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Washington Post’s Ridiculous Obituary for ISIS Leader

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Washington Post’s Ridiculous Obituary for ISIS Leader

Washington Post’s Ridiculous Obituary for ISIS Leader
October 29
16:59 2019

When is a ruthless terrorist leader considered to be an object of admiration and sympathy?

When he’s the subject of a Washington Post obituary.

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US Navy SEALs tracked down ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in his hideout last weekend and rather than get captured, the 48-year old mass murderer blew himself up with a bomb

Most of the world expressed nothing short of joyous relief.   The New York Post headlined its obituary ROT IN HELL.

But not the Post.   The paper headlined its obituary:  “Austere religious leader at the helm of Islamic State dies at 48.”

It was as if the Pope had just died peacefully in his sleep.

Post insiders report there was a near-rebellion among the paper’s editorial staff which demanded that the paper adjust its title to reflect the true nature of the ISIS leader.

Within hours, the headline was changed – but the damage was done.

Several other news magazines assailed the Post for soft-pedaling the death of one of the world’s most notorious killers.

The new headline wasn’t much better.  It read:  “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

The brutality of al-Baghdadi’s leadership is a matter of public record.  Under his dictatorial reign, ISIS carried out a slew of barbaric atrocities, including the enslavement and rape of thousands of women from Iraq’s Yazidi minority.

Journalists and aid workers were beheaded, including Americans, in videos and photos the terror group broadcast with delight.  ISIS also massacred captives and threw individuals believed to be gay from the rooftops of buildings.

The Post took until paragraph 40 to mention that Al-Baghdadi himself had kept a harem of personal sex slaves that included American humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller.

American intelligence officials say that Al-Baghdadi repeatedly raped and tortured Mueller and eventually had her executed.

The US Navy SEAL operation was named in her honor.

Was Al-Baghdadi ever really a “religious scholar”?  Perhaps he was – a long time ago.  So what?

Adolf Hitler started life as an avid painter.  Genghis Khan was an accomplished horseman.  Would these vocations be mentioned in the headline of any credible obituary of either man?

In a subtle way, the Post is betraying a bias that so often creeps into liberal perspectives on Islam and everything that claims to be Islam.

By playing up a terrorist leader’s roots as a religious intellectual of sorts – and we don’t really know what that amounted to, in fact – the paper is implying that his leadership is somehow authoritative, even “credible.”

This is moral and cultural relativism at its worst.  It’s the kind of respect that liberal intellectuals extend to other intellectuals as if having the capacity for scholarship speaks to an enlightened character, and thereby insulates you from the full moral weight of your crimes.

Isn’t the opposite, in fact, true?   Shouldn’t those with the capacity for reason and discernment be able to refrain from acts of utter brutality?

In the end, Al-Baghdadi showed the true limits of his compassion and his humanity.  Running down a dark tunnel, afraid for his life, he took his three young children with him and callously destroyed their lives, too.

Al-Baghdadi was the enemy of innocents.  He was anathema to civilized society.  We need not honor his death.  We should only celebrate it.

The Post’s highly offensive and inappropriate obituary headline suggests a mournfulness that is cruelly misplaced


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Stewart L

Stewart L

Stewart Lawrence is a trained sociologist and political scientist and a regular columnist for the Washington Times and the Federalist. He is also a former feature contributor to Inside Philanthropy, Counterpunch and the Huffington Post. In 2012 and 2016, he covered the US presidential election campaign for the conservative news magazine Daily Caller. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and Washington Post. He is currently working on a book about the politics of US immigration policy.

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  1. John Abbott
    John Abbott October 30, 21:35

    I have no doubt that God has his measure and may remind this creep that”thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy God in vain”. He did take the name of the Lord God in vain and even used it to satisfy his lust for death and destruction. In this, he will relive it those atrocities over and over in eternity just as the Hebrew were made to walk the wilderness for over 40 years for their inequities.

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