Al-Qaeda publicly beheading prisoners and posting videos on YouTube is gruesome and barbaric. Al-Qaeda mistakenly beheading and publicly displaying on video one of its own commander’s heads is like something from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Judean Peoples’ Front Suicide Squad from The Life Of Brian:
Islamist rebels in Syria have done just that however (and yes, these are the people Obama and Cameron wanted to hand that nation to.
A public execution that was filmed and then posted online in a video brought to light the error. Members of other Al Qaeda affiliated Islamist groups recognized the bearded head to be that of one of their commanders. A BBC reporter in Syria said:
“In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham group, one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo. They described the executed man as being a member of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.”
Unfortunately the mistakenly beheaded bearded man was not an Iraqi volunteer for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad’s forces but in fact a member of the Sunni Muslim extremist Islamist group, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham. After seeing the public video of the bearded beheaded man, the hardline Islamist group announced that he was not a government fighter but a rebel commander called Mohammed Fares Maroush.
Trouble is when you have chopped somebody’s head off, “oops, sorry” seems a bit inadequate.