One of the reasons that ISIS is gaining recruits and followers is the optics of power and control. Their gruesome displays of brutality shock the observer and command fear and compliance. The disgusting exhibitions of beheadings, drownings in cages, and public torture are standard fare for the Islamic terrorists, and they are meant to prevent any and all push back from conquered peoples.
The idea of water boarding and making terrorists stay in chilled rooms or other previous Western techniques for interrogation seem quite tame compared to the barbarous activities of the jihadis, and perhaps what they need is a bit more of their own medicine. A sniper from the elite British Special Air Service (S.A.S.) unintentionally did just that to a terrorist commander who was training his charges in the fine Islamic art of beheading their victims. The video on page 2 shows how one bullet could actually decapitate a person.
Video Shows Science of How the Terrorist Died
An Islamic State leader was holding class, teaching about 20 recruits how to behead prisoners. What happened next was justice in the making.
The terrorist was probably not expecting to become his students’ example, but the sniper armed with a large-caliber rifle made him one after landing a head shot from over 3,000 feet away. The man was reportedly teaching 20 recruits when he quite literally lost his head.
“One minute he was standing there and the next his head had exploded. The commander remained standing upright for a couple of seconds before collapsing and that’s when panic set in. We later heard most of the recruits deserted. We got rid of 21 terrorists with one bullet,” said a military official who witnessed the event.
The sniper supposedly used an Israeli-made Dan .338 bolt-action rifle equipped with a noise suppressor during the operation. The Dan .338 bolt-action rifle features a .338 LAPUA Magnum bullet which tumbles end-over-end once it hits flesh, displacing the liquid within a body in a process called “hydrostatic shock.” Once the bullet hits a body it creates a large cavity within the target, leaving a massive wound as it exits. To see an example of how this process works, watch the video below.
In December, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testified before the House Armed Services Committee and announced that U.S. special operations forces would be engaging in unilateral operations against ISIS in Syria.
Whether the U.S. truly will launch special forces activities on the ground in Syria remains to be seen. However, the nature of barbaric ISIS activities may require a different style of warfare than we have practiced in the past, with unambiguous and overwhelming force that will ensure the enemy knows that our purpose is to win. We do not need more prisoners in Gitmo enjoying their Halal meals and exercise and recreation time. War is a dirty business and is designed to kill people and to break things. And especially with ISIS, the objective should be to completely break their will and destroy their ability to fight back. Perhaps weapons such as the Dan .338 will help to make that possible.