The Islamic State (IS) released a video of beheading its British captive David Cawthorne Haines and threatening to execute another Briton, Alan Henning.
The 2 minute, 27 second video, entitled, “A Message to the Allies of America,” was produced by the IS’ al-Furqan Media Foundation, and was posted on Twitter on September 13, 2014. Similar to the previous videos of beheading American journalists James Wright Foley and Steven Joel Sotloff, the latest shows the victims decrying his government’s actions against the Islamic State and holding its leadership responsible for his death. Haines said to UK Prime Minister David Cameron: “You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst our British prime ministers who can't find the courage to say no to the Americans”.
The executioner, who sounds to be the same man who appeared in the videos with Foley and Sotloff, told Cameron and the British government that their alliance with the U.S. will only “accelerate your destruction” and will drag the British people into “another bloody and unwinnable war”.
An edited form of the video can be viewed here:
Following is a transcript of the video:
We have to stick to the very clear foreign policy and the very clear strategy we have, which is to work with the new Iraqi government to help make sure the Kurds get the arms they need to fight off these brutal, extremist militants, to work with our allies, and as I've said to use everything we have - our aid, our diplomacy, and our military prowess - to make sure that with our allies we do everything we can to put pressure on Islamic State, the supporting organization...
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
A Message to the Allies of America
My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution. You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst our British prime ministers who can't find the courage to say no to the Americans. Unfortunately, it is we the British public that in the end will pay for the price for our parliament's selfish decisions.
This British man has to pay the price for your promise to Cameron to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State. Ironically, he has spent a decade of his life serving under the brutal air force that is responsible for delivering those arms. Your evil alliance with America, which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha Dam, will only accelerate your destruction, and playing the role of the obedient lapdog, Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war.
[Executioner stands with another Briton, Alan Henning]
If you Cameron insist on fighting the Islamic State then you, like your master, Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.