conviction but her appeal was dismissed in January 2007. At the time of her execution, she was still engaged in the process of appeal of her sentence.

Regular readers of this blog know about another Jordanian female, an ex-prisoner, also a terrorist, with a different fate: Ahlam al-Tamimi.

Unlike Mrs al-Rishawi who was hanged today, Mrs al-Tamimi is a Jordanian, born, bred, educated and (following an 11 year-period spent outside Jordan) now living with her husband/cousin, in Jordan.


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