April 26, 2016 | Drownings by ISIS

On this day in 2016, ISIS animals put seven men in a cage and lowered it into the water where they all died by drowning.

Terrorist groups seem to have no problem coming up with novel – and inhumane – ways to kill people.

MOSUL, IRAQ — When I was a young boy, sometime in the mid-1960s, I almost drowned. My family was vacationing in the state of Michigan somewhere – precisely where I have no idea – when I foolishly went into a lake and soon found myself out of my depth (literally!). I am told that my late older brother Bob launched himself underwater and somehow found me in the murky lake. I have him to thank for that (NB I have NO recollection of the incident).

Drowning has to be a particularly gruesome way to die. Oh, I am sure there are worse ways, but realising that you are seconds away from drawing your last breath, aching to suck oxygen into your screaming lungs and being unable to do so must be horrible.

I happen to think that drowning accidentally is bad enough: what about when someone drowns another person? Who has the immoral ability to hold another human being’s head below the surface of the water, fight off the thrashing and kicking as instincts to survive ramp up and kill that individual? How can anyone witness such an event and also be the cause of it?

Terrorists, that’s who.

I feature Islamic State (ISIS) a lot in my blogs and podcasts for a very simple reason. Not only are they a recent manifestation of Islamist terrorism but they seem to have a penchant for particularly inhuman and brutal ways of killing those it does not like – which is just about everyone who did not buy into its delusional theories.

Today is sadly no different.

On this day in 2016 ISIS animals put seven men in a cage and lowered it into the water where they all died by drowning. Their crime? Who knows? Does it matter? A ‘Sharia’ court had found them guilty of something or other.

This was not the only instance of ISIS’ use of a heinous form of capital punishment and some other equally barbaric events will undoubtedly feature in future terrorism blogs.

We must never forget about what ISIS did to innocent people when we consider what to do with terrorists who have decided to ‘recant’. Some crimes are simply unforgivable.

April 25, 2016 | Execution of Canadian hostage in Philippines

On April 25 2016, Abu Sayyaf terrorists beheaded one Canadian and another later from a group of hostages they had seized in the southern Philippines.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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