ISIS has released a new video titled “The Raid of Zawba“. The video is a compilation of combat operations against Iraqi positions near Abu Ghraib.
ISIS killed several Iraqi soldiers in the raid, and captured two survivors. The two are beheaded at the end of the video, although the beheading is censored out. The video editors continue to use selective desaturation during the aftermath sequences.
I’ve tried to come up with an answer to the question – why soldiers surrender to ISIS, knowing full well they’re gonna get beheaded. It’s not an easy one, but I guess the powerfully human will to live prevails over rational thinking.
I imagine things like “maybe they will spare me” or “my comrades will show up and rescue me” must be running through their heads. Decisions one is forced to make in desperate life or death situations are difficult to comprehend by those who never found themselves in one like that.
We constantly see videos of soldiers – people used to real bullets swishing around their heads, and friends taking their last breaths in their arms – being led to the slaughter without the slightest attempt to fight back or escape. You would think that at the moment when all was lost, they would either use their last bullet to shoot themselves in the head, or charge the enemy with a live grenade, yet they don’t. If so many soldiers can’t pull it off, you can rest assured that it’s way easier said than done, and regardless of what you think, you probably wouldn’t pull it off either.