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A few days ago I posted an exhortation on not allowing ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, who claims to be an American citizen, back into the country. PJ Media created a timeline of events that surround Muthana. It’s called “The Chilling Timeline of the ISIS Bride Who Wants to Return,” written by Claudia Rosett. Someone had to do it. Most of the mainstream media don’t follow up on things that might upset liberal constituencies. I thought this passage struck home on the media’s lapse and deserves quoting:
In the media coverage of this case, all that bloody record of deliberately inflicted human agony seems to have faded into some remote and misty past, summarized in maybe a sentence or two — or symbolized on the TV news by short video clips of ISIS fighters waving black flags and shooting guns, with no obvious target. As far as I’m aware, no media outlet has so far juxtaposed an interview of Hoda Muthana with such signature ISIS footage as videos of American hostages, on their knees, about to be beheaded by ISIS; or that young Jordanian pilot burned alive in a cage.
Rosett, who is a very fine writer, takes on the media bleeding hearts who claim that the woman was too young to make a rational decision.
Was it really nothing but youth and ignorance? Hoda was 20 when she went to Syria to join ISIS — older than many of the victims whose sufferings ISIS was gloating over at the time. She’s now 24, and only now, with ISIS stripped of its caliphate — thanks to others, including members of the American military who risked or gave their lives to fight the terrorists she joined — is she publicly disavowing ISIS. And though in her recent interviews she’s been expressing plenty of regret about the misfortunes ISIS brought to her own life, she’s said almost nothing about what ISIS did, while she urged and cheered it on, to thousands upon thousands who had no choice at all. They are not on camera in these interviews. Many of them are dead.
If you’ll allow me a digression before I get to the timeline, the sentence by Rosett that Muthana was “older than many of the victims” who suffered under ISIS brings up two stories from this week that turned my stomach. First, this from The Mail, “Pregnant at just 10, girl is trapped as sex slave in ISIS capital as aunt reveals children are beaten with cables by jihadi brides and ‘raped by 100 men’”:
Marwa Khedr was just ten years old when Islamic State jihadis swept into her village in the Sinjar region of Iraq and rounded up all the families at gunpoint.
The men were buried alive in a mass grave, while the women and children were taken to a nearby town in the north of the country, where they were divided up by age.
The most prized, taken off by senior IS figures, were those aged between ten and 20.
If you think ten years old is too young for sexual intercourse, it isn’t under Islam. Mohammed consummated his marriage to one of his brides when she was nine years old, and so Muslim law condones sex with girls at that age. Mohammed was the “perfect man” and so everything he did is sanctioned. Marwa is still missing, but her aunt, Mahdya, who was also held as a sex slave, shared her horrible experience:
She told a terrible story of being frequently sold, assaulted, forced to marry several times, threatened with having her daughters raped by older men, and seeing them beaten regularly with cables by jihadi brides. Another child was killed in a bombing.
‘I don’t know how many times I was sold,’ she told me.
‘One man only had me for three days, then sold me again. They also held me underground for two months. It was so dark I could not tell night and day.’
Among the men she saw trading Yazidi women and girls from a shop during her four-and-a-half-year nightmare was a white Westerner who joined IS after spending years in prison. He held Mahdya for ten days. ‘He was buying girls, washing them, dressing them in beautiful clothes and then selling them,’ she said.
Mahdya and Marwa, if she makes it out alive, may be the lucky ones. A few days before the Mawra story, The Mail also had “SAS troops find severed heads of 50 Yazidi sex slaves as they close in on last of barbaric ISIS ‘tunnel rats’”:
Elite SAS troops found the severed heads of 50 sex slaves murdered by merciless Islamic State fighters as they led the assault on the terror group’s last stronghold, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The barbaric jihadis had beheaded dozens of Yazidi women before dumping their heads in dustbins.
British Special Forces made the grisly discovery when they entered Baghuz, the besieged town on the banks of the Euphrates in eastern Syria where IS is making its last desperate stand.
It followed a fierce close-quarter battle earlier this month during which SAS soldiers fired 600 mortar bombs and tens of thousands of machine-gun rounds, forcing the enemy into a network of tunnels beneath the rubble-strewn town.
And further down the article:
A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘In their hour of defeat, the jihadis’ cruelty knew no bounds. They conducted a cowardly slaughter of these desperately unfortunate women as a final act of depravity and left their severed heads behind for us to find. The motivation for such a sickening act is beyond comprehension for any remotely normal human being.
Since Muthana wants to come back to the country, just think of the fates of those poor girls who were younger than her and had nothing but suffering and tragedy in their pitiless young lives at the expense of men she supported. It’s probable Muthana was one of those whipping the poor girls with cables.
Here’s a sampling of the timeline, but do read Rosett’s piece.
Nov 2013: A full year before she left for Syria, her interest in ISIS began.
February — From Alabama, Hoda Muthana renews the U.S. passport initially issued for her at her father’s behest in 2005.
May — ISIS displays crucified bodies in Raqqa, Syria..
June — ISIS declares its “caliphate” with Raqqa as its capital.
August — ISIS releases video of captured American journalist James Foley, on his knees in an orange jumpsuit, and beheads him on camera.
August — ISIS launches a genocidal attack on the Yazidis in Iraq, besieging tens of thousands of men, women, and children who have fled to the upper reaches of Mount Sinjar,
September — ISIS releases video of the beheading of American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff
September — ISIS releases video of the beheading of British aid worker, David Haines.
October — ISIS releases video of the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning.
November — Hoda Muthana tells her parents she is leaving on a school trip, and uses her university tuition money to buy a ticket to Turkey and travel onward to Raqqa, Syria.
December — From Syria, Hoda tweets a photo of American, British, and Canadian passports, with the comment “Bonfire soon, no need for these anymore. alhamdulillah.” She marries an Australian ISIS jihadi, who is killed a few months later. While in Syria, she will go on to marry a second ISIS jihadi, bear him a son in 2017, and when that second husband is killed, marry a third ISIS jihadi, whose whereabouts she now says she does not know.
Now mind you, all that time, Muthana has been following the Islamic State diligently on the internet and God knows what else, so she is leaving for Syria with full knowledge of what is going on. From here on out, I’ll skip the ISIS parts and concentrate the timeline on Muthana.
March — Hoda posts on Twitter about the death of her first ISIS husband, an Australian, Suhan Rahman, who’d traveled to Syria from Melbourne, and two months earlier had made news in Australia for posting pictures of himself posing with an AK-47, praising the terrorist attacks in Paris, and urging in a social media post: “Let the heads fly and the blood flow.” As Hoda confirms the following month in her online interview with BuzzFeed, she posts on Twitter a photo of her husband’s dead and bloodied body, and eulogizes him with a tweet: “May Allah accept my husband, Abu Jihad al Australi. Promised Allah and fought in the front lines until he attained shahadah [martyrdom].”
March — Hoda also tweets from Syria: “Americans wake up! … You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades..go on drive by’s + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them.”
April — From Syria, Hoda gives an online interview to BuzzFeed, via a messaging app, in which she writes that “Nothing is forced here.” She describes herself as “content,” says ,”I wanted to marry under an Islamic state rather than the West,” and writes that when she asked her father, a month after her departure, to send her $2,500 to come home, she was not telling the truth: “It was just a test,” she wrote; “It would never cross my mind to come back.”
Recall all the truck killings and shootings that occurred. Muthana was urging it on. You can read the rest. I’ve made my point. She urged the slaughter of many, she supported and indeed lived among the enemy combatants. She saw the horrors and the killings. She is as guilty of crimes against humanity as any warring jihadi.
It would be an absolute crime if she were allowed back in the country. That is with one stipulation, as @OccupantCDN noted in a comment to my post — if she returns in a body bag or an urn.