If we did indeed take out JIhadi John it is of course good news. The problem is it means so little. In 1998 I was living in an apartment in Queens, NY and found myself in the midst of a serious roach problem. The bad thing about roach control is that when you kill one, you’ve really done nothing to eliminate the infestation. Imagine if I had celebrated killing the biggest roach I had yet encountered. My celebration would have been short-lived once I saw 3 more crawling around the kitchen and a couple in the bedroom. Roaches are quite disgusting creatures. It’s kind of a sick irony that God chose to make some of his most disgusting creations the hardest to eradicate. Nevertheless that is how it is when it comes to roaches, and to an even greater extent, ISIS.
Rest assured the roach problem was solved. I managed to get it somewhat under control on my own by cleaning everything over and over again and using every roach killer I could find. Even then the occasional roach would pop up, sometimes accompanied by a friend or 2. It wasn’t till the building identified the location from where the roaches originated and totally cleaned it out and got rid of everything in the vicinity that the roach problem was finally over.
Eliminating Jihadi John is like eliminating one of the biggest most disgusting roaches. The problem is there are still countless running around and as they do their numbers grow. It’s more of a victory than anything else, but to celebrate his death as though the problem has diminished significantly is a foolish mentality. Destruction of ISIS has got to be at the source and it has to be harsh and ugly. Anything else and the bad guys will keep popping up. Just like the roaches in my old apartment were only gone when the powers that be destroyed them completely and powerfully at the source.
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