John Kerry Horrified By Child Holding Severed Head: 'That Child Should Be In School'
Secretary of State John Kerry adamantly denounced a photo of a seven-year old Australian boy in the Middle East holding up a severed head for his terrorist father. The photo was published by Australian media.
Kerry called it “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.”
“That child should be in school. That child should be out learning about a future. That child should be playing with other kids, not holding a severed head and out in the field of combat,” Kerry added.
Kerry made his remarks during a press conference in Sydney, Australia with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston.
“We have evidence that there are a significant number of Australian citizens who are taking part in activities in Iraq and parts of Syria, extremist activities and terrorist activities,” Bishop explained. “Our fear is that they will return home to Australia as hardened, homegrown terrorists and seek to continue their work here in Australia.”
“This is utterly disgraceful,” Kerry added. “And it underscores the degree to which ISIL is, you know, so far beyond the pale with respect to any standard by which we judge even terrorist groups that Al Qaida shunted them aside.”
Kerry reminded the audience of the gravity of the situation, and the growing violence in Iraq.
“This is serious business. And we understand that. And I think the world is beginning to come to grips with the fact the degree to which this is unacceptable,” he said.