It’s a trite truism and sometimes the situation begs us to repeat it.
A British family of 12 who made headlines around the world when they fled to Syria to fight for ISIS have all died, MailOnline can reveal.
Three of the grown-up sons from the Mannan family were killed fighting for Islamic State, while seven more relatives, including three children between the ages of one and 11, were all wiped out in an airstrike.
The elderly parents, Muhammed Mannan and his wife Minera, both died in the terror group’s former capital from natural causes.
Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25 and 19-year-old Mohammed Toufique Hussain both died in the battle for Raqqa against American-backed forces, who seized the city in October 2017.
The rest of the family then escaped with other jihadists across Syria and ended up around Baghouz last year.
During fighting for control of Islamic State’s final piece of territory, another son, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, was shot and killed. The area fell earlier this year following a brutal battle, signalling defeat for the militant group.
The remaining members of the Mannan family perished in an airstrike while trying to flee Baghouz were their daughter, Rajia Khanom, 21, son Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, their three children and another daughter-in-law, Sheida Khanam, aged 27.
Mr Mannan’s cousin Abdul Khalid told MailOnline: ‘From what we’ve been told they were trying to get away from Baghouz and make their way to a camp, like so many other people were trying to do at the time but there was a lot of bombing going on and they got caught up in this.
‘They were all together, that’s all we know. We are not sure if they were in a house or out in the open but the fact is that they are all dead. The details of how they actually died don’t really matter to me.’
And I’ll add, everything was gained.
Islamic fighters who were born and raised in other countries cannot be faulted for fighting in defense of their dogmatic antagonism to the West; it’s how they were raised and it’s all they know. They are fighting for what they believe is right.
But those who betray the West, who turn their backs and fight against that which afforded them a glimpse of civilized freedom are the worst, and wide scale annihilation is fitting.