The images are barbaric, gruesome and haunting, but then that is the main purpose of being a terrorist: to shock you. The victims all tend to be British or American hostages paraded on your screen, moments before Jihadi John – a member of the Islamic State, beheads them. You hardly ever see German, Dutch, Italian or other European nationals. Do you ever wonder why?
Apparently, it is because Britain and America promote the strategy that they do not negotiate with terrorists. The other countries not only talk to these so-called terrorists, but they (or the family of the captured) will pay ransom money to secure the release of their nationals.
Britain and America say they do not but we have seen in recent months that America talked to the Taliban in Afghanistan to secure the release of American soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five high-ranking Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This clearly shows that America does negotiate with people they describe as terrorists. Therefore, the question is now ripe: should Britain and America abandon their pretence policy of not talking to terrorists to secure the release of ordinary people captured by bandits like ‘Jihadi John’ for political manoeuvring.
The family of the latest victim beheaded by Jihadi John thinks so. The family of British taxi driver Alan Henning, certainly think so. They are saying that he was “abandoned” by the British government who “sealed his fate” after he agreed to join US-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. Now with the beheadings becoming frequent with no sign of the Britain and America catching Jihadi John, despite issuing claims about knowing his identity, people are questioning the policy of not talking to people who are killing their family.
It is hard to ignore charges of ‘double standards’ when the lives of captured soldiers can be spared while the lives of captured aid and humanitarian workers are sacrificed in a policy that seem to favour government and/or political interest against the need of people who actually voted them into power.
“Jihadi John” is the nickname given to a member of the Islamic State. He has achieved infamy due to his role as the apparent executioner in several beheading incidents in 2014.