Article published in The Mirror, 5 February 2015. © Richard Kemp
The execution of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh is deeply shocking but not surprising says Colonel Richard Kemp
The latest act of barbarity by the Islamic State is deeply shocking but not at all surprising.
Those who thought they might release the Jordanian pilot have not grasped the nature of the Islamic State.
They want to provoke Jordan, as the Hashemite Kingdom and neighbouring Lebanon are next on the target list.
Fortunately Israel, with her powerful defence forces, will step in to defend Jordan against attack.
But Jordan is one of our closest allies and we must also be prepared to come to their aid.
The burning to death of the brave Jordanian pilot, downed in the fight against the Islamic State, will only boost support for them, especially in Europe.
We will see increasing numbers of young Muslims travelling from London, Paris and Berlin to join in the orgy of torture, death and destruction.
Even worse we will see many of them coming home, blooded, battle-hardened and under orders to inflict the kind of violence we have seen recently in Paris, Sydney, Ottawa and on the streets of London when Drummer Lee Rigby was butchered.
Violence and victory are vital to the Islamic State’s strategy of expansion around the globe – not just in the Middle East but in North Africa, in Pakistan and in Afghanistan.
The only way to undermine their growing support is to inflict repeated crushing and humiliating defeats on them – and to be seen to do so.
That cannot be done by politicians’ hand-wringing and fine words.
It can only be done by tough military action.
Britain is punching well below her weight in the war against the Islamic State and must send more forces, both in the air and on the ground – now.
To wait until the summer, when the election is over, may seem attractive to vacillating politicians worried about their votes.
But it puts the security of our country, our people and our allies at much greater risk.