EDITORIAL: 'No-drama Obama' needs to recognize radical Islamist threat

As if to prove that there truly is no limit to their brutality, the terrorists of the Islamic State have reached a new low by burning alive the Jordanian pilot captured last December when his plane crashed over Syria.

The 20-minute video, which according to those with the stomach to view it, has the production values of a slick Hollywood short subject, shows 26-year-old Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh with his face clearly beaten and swollen, then in a cage, his orange jumpsuit doused with a liquid. Then there is slow-motion horror of the flame being lit, the sight and the sounds of death.

A spokesman for the Jordanian military confirmed the death and said, “While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians.”

We can only hope they mean it, because the effort by the Jordanian government to negotiate with the terrorists over the possible trade of an al-Qaida prisoner responsible for the deaths of 60 people for a 2005 bombing of a hotel didn’t work out so well.

Meanwhile, President Obama maintained his No-Drama Obama stance referring to ISIS as “this organization” as if it were the local Kiwanis club, adding, “Whatever ideology they are operating under is bankrupt.”

Whatever ideology? Really!

Gosh, wouldn’t want to accuse Islamist radicals of being Islamist radicals or anything.

What we do know is that more American citizens remain among their hostages and that “this organization” continues to spread its “bankrupt ideology” like the cancer that it is. Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues in its own policy-free zone of doing just enough to avoid international condemnation and too little to make an impact.

Updated: 
02/11/2015 - 2:00pm

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