Khaled Asaad, Palmyra, Syria,
Khaled Asaad was very connected to his city, Palmyra, and to the antiquities.
And he was old. He had just turned 83. “Where would he want to go at that age? He said that whatever was going to happen to the people would happen to him.”
The public killing of Mr. Asaad highlighted the Islamic State’s brutality. After detaining him for weeks, the jihadists dragged him on Tuesday to a public square where a masked swordsman cut off his head in front of a crowd. His blood-soaked body was then suspended with red twine by its wrists from a traffic light, his head resting on the ground between his feet, his glasses still on, according to a photo distributed on social media by Islamic State supporters.
(See BEN HUBBARD, NYT, AUG. 19, 2015)
Jimmy Carter has just turned 90, meaning he got through the 80s just fine. But while it’s not the Jihadists, who beheaded and strung up Khaled Asaad for his evident idolatry, in Carter’s case it’s a very sneaky melanoma that has spread to his brain. And we hope in his case the intrusion, unlike that of the Jihadists, will be cut short in its destructive rampage.