Although in general I try to ascribe to John Donne’s sentiments that ‘Any man’s death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind’,* and because of that I try not crow over the deaths of those I dislike. However, when it comes to the deaths of jihadis I do make an exception.
The cesspit that is Somalia is the setting for this tale. Two Muslims, one with a British passport and one with an American passport went off to join the jihad fighters in Somalia. These men could have gone to that benighted land to do something positive such as helping dig wells or teach, or similar, however being Islamic head-cases, their motivation for going to Somalia was to fight jihad and kill for Allah.
During their time in Somalia they fell out with the Al-shabab jihadis and ended up fleeing from them. Eventually al-shabab fighters caught up with them and they were ambushed and killed.
Sky News said:
“Two Islamist militants – a Briton and a notorious American rapper – have been killed after falling out with their al Qaeda leaders in Somalia, say reports.
Osama al Britani, a British citizen of Pakistani origin and Omar Hammami, known as al Amriki, are said to have died in an early-morning attack near Mogadishu.
The pair were gunned down during an ambush after being on the run from the leaders of Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabab organisation, for several months.
Al Amriki, originally from Alabama, was famed for posting rapping songs on YouTube – hoping to recruit young Islamist radicals.
He moved from the US to Somalia in 2006, ascending up the ranks of al Shabab.
He was eventually placed on America’s Most Wanted terrorist list in March with a $5m (£3.16m) reward for information leading to his capture.
Little is known about Osama al Britani, though the Foreign Office said they were “aware of reports of the death of a British national in Somalia”. “
As usual the FCO has a funny definition of ‘British’ bearing in mind that Osama al Britani chose to fight with jihadis who are an enemy of this and other democratic nations. The only thing British about Osama al Britani is his possession of a British passport. Nothing else about him seems to be British. I’d prefer the FCO to tell the truth and describe Al Britani as a savage who unfortunately and regrettably had a British passport
It also seems that al-shabab have saved the Americans the job of finding him, trying him and sentencing him.
All in all this is truly a case of good riddance to bad rubbish. Humanity will not miss this pair. Two less jihadis in the world is good news.
Original story from Sky News
Same story as covered by The Somaliland Sun
Poem by John Donne ‘No man is an island’
No Man Is An Island
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.