I just read the news about an al-Qaeda Emir in a town called al-Dana in Syria pleading for the Islamic State (IS) to release its latest hostage to-be-beheaded Alan Henning. According to the emir, who according to my research is a commander of towns and strongholds held by the al-Qaeda, the man did no harm and had come from an Islamic charity helping out Muslims indiscriminately.
This opened my eyes to the fact that once you’re an IS, you must be a pretty big twit. The al-Qaeda, as far as we know, are the biggest names in terrorism because they took down the twin towers in the US with civilian aircraft – the most extreme terrorist act in the world. As they are synonymous with evil, now IS is taking the throne.
Truthfully, the al-Qaeda must have honour. According to my research, the al-Qaeda and the IS had a falling out because of their consistent disagreements. The al-Qaeda wanted to gain support. While they may agree with the beheadings, they will not do it out of spite to discourage their enemies, but sparingly and with guaranteed consequence.
It is true that when your enemy continuously chips off their aces, you become more furious but more anticipating of the growing chance you could outwit them. For the IS, it is only a matter of time before recruits become discouraged with their repulsive and barbaric activities, and they dry up from the inside.