To the surprise, I hope, of no one, the Islamic State terrorists don’t only “execute” Western journalists and aid workers.
They have also murdered in public (after five days of torture) the Iraqi Muslim human rights lawyer Samira Saleh al-Nuaimi in Mosul.
Al-Nuaimi was kidnapped by Isis (also known as Islamic State) on 17 September after she allegedly criticised the militant group’s destruction of places of worship in Mosul, Iraq, since it had taken control of the city, in comments posted on Facebook.
She was then kidnapped from her home by a group of masked men and tried in a self-styled Sharia court for apostasy, which for the militants is considered to be an act of abandoning Islam by converting to another faith, or by committing actions that are against the Muslim faith.
Al-Nuaimi, who according to the Gulf Centre For Human Rights had worked on detainee rights and poverty, was then sentenced to “public execution” and killed on Monday.
Since occupying Mosul, IS has blown up both Christian and Muslim religious sites. Apparently anyone with the courage to oppose this destruction is deemed an apostate deserving of death.
In the UK, the usual suspects signed an urgent plea to do nothing. (I keep hoping Michael Rosen, who used to comment here and whom I rather like, will break from the pack some day.)
Of course anything we might do to try and stop these atrocities is far worse than the atrocities themselves. Just as the Yazidis who were rescued from Sinjar Mountain.