CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 6, 2014 — What sort of sick society recruits children to become suicide bombers, or to kill and maim innocent people?
Muslim apologists never stop telling us that Islam is a “religion of peace,” but what other faith has to constantly remind everyone how peaceful it is? None.
As ISIS continues its efforts to establish an Islamist state in Syria, Iraq and other regions of the Middle East, they are now recruiting teenagers and younger children to patrol the streets of Mosul.
They do recite the Koran; after all, “Koran” means “recital.” And they shout epithets in Arabic as every good Muslim does. But, like so many radical Muslims, most of the time they have no comprehension of what they are saying except for one word: hate.
Why they hate doesn’t matter. They just hate.
“Chilling” is the only way to describe the eerie, surreal images of children, some as young as nine years old, taking up a cause they know nothing about, yet willing to slaughter people in the streets because they have been brainwashed to do so.
Already ISIS has changed its name to the Islamic State. Before they came to power, young men were against them, but with the torture and cruelty that followed since ISIS took control, now children are being conscripted to the cause.
It is all part of the Islamic training manual. Wait until Islam is in control, then force people to follow through fear. That is how Islam has grown for 14 centuries. Many Muslims have been indoctrinated for so long, they do not even have a clue as to why they are Muslims. They just are.
In Mosul, young volunteers for the Islamic State generally range between 10 and 30 years of age. So influenced are they that they cannot rationalize that none of the leaders promising 72 virgins and paradise with Allah ever participates in their own suicide.
As described in an article by “The Clarion Project,” a nine-year-old jihadist named Abdullah went into a store to purchase candy and milk while taking his machine gun with him. He was accompanied by a large, older gunman.
The shopkeeper mentioned to Abdullah that he, too, has a son who spends most of his time on the computer.
Abdullah was not allowed to respond. Instead his chaperone replied, “Our children don’t waste time on electronic games or on watching cartoons. They have a dream and their dream is to establish an Islamic state.”
Then, patting Abdullah on the shoulder the older man said, “We have a lot of hope for Abdullah and other children his age. We believe they will conquer all of Iraq and Persia and that they will liberate Jerusalem.”
The tactic is not new. It has been going on for centuries. Still, that does not diminish the frightening juxtaposition of a small child roaming through burning streets of destruction with an automatic weapon when candy and milk and video games should be occupying his mind.
Elsewhere, according to “The Clarion Project” story, another teenager, Majed, was recruited with other boys from his village after being offered the promise of a free education at a local mosque. Majed also reported that he was asked to sign up for a suicide mission. He did not say whether the “free education” would be provided before or after he blew himself up,
“Sometimes fighters volunteered,” said Majed. “And sometimes (commanders) said, ‘Allah chose you.’”
Imagine the “honor” of being “chosen” at the age of nine to kill yourself for a cause you know nothing about other than the indoctrination of hate at a time in your life when you should be living it to the fullest rather than thinking about dying for nothing.
To speak out against such violations of human rights and common decency is known by those who endorse the tenets of Muslim beliefs as “Islamophobia.”
And just when you figure that intelligent educated people cannot become more irrational or stranger than they already are, the world becomes even more bizarre than it was the day before.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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