Oops, Wrong Head: Islamist Fundies in Syria Know Allah Will Forgive Them For Decapitating One of Their Own

It would be unseemly to laugh, wouldn’t it? From the Telegraph:

Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head.

In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham [ISIS], one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo. They triumphantly described the execution of what they said was a member of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.

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It wasn’t, the beheaders soon discovered to their not inconsiderable chagrin.

An ISIS spokesman admitted he was Mohammed Fares, an Ahrar commander reported missing some days ago.

Ahrar refers to Ahrar al-Sham, a violent Sunni Islamist band of rebels aligned with ISIS.

The men responsible for the misdirected noggin-chopping will not have to fear for their souls:

[ISIS spokesman Omar] al-Qahtani made reference to a story in which Mohammed said Allah would forgive a man who killed a believer in error.

Indiscriminate cruelty and slaughter has long been a way of life for these types. I guess I’m supposed to be sad when it becomes a way of death for them too, but for once I’ll nod along in agreement with Jesus, who is said to have stated the inevitability of violence begetting violence pretty succinctly: “He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.”

Mohammed Fares was another Islamist boil on the ass of humanity. It’s an unpleasant procedure, but boils need to be lanced. Or beheaded — same thing.

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.