by Joseph Klein
ISIS’s brutality knows no bounds. Early medieval style beheadings,
crucifixions, enslavement and rapes of women and young girls are ISIS’s
calling cards. They have slaughtered or abducted thousands of civilians
and have committed systematic genocide against Yazidis and Christians.
Yet when reports of such acts of barbarism began to emerge in 2014, the
progressive left either ignored the worst demonstrations of pure evil in
our time or pooh-poohed them.
For example, the far left feminist Naomi Wolf,
pretending to be an objective journalist, has demanded proof of ISIS
transgressions. She questioned whether the videos of beheadings by ISIS
jihadists were real. “So much about ISIS seems hyped/spun,” she said on
her Facebook page in August 2014. In response to accounts of ISIS
jihadists’ sexual exploitation of women, she bizarrely warned us to
“remember the fake accounts of ‘the HUN’ raping Belgian women that drove
everyone else into World War One.” Recall that Naomi Wolf has argued in
the past that Muslim women veiling themselves are doing so as an expression of their own free choice.
The proof of ISIS’s barbarism is told both in staggering numbers and
heart rendering first person accounts of women beaten and raped by the
ISIS predators. An estimated 3,500 people are being held by ISIS as
sexual slaves in Iraq alone, according to a United Nations report issued on January 19th
by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the UN human rights office.
“Those being held are predominantly women and children and come
primarily from the Yezidi (sic) community, but a number are also from
other ethnic and religious minority communities,” the report said.
In one example cited in the report, ISIS was said to have killed 19
women in Mosul last August “for refusing to have sex with its fighters.”
Another example involved the abduction last June of 42 Yazidi women
whom were reportedly being used as “sex slaves,” with some sold to ISIS
fighters “for between USD500 and USD2,000.”
Even more horrific
than the UN report’s factual recitation are the first-hand accounts of
victims who were lucky enough to escape sexual enslavement. Several
victims were quoted describing their experiences in captivity in a
January 18th article appearing in the Daily Mail.
One 18-year-old woman, who was captured in the area of Mt. Sinjar on
August 3, 2014 and held for 11 months, recalled that “The saddest thing I
remember, during those terrible months, was this little girl, 12 years
old. They raped her without mercy.”
A 22-year-old woman, who
was captured on August 15, 2014 and held for 11 months, said that she
“was forced to have sex up to six times per night. They always fastened
my legs and arms when they raped me.” Another woman captured the same
day recalled the beating of her 3 year old niece.
27-year-old pregnant woman recalled being beaten and forced to have sex
with the sex slave masters to whom she had been sold even though she was
pregnant at the time. “They raped me over and over again,” she said.
In account after account, we feel the suffering, pain and humiliation
these women experienced during their brutal captivity by truly evil
barbarians. And now the misogynist culture that permeates
Muslim-majority countries and ISIS-controlled territories in the Middle
East and elsewhere is beginning to debase our own culture. The recent
incidences of rapes and assaults of women by Middle Eastern and North
African refugees in Cologne, Germany and other European cities may be
just the tip of the iceberg. And all that European leaders such as
Cologne’s mayor can say is that European women will need to become more
adaptive to the changing cultural norms. The mayor appeared to blame the
victims for enticing their assailants, which is consistent with a key
tenet of jihadist ideology.
Where is the feminist outrage
over the jihadists’ ongoing war on women? There is none to speak of.
Some would rather not talk about the issue at all or pass it off as less
of a concern than Western disrespect of Muslim culture.
example, a prominent feminist with the same first name as Ms. Wolf,
Naomi Klein, appears oblivious to ISIS's rape of “infidel” women and
girls. All she seems to care about now is climate change, which she
regards as the number one existential threat to civilization.
When Naomi Klein has spoken out about Islamic terrorism in the past, it was all in the context of making excuses for global jihad.
In her writings, she has ignored the religious sources in the Koran and
Hadith used to justify Islamists’ mass killings and rapes of
“infidels,” which hearken back to the time of Prophet Muhammad himself.
Instead, she blamed alleged American “racism” and America’s support for
what she referred to as the “Zionist project.” In an article appearing in The Guardian
back in August 2005, she asserted that “so-called Islamist terrorism
was ‘home grown’ in the West…it's not tolerance for multiculturalism
that fuels terrorism; it's tolerance for barbarism committed in our
Naomi Klein’s 2004 article entitled “Bring Najaf to New York”
was a paean to the “sacred” Shiite city of Najaf, which she claimed
American soldiers were desecrating. She extolled Iranian-supported
jihadist Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shiite militia leader with blood of
U.S. soldiers on his hands. “Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers are not
just another group of generic terrorists out to kill Americans,” Ms.
Klein tried to assure the readers of her article in The Nation. They
were noble resistance fighters against “foreign occupation.” The foreign
occupiers meant only the United States, according to Ms. Klein, which
is peculiar considering that Sadr’s militia, backed by Iran, was
fighting against Iraqi forces as well as U.S. forces in the Battle of
Najaf in August 2004. And she acknowledged that Sadr “would try to turn
Iraq into a theocracy like Iran,” which would not have sat well with
major portions of the Iraqi population who did not want to be dominated
”It’s time to bring Najaf to New York,” Naomi Klein
declared in observing preparations for the Republican National
Convention and the accompanying protests against the Iraqi war occurring
in New York in August 2004. “Najaf. It’s nowhere to be found,” she
lamented as if she were searching for a Shangri-La-like utopia.
While mythologizing Najaf as a very special place whose presence she
wished would be felt in New York, did Naomi Klein have any idea what
life for women in Najaf was really like? Did she care? Evidently not. In
reality, as a female Iraqi journalist living in Najaf pointed out,
women in Najaf are not even acknowledged as human beings. “The pressure
never lets up in Najaf, and it is applied to all women -- Western and
Arab, Muslim and non-Muslim, journalist or not,” the journalist Bushra
Juhi explained in the article “Silence is the dress code for women.”
who works with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., is
yet another example of a progressive left feminist who views the United
States as more in the wrong than the jihadists. While acknowledging
that ISIS has committed some horrible acts, she said during a C-Span interview
in mid-July 2015 that such acts do not compare with “the numbers of
people killed in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan.”
Ms. Bennis is typical of the leftwing moral relativists who believe that
wars to liberate peoples from brutally repressive regimes and to combat
jihadists whom have committed deliberate mass slaughter and rape of
civilians are worse than the deliberate mass slaughter and rape of
civilians by the jihadists themselves.
Bennis condemned the
U.S. led military action to destroy ISIS, such as it is, because, she
said, it “puts us in the position of being the world's oppressor to so
many people around the world.” In Bennis’s mind, military efforts to
rescue thousands of Yazidis and Kurds in danger of being massacred or
raped, and conducting pinpoint assaults against ISIS leaders and
infrastructure facilities, is tantamount to oppression.
shouldn’t worry about ISIS as a threat to the homeland, Bennis assured
her C-Span audience. “Unlike, Al Qaeda, their goal is not to come here…
it's a very specific and a very local struggle,” Bennis said.
Fast forward to November 13, 2015 – at least 130 innocent people massacred in ISIS-coordinated attacks in Paris, France. Bennis’s reaction
was to question whether ISIS was actually involved and to then proceed
with a rambling criticism of the whole war against terrorism, starting
with the Bush administration’s response to the 9/11 attack.
Does Bennis still think ISIS is involved in only “a very local struggle”
after both the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino massacres conducted
by jihadists who pledged their allegiance to ISIS? We are still waiting
for her to tell us.
In her C-Span interview, Bennis revealed
the true anti-American mindset of today’s Western progressive left
movement. “I don't think of myself first as an American,” she said.
Western progressive leftists share with jihadists a hatred of America
and its values. This pathological hatred has brought together strange
bedfellows with radically different ideologies into what David Horowitz has called an “unholy alliance.”
In the case of ISIS, while Western progressive leftists have not
necessarily supported its brutal tactics in full lockstep, they have
tended to downplay the seriousness of the global jihadist threat and to
spend more time decrying the West’s military response as oppressive and
imperialistic. Feminists have sacrificed their professed principles by
attaching little importance to the jihadists’ barbaric war on women and
even making excuses for the jihadists’ evil behavior.
the spell of political correctness, multiculturalism and moral
relativism, empty-headed progressive leftists have served as the useful
idiots of global jihad. If the jihadists have their way in the West,
these useful idiots may be amongst the first to literally lose their