The latest westerner to be beheaded by ISIS was a man named Peter Kassig who, after converting to Islam while in captivity, became Abdul-Rahman Kassig. In a statement, President Barack Obama kept up his ‘ISIL is not Islamic’ meme while insisting that Kassig’s murderers were not Islamic, despite the group’s leader having a PhD in Islamic Studies.
Obama’s statement said in part:
ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own. Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL.
As Shoebat.com reported after Kassig appeared at the end of the Alan Henning beheading video, though Kassig’s conversion should have stopped his beheading, the Sunni tactic of Muruna allows Muslims to kill Muslims if it serves a greater purpose.
Like the other beheading victims before him, Kassig seemed to sympathize with and assist Syria’s opposition:
Previous videos released by the Islamic State follow a grisly formula, with masked militants carrying out public beheadings of hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.
In the video released Sunday, a severed head believed to be Kassig’s is shown near the end of a 15-minute montage boasting of the group’s killings of Syrian soldiers. But Kassig’s body and videotaped killing are not. Also not shown are images of other hostages that the group typically sets up as its next victims.
“Peter, who fought against the Muslims in Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn’t have much to say,” the masked militant says in the video.
“Clearly something went wrong,” Mitchell Prothero, Iraq correspondent for McClatchy, who shared an apartment with Kassig in Beirut, told the news service. “My belief is that he knew it was up and did something to screw up their video.”
Kassig, an Indianapolis native, was kidnapped while delivering relief supplies to refugees in Syria in 2013.
Just to be clear, converting to Islam and supporting the opposition will not protect westerners from ISIS.
Here is a video that features Kassig’s parents and Syrians who talked about his misguided humanitarian views: