As if dealing with a terror state that wants to turn the northern half of their country into Lower Jihadistan isn’t bad enough, Iraqi officials find themselves staring at a mountain of terrorist corpses they cannot get rid of, because the home countries of ISIS fighters don’t want their dead expatriates back.
Fox News reports on the gruesome logjam:
Arabic-language newspaper Akhbar Al Iraq cited an unnamed, high-ranking ministry official who said more than 100 bodies of jihadists from 13 different nations are scattered around in various hospitals in Iraq while the government tries to figure out where and how they will be disposed of. Nations refusing to take back dead fighters’ bodies were not named, but said to include Arab, European and Asian countries.
“Burn them or drown them, we don’t want them,” the official quoted the countries as telling Iraq. “We took away their citizenship.”
Most of the fallen fighters were killed in combat with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces or by coalition air strikes. Some are jihadists who were executed for committing acts of terrorism. Several nations have moved to revoke citizenship of residents known to have left to join Islamic State.
“These nations wanted to send a message first to Iraq; a message of support against terrorism and radicalism, and second to tell the people who want to fight with ISIS that they mean nothing to their countries and people,” the Interior Ministry official said.
The American government is not among those who send that message by refusing to reclaim the bodies of traitors who fight for ISIS. In fact, we’re still in the midst of a political battle over whether live ISIS fighters get to come home with their citizenship intact, once they feel the jihad in Syria and Iraq no longer has anything to offer them.
A U.S. State Department official told FoxNews.com that, for American citizens who are killed fighting abroad, it is up to his or her family to decide whether to bring their remains home.
“When a U.S. citizen dies abroad, the Bureau of Consular Affairs assists the family and friends during this difficult time,” the official said. “The Bureau of Consular Affairs will locate and inform the next-of-kin of the U.S. citizen’s death and provides information on how to make arrangements for local burial or return of the remains to the United States.”
The disposal of unclaimed foreign remains is causing problems for the Iraqis because “locally, Iraqi civilians and politicians are refusing to allow the foreign terrorists’ bodies to be buried in cemeteries, according to the London-based Arabic newspaper Al Quds Alarabi.” A plan to bury them in the western Iraqi desert is under discussion.
Why not just pile them up and burn the remains? That’s forbidden under Islamic law. Which should not be a problem, because we have been loudly and repeatedly instructed by Western political elites that ISIS fighters are not true Muslims, and the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. And yet, everyone seems determined to give them respectful Islamic funerals. It is enough to make you wonder if our political leaders actually believe the things they say about our terrorist enemies.