I have just turned on the news and heard that the Frenchman Hervé Gourdel, kidnapped 2 days ago in Algerie by the Islamic State organisation was executed by decapitation yesterday afternoon.
My heart goes out to his family and friends.
I've had a niggling feeling for a while that things were going from bad to worse in the world. Putin's antics have had me very much on edge. In the year of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, I have been wondering what it was like at the beginning of the two world wars. A lot of people said that they were sure it wouldn't happen and even when war was declared it would be over in a matter of days. I can't help but have a feeling of déjà vu.
I am, however, very happy that the muslims in the west are speaking out loud and clearly against this organisation. An Imam has just been interviewed condamning the Islamic State stating "They are not muslims, they do not in any way represent the Islamic faith, I can only describe them as devils". Hopefully this time round the muslims living normally and who feel no affliation with the fundamentalists won't be subjected to the same bigotry and persecution as the Blair/Bush Reign of Terror inflicted on them.
Keep open minds people, just because your next door neighbour is called Mohammed does not mean he wants to blow up the local hospital! The Islamic State is run by powerfully rich men who pray on the vulnerable to brain wash them into really believing thay are doing Allah's calling in order to take over the world.
Stay safe everyone.