We’ve all become somewhat inured to the horrific violence committed by the militant Islamic extremists of ISIS. Rapes, beheadings, mass executions, burning alive, more rapes, dismemberment….after awhile you wonder how much more despicable can it get?
And how can anyone carry out such horrific acts? Is there an entire generation of peaceful followers of Islam who suddenly became monsters? What turns a human being into a mass murderer?
You will not believe the rationale one captured ISIS terrorist gave.
Kurdish intelligence authorities granted Reuters a rare interview with a 21-year-old ISIS fighter named Hussein who said he raped more than 200 women and killed more than 500 people since he joined ISIS in 2013.
Hussein said his emirs, or local Islamic State commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.
“Young men need this,” Hussein told Reuters in an interview after a Kurdish counterterrorism agent removed a black hood from his head. “This is normal.”
He recalled how emirs trained him to kill, which was difficult at first when one person was brought for a practice kill. It became easier day by day.
“Seven, eight, 10 at a time. Thirty or 40 people. We would take them in desert and kill them,” said Hussein, an imposing, well-built figure, who was wearing metal handcuffs.
Eventually, he became highly efficient, never hesitating to kill.
“I would sit them down, put a blindfold on them and fire a bullet into their heads,” he said. “It was normal.”
Normal? In hell, perhaps.
But…wait for it. Hussein has a sob story — in fact, it’s the sort of thing somebody in Hollywood would probably make a movie about. Cue the violins…
Hussein sees himself as a victim of hardship, a product of a broken home and poverty in his hometown of Mosul, where Iraqi forces have launched an offensive against the Islamic State to dislodge them from their last stronghold in Iraq.
“I had no money. No one to say, ‘This is wrong, this is right.’ No jobs. I had friends but no one to give me advice,” said Hussein, who has been held in the cell with a barred window since his capture in October.
Golly, maybe Loretta Lynch was right! Remember when she said the most effective response to terror is unity, compassion and love? She said that after an Islamic terrorist massacred 49 loving and compassionate people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Or remember when Marie Harf (who has apparently been hired by Fox News of all places) famously said the root cause of ISIS is unemployment?
Gosh darn if those crazy liberals weren’t right all along! Sure, we can be sad for the tens of thousands of people who’ve been brutalized by ISIS. But don’t forget, those ISIS fighters are victims too!