American war vet-turned-aid-worker Peter Kassig talked about his hopes and dreams, and what motivated him to return to the Middle East as a medical worker, in an inspiring 2012 profile.
Sitting down with CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon, the Indianapolis, Indiana, native referred to himself as a ‘hopeless romantic’ and ‘idealist,’ eager to do as much as he could with his life.
The 26-year-old has been held captive by ISIS for the past year, and the terrorist organization is now threatening to kill him in response to increased attacks on the group by the United States.
‘The way I saw it, I didn’t have a choice. This is what I was put here to do,’ the young man told CNN of his decision to travel to Beirut and help Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon.
He then added, ‘I guess I am just a hopeless romantic, and I am an idealist, and I believe in hopeless causes.’
A member of the U.S. Army Rangers, he was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and honorably discharged for medical reasons after a brief tour…
See also coverage at The Telegraph: Peter Kassig: Idealistic aid worker who converted to Islam in captivity
It is hard to feel sympathy for stupid reverts. Am I too harsh? Why are they killing a Muslim anyway? Have they run out of others?