Metro- A teenage boy has been beheaded by ISIS after he was caught listening to pop music on a portable CD player.
Ayham Hussein, 15, was arrested by militants after they allegedly spotted him enjoying the music in the stronghold Mosul, Iraq.
He was forced to face an Islamist ‘court’ and was then sentenced to death by public execution.
Hussein’s body was reportedly handed over to his family on Tuesday.
A Nineveh media centre spokesperson told ARA News that Hussein was captured by the jihadis ‘while listening to pop music at the grocery store of his father in the Nabi Younis marketplace in western Mosul.’
I'm not all that big on guidelines, but one strict rule that I follow is to never piss off a guy with a sword. Well, nothing is sure to piss a person off quicker than enjoying a punishment. Remember when you got detention in grade school? What was the quickest way to get a second detention? That's right, to look like you were having fun in the first one. So while I don't support ISIS' decision to kill a teenager for dancing along to the new Bieber (or the "new" NSYNC, might be a little behind the times if he's listening on a 'Walkman'), I certainly understand it. When you live in a radical Islamic state life is a punishment, and enjoying life is a crime fit for public execution. I don't want to victim blame here, but I am going to do it anyway. I was always under the assumption that the guys who walk around with their faces covered and have a proclivity for detaching heads from bodies weren't exactly big fans of public displays of happiness. I have never been to Iraq, and even I knew that you're not supposed to smile when you're there. That didn't leave 15 year old Ayhem Hussein too many excuses. Music is supposed to fit your mood and there isn't a single pop song that is somber enough for the Middle East. This kid should have just had "Mad World" on repeat until the end of eternity. I find it kind of funny, and I find it kind of sad, but the dreams in which this kid was dying were the best he's ever had. It's probably a good thing that he now gets to find eternal peace on that dance floor in the sky.
Few more points...
- ISIS may have saved this kid from himself, because if he found out that people in America were listening to music on their phones without it skipping then he likely would have killed himself anyway.
- Super weird move to return a person's body to their family in two pieces. Maybe slap some duct tape on there and make that exchange a little less disrespectful. Just something to think about ISIS.
- I know like 50% of the country goes by Hussein, but having the same last name of one of the most reprehensible terrorists of all time made it exponentially easier to blame him for his own death.