Jordan Had No Choice But to Execute Islamic Terrorist Prisoners

Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh captured and killed by ISIL.

Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh captured and killed by ISIL.

Ordinarily, I oppose the death penalty and I certainly oppose revenge killings, but ISIL left the Kingdom of Jordon no choice but to do exactly that.

Jordan was in negotiations with ISIL to exchange unsuccessful 2012 suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and two other terrorists for Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Jordan was willing to agree to free terrorists from death row, but required proof of that the captured coalition pilot was still alive. They demanded the proof because there had been unsubstantiated rumors that Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh had been burnt alive shortly after being captured on January 3.

In fact, ISIL had been negotiating in bad faith. These terrible rumors were confirmed yesterday as ISIL released an extremely disturbing video showing the Jordanian pilot slowly burning to death while in a cage.

Now, ISIL knows that Jordan is willing to negotiate with terrorists and that they will free killers in exchange for soldiers. Having made the mistake of negotiating with this group, the terrorists on death row in Jordanian prisons became an enormous liability for the kingdom. ISIL had a great incentive to take an additional prisoner and simply by refraining from killing him so quickly, they would expect to free their comrades from Jordanian prisons and secure a major coup for their efforts to create a new Islamic State.

The only path forward for Jordan now was to expedite the execution of these terrorists. Fox news reported that today, just after the morning prayers, “prisoners Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli were executed”:

Al-Rishawi has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel bombing in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005 that killed dozens…. Ziad Al-Karbuli was a former aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian Al Qaeda operative who was killed in 2006.