A veteran member of SEAL Team Six says he has never, through all the years of conducting military black operations, seen anything like the murderous moral depravity displayed during an Islamic extremist group’s execution of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Muadh al-Kasasbeh, who was shown being burned alive on a video released to the web Tuesday.
“I’m actually talking to some other SEALS right now, and in the past 13 and a half years of combat, that’s one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen,” said Rob O’Neill, a former member of the Navy SEAL team responsible for the death of Osama Bin Laden.
“I can’t think about anything else right now,” O’Neill said.
A video emerged Tuesday showing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) hostage al-Kasasbeh, dressed in an orange jumpsuit that was dripping in a unknown substance — likely accelerant — being locked in cage and then burned alive. Later the militants ran over the cage with an industrial tractor, crushing Kasasbeh’s remains.
O’Neill told DCNF that even in training, SEALs get videos from instructors showing the brutality of extremists, and still he had never seen anything quite like it. His conclusion: The only way with these types of folks is to wipe them off the map, no negotiations.
“We spend a lot of time letting lawyers fight wars for us while they’re over there burning people alive,” he told TheDCNF. “We need to put people there and fight an actual war and not worry about rebuilding everything right away,” he said. “We could wipe them out in no time. We just have to have the will to do it.”
The brutal killing has drawn outrage across the globe. The graphic video appears to show the Jordanian hostage being set on fire and burning to death.
O’Neill adds that the video doesn’t bode well for the 26-year-old American aid worker who is currently an ISIS hostage. Since reports say that Kasasbeh had been killed weeks before the video release, it raises the question of if the aid worker is still alive.
“They will do anything they can, whether it is using their brutal tactics to recruit or just to scare the world,” O’Neill told TheDCNF.
O’Neill said burning the Jordanian will probably gird the resolve of other countries, particularly Jordan, to become more active in a coalition to fight ISIS.
Jordan has responded by promising an “earth-shaking” response, and expediting all executions of ISIS prisoners to as soon as Wednesday.
O’Neal said boots on the ground would allow the U.S. to gather intelligence that would be important in an effective rescue mission for the woman.
In response to the horrific burning, O’Neill took to Twitter Tuesday.
Burning someone alive is torture. They are at war with us. All of us. It’s time for a real coalition. — Robert O’Neill (@mchooyah) February 3, 2015
Kasabeh is the third high-profile hostage to die in last three weeks. ISIS has also boasted the deaths of two Japanese hostages, a move that has enraged Japan.
O’Neill said that educating the people in the region will be key to long-term peace.
“Maybe we can all disagree and not murder each other,” he told TheDCNF.Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com on Instagram.