Is Jordan's retaliatory approach to ISIS the right one?
Some nations pay ransoms. Some nations refuse. Some nations drop bombs. But in Jordan, it’s an eye for an eye when it comes to ISIS. Executing two al Qaeda prisoners in almost immediate retaliation to the terrorist group’s burning a Jordanian pilot alive.
Some might call it justice. Some may call it revenge. The question is, will this kind of response act as a deterrence to ISIS? And even if it does, what’s the probability that other nations, like the United States, the UK and Japan, might follow the example?
Another question also comes to mind. If it doesn’t deter ISIS, what will be the organization’s next step?
We already know that the killing of the Jordanian pilot is having an effect on the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. Even before the release of the video showing the Jordanian pilot being burned alive, the United Arab Emirates suspended its bombing sorties against ISIS for fear that one of its pilots might be shot down, captured and killed.
Meanwhile, a top FBI official tells CNN there’s great concern that ISIS is actively recruiting American teenagers to its cause. He says it’s very difficult to track the movements of every young American traveling abroad. The typical route to ISIS is through Europe and into Turkey, then on to Syria and the battlefield, he says.
But there’s good news in the battle against ISIS recruitment coming from Canada. Where officials have reportedly broken up an ISIS recruiting network with the arrest of a 25-year-old man.