The second episode of the VICE series on ISIS (now called the “Islamic State”) dealt with the brainwashing that terrorist group imposes on children under its control, a true form of child abuse. Now the CBC News has reported a particularly reprehensible episode. A jihadist from ISIS has tweeted a picture of his son holding up the severed head of a soldier—with the approving comment, “That’s my boy!” The kid was apparently raised in Australia and is now being turned into a young thug.
From the CBC report:
An Australian newspaper on Monday published a photograph of a child it said was the son of an Australian convicted terrorist holding aloft the severed head of a Syrian soldier.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that the photograph was further evidence of “just how barbaric” the Islamic State group is.
The Australian newspaper reported that the photograph of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf’s son, who was raised in Sydney, was posted on Twitter by his proud father.
“That’s my boy!” Sharrouf apparently posted beneath the image that was taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of what has been declared that an Islamic Caliphate by the Islamic State, the newspaper reported.
The child, who is not named, appears to be younger than 10 years old.
Sharrouf used his brother’s passport to leave Australia last year with his wife and three sons to fight in Syria and Iraq. The Australian government had banned him from leaving the country because of the terrorism threat he posed.
I won’t post the photo here, but the Sydney Morning Herald, in an article that gives more information, has a picture with the kid’s face and the severed head pixillated; if you want to see it, go to this link and look halfway down. The Herald notes this:
The photo shows a boy, wearing a cap, checked pants and a blue shirt, struggling with both arms to hold up the head of the slain soldier.
The caption reads: “That’s my boy!”
It is one of a several photos posted by Sharrouf, who security agencies believe travelled to Syria with his family.
Another photo shows Sharrouf also holding the decapitated head, while in another photograph, Sharrouf is dressed in camouflage fatigues and posing with his three young sons who are holding guns.
And that picture I can show (from the CBC):
Curiously, Catholic Online has a post with very graphic photos of ISIS militants posing with the severed heads of their captives. It’s gruesome, so don’t go there unless you can stand it. (The site is here.) I do look at these things, simply to inculcate myself with the true horror of what is going on. Hearing about it is one thing, seeing it another.
In yet more depressing news from the region, The Associated Press reported two days ago that two women accused of adultery were stoned to death by ISIS jihadis. This is undoubtedly part of the imposition of Sharia law that is the topic of the third VICE News documentary on The Islamic State. (I’ll put it up tomorrow.)
Am I wrong, or is the world going to hell right now?