ISIS continues its war on civilization by burning:
Thousands of ancient and irreplaceable manuscripts [from] the Mosul library in Iraq. One Mosul library official believes that up to 112,000 books were destroyed – spanning centuries of learning, and including books registered on a UNESCO rarities list.
Meanwhile, we learn the identity of the man – known colloquially as "Jihad John” – who beheads the helpless captives of ISIS. He is reportedly:
… Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize.
Rich and well-educated, Emwazi certainly should have been able to find a job and a life. But he took another path and one awaits Marie Harf’s explanation for why. One also wonders just what the Brits will do with him, should they take him alive. Lord Haw-Haw was hanged and he merely made propaganda broadcasts for the Nazis. But the Brits don’t do that any longer. And, anyway ... hanging would be too good for Emwazi.