April 26, 2016
The situation in the Philippines is proof that Islam is a corrosive and destructive force in any human system. Catholic Filipinos are happy, peaceful people, while the genetically identical Moslem Filipinos are running around chopping people’s heads off.
A severed head was left Monday on a street in the southern Philippines, authorities said, five hours after a ransom deadline set by Islamist militants holding Western hostages and others. Canada’s prime minister identified the victim as a 68-year-old Canadian.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said John Ridsdel of Calgary, Alberta, was killed in a “cold-blooded murder” by the militants. Trudeau said Canada would work with the Philippine government and international partners to bring those responsible to justice.
The beheading underscored fears of widening violence by Islamist guerrillas, known as the Abu Sayyaf group, as it forges possible allegiances with the Islamic State.
It also raised fears of other execution-style killings among those held. Abu Sayyaf has taken hostages for decades – and killed captives – as part of a rebellion it has claimed to be waging on behalf of the Muslim minority in Asia’s only predominantly Roman Catholic nation. The Philippine government has denounced the Abu Sayyaf group as a terrorist organization that also operates more like a criminal gang, engaging in kidnapping for ransom, extortion and drug trafficking, among other crimes.
The severed head – described by authorities as the remains of a Caucasian male – was found inside a plastic bag dropped along a street in Jolo, a provincial capital in the southern Philippines, said Jolo Police Chief Superintendent Junpikar Sitin.
The Abu Sayyaf group had set a deadline for payment of the equivalent of $6.5 million for each of its foreign hostages, including two Canadians and a Norwegian man seized along with a Filipino woman in September from a marina on Samal Island in the country’s south.
Officials in Philippines did not immediately identify the remains.
But the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported that the beheaded man was Ridsdel, a former chief operating officer of mining company TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of Canada’s TVI Pacific mining company.
Ridsdel had worked most recently as a consultant for the company, the CBC reported.
In various videos purported posted by Abu Sayyaf, Ridsdel, fellow Canadian Robert Hall and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad were shown appealing to the Philippine government to stop military operations against the militants. Police and military officials said in a statement that a military rescue operation was underway before Monday’s ransom deadline.
Abu Sayyaf is also believed to hold other foreigners, including a Dutch man, a Japanese and a group of Malaysian and Indonesian seamen.
Islam is a cancer. Granted, no part of the Philippines is particularly well-developed, but it is peaceful and relatively low-crime considering the degree of poverty.
Other South East Asian nations with a similar genetic make-up which are non-Moslem are similarly peaceful, from Buddhist Thailand to communist Vietnam.
Islam turns everything into a bloody nightmare.