Op-Ed: Islamic State now operate 'courts' were citizens who break the rules are meted out swift and cruel punishment that is far from justice.
Last month a man accused of being 'gay' was thrown from a building but he did not die from the fall. A, enthusiastic crowd hurled rocks at his battered and injured body until he was dead.
This week another incident doing the rounds online involves a gay man, described by IS as a ‘child of Lot’; he was blindfolded and bound before being thrown from a building. Footage captures the horrific incident with the large crowd enthusiastically hurling rocks at his corpse.
The Mail Online reporting the latest of these killings says "Following a trial in an Islamic State court, the man was taken to the roof of the building and thrown to his death in front a large crowd below. The horrific act was carried out in Tel Abiad in the Islamic State capital of Raqqa in Syria."
A man used a megaphone to announce what would happen and a large crowd including children watched.
Images from the scene show some men in the crowd using IPhones and cell phones to film what happened and capture images.
The irony of the barbaric killing of a man for being 'gay' captured by modern technology is there for all to see.
The man is described as a ‘child of Lot’, referenced in the Bible and the Qur'an punished severely by God, and accused of committing acts of sodomy.
Was this latest murder then committed in God's name or by people acting as God?
When the west supported rebels wanting to oust President Bashir al Assad it played a dangerous game which spectacularly backfired initially on the people of the region but the IS threat has spread significantly.
This group of whatever now have power of sorts. They obviously have money too.
With splinter groups in Iraq, Syria and other countries perhaps under other names tacking this menace will not be easy.
Joining forces with Assad would have been a good option and could still be a way forward. But the west for whatever reason will not work with Assad. Opinion: While I despair of the situation it is worth remembering how low people can sink. Women during the French revolution sat knitting while the members of the aristocracy where executed by beheading right in front of them.
Gay laws in the west that were only reformed in recent times.
Hitler supporters are perhaps one of the best examples of how low and depraved people will become in order to support a force and protect their own necks.
Publishing IS footage and images and passing on these stories may be what these modern Nazis want but opting to not report what is happening is not an option.
We need to know and understand the threat in order to remove it.