British aid worker David Haines, 44, was kidnapped and eventually murdered by ISIS, and on September 13, the terrorist group released a video of his beheading. Now, both his widow and his daughter are speaking out, voicing their support for airstrikes and calling for the takedown of those responsible.
In an interview with Sky News, Haines’ widow Dragana said she fully supports airstrikes against ISIS following her husband’s brutal murder.
“The recent tragic event has changed my life as well as the lives and perception of most free thinking people around the world,” said Dragana Haines. “I do support British military air strikes but limited to distinctive targets. No changes in such societies can be enforced, they have to come from within.”
Dragana Haines isn’t alone in her views; daughter Bethany Haines is also speaking out, and in an interview with ITV News, she called for the extermination of those responsible.
“IS need to be eradicated. They can't continue this way. They can't be doing this to people and get away with it,” said the teen. “No matter what nationality, if they're western or not. Hundreds of Syrians have been killed by them and they need to be stopped. They need to be stopped. If airstrikes and ground force is what it takes, that's what it takes.”
Bethany spoke highly of her father and said that she believes he won’t be remembered for what he was forced to say in his beheading video released by ISIS.
“He was a brilliant man. And he will remembered like that by everyone who knew him and probably by people who didn't know him,” said Bethany. “He will be remembered and not for the way he was shown in that video, but for the truly amazing work he did and the bright character he was. I'm hoping to do some aid work after next year and do a bit of work with a charity. Hopefully it will spark a career doing that. He'd tell me of all the people he'd helped and I want to do that too.”