The Death of Jordanian First Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 3, 2015
Child in Jordan Holds a Sign Saying 'We Are All Moaz'

Today, we join the people of Jordan in grieving the loss of First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, cruelly and brutally killed by ISIL terrorists.  On behalf of the American people, President Barack Obama extended his condolences to First Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh's family and loved ones, to the men and women of the Jordan Armed Forces, and to King Abdullah II and the people of Jordan. President Obama said:

"Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh will forever personify the bravery of a true son of Jordan, one who honored his family and country by his seven years of military service.  Along with his compatriots and other Arab and international members of the coalition, Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh was in the vanguard of the effort to degrade and defeat the threat posed by ISIL. 

"Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh’s dedication, courage, and service to his country and family represent universal human values that stand in opposition to the cowardice and depravity of ISIL, which has been so broadly rejected around the globe."

Secretary of State John also offered condolences, saying, "Jordanian First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh represented everything that ISIL is not: he was brave, compassionate, and principled.  That a young patriot -- a devout Muslim, one of eight children, just months into married life, with the hopes of his own family in front of him -- would be ISIL’s latest victim reminds us all of the evil of this enemy."

Secretary Kerry continued, "...Jordanians have demonstrated extraordinary compassion by opening their borders to the flow of refugees precipitated by the violence in Syria and Iraq.  

"That he was murdered after his father’s plea for compassion reminds all the world that this foe has no agenda other than to kill and destroy, and places no value on life, including that of fellow Muslims.  The brave actions of Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh and other coalition pilots like him -- which have been eroding ISIL's control over territory, and halting its advance demonstrate yet again that ISIL's claims of invincibility are unfounded.

"From the first airstrikes through this very moment, Arab pilots have flown with courage and skill, along with their partners in a broad coalition. Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh believed in that mission, and his fight endures for all those who now fly in his name.
"We will never allow the scourge of ISIL to spread to other countries, or the death of Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh and thousands of innocent victims to be forgotten. Our support for the Arab coalition united against this terrorist organization will not rest until ISIL can no longer threaten the region and their lies and deceptions are clear to all. Today and hereafter, particularly in this hour of grief, our support for Jordan and the Jordanian people remains strong and steadfast."
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Donald C.
South Carolina, USA
February 3, 2015
Can the State Department facilitate sending condolences to the family of Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh. I was living in cave with respect to the news today and called my Father for his Birthday. I asked him how he was doing and he said he was really upset about the death of Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh. I think one reason may be is that his son, my brother, is also a F-16 pilot and on a couple occasions has traveled to Jordan to train with their F-16 pilots. I suggested that he channel some of that grief by sending his condolences and then we realized it may be difficult to do so. For that matter I would like to send my condolences to his siblings. Perhaps the State Dept could facilitate bulk mail or if such international addresses are publicly available then at least provide the legitimate address. Sincerely, Donald Crabtree
ernest a.
February 4, 2015
may his soul rest in perfect peace..surely light shall defeat darkness
ben d.
Oregon, USA
February 11, 2015
US Army Tattoos on the ISIS members??
Martin H.
California, USA
February 11, 2015
He is a martyr of Jordan. ISIL now out of their limits! this needs to be end here. Government should take serious action against these pathetic terrorists.
Erin O.
United States
February 4, 2015
Condolences are not appropriate. An apology would be appropriate - an apology for decades of meddling in nation after nation, for overthrowing secular regimes as in Iraq and Libya, for funding and arming Islamist radicals as in Syria (which is what made ISIL/ISIS/IS possible.) The hypocrisy of the "condolences" is underscored by the exodus of Obama administration officials to Riyadh in order to honor the deceased British puppet King Abdullah, who was responsible for funding the radicals, and whose regime has beheaded a lot more people than has ISIS.


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