As you can’t possibly not know, tomorrow is the Super Bowl and we’ve certainly heard enough about “deflated balls.” So, I’m pleased to provide you a story about fully inflated balls — courtesy of the Kingdom of Jordan.
You all should know that a Jordanian pilot, whose fighter jet crashed in Syria, was taken captive by ISIS. And of course ISIS — who willingly kills anyone not subscribing to their pure militant Islamic visions – has threatened to behead the pilot. Of course, in return for his safety, ISIS has demanded Jordan release a vicious female suicide bomber responsible for the deaths of some 62 Jordanians.
However, the Jordanians have responded — as ESPN college football commentator Coach Lee Corso would say — “not so fast my friend” — demonstrating their possession of fully inflated balls.
As reported by the UK Daily Mail, “Jordan has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it was reported today.
The government has apparently warned that Sajida al-Rishawi and other jailed ISIS commanders would be ‘quickly judged and sentenced’ in revenge for Muath al-Kaseasbeh’s death. It comes after a deadline for a possible prisoner swap allegedly set by ISIS passed yesterday with no clue over the fate of al-Kaseasbeh or fellow Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.“Intelligence sources said ISIS’s refusal to prove that al-Kaseasbeh was alive meant any deal with the militants was doomed. Now Jordan has reportedly stepped up its rhetoric by warning of its intent to retaliate if the negotiations end in bloodshed. Elijah Magnier, chief international correspondent for Kuwait’s Al Rai newspaper, told MailOnline: ‘I have reliable contact in the Jordanian government who says a message has been passed to ISIS. ‘It warns that if they kill the pilot they will implement the death sentences for Sajida and other ISIS prisoners as soon as possible.” Doggone, finally, a country — and a Muslim country especially — that gets it. You don’t negotiate with terrorists. As a matter of fact, just as Sean Connery’s character said in the movie, The Untouchables, “if they send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue — that’s the Chicago way” (and it is certainly the Obama way when it comes to political opposition, but not against the true enemy).
Here in America, where our administration uses deflated balls to play the game against Islamic terrorists, we are losing because, like the song by War, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” – we release more Islamic terrorists from GITMO. Something tells me Jordan doesn’t sing that song.
“Jordan had agreed to an ISIS demand to free al-Rishawi who failed to fulfil her Al Qaeda mission as a suicide bomber. In return, ISIS said it would not execute the 26-year-old pilot, who was seized in December after crashing near its HQ in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said every effort was being made to secure the release of journalist Kenji Goto.”
‘We are gathering and analyzing information while asking for cooperation from Jordan and other countries, making every effort to free Kenji Goto,’ he told a parliamentary panel. Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga speaking to reporters repeated Japan’s ‘strong trust’ in Jordan to help save the freelance journalist.”
Hmm, I just have to ask, remember the movie “The Last Samurai?” What has happened to the Japanese warrior spirit, the code of Bushido? Where are the 47 Ronin who would not lie down but avenged their master’s disgrace and died an honorable death? Are the Japanese now playing the game against Islamic terrorists with deflated balls as well? Look, I’m not trying to be overly dramatic but I tend to believe that some ninja warriors could put the ultimate fear into the hearts of ISIS.
Well, there’s one thing for certain, the deadline has passed and the Jordanians did not blink. They demanded proof that their pilot was still alive and it seems they haven’t received it. Therefore they sent a clear message to ISIS, “we will kill Sajida and all of your compatriots” — and that ladies and gents is how you play the game against Islamic terrorists.
Of course, you first have to have the capacity and courage to call them what they are.