The debate is on! What shall we do with all these women from the Western World who went off to join ISIS either as fighters or wives and now languish in prison camps in the Syrian desert? These starry-eyed idealists wanted to be part of a brave-new world, a utopia modeled on the tenets of a 7thcentury rulebook that came straight from the Creator of the Universe via a prophet to us. They believed that despite the intervening 1500 years, that ancient world with its laws, its codes, its culture was still the only world fit to live in.
And now that utopia has been revealed to be what it always was: a place for young men with big egos to carry a gun and play cock-on-the-dungheap, killing anyone who disagreed with them, collecting sex partners along the way, both willing and unwilling. These young women from the West were Islamic comfort women whose reason-for-being was to service the warriors carving out the New Caliphate. Now the bubble has burst and the Caliphate has disappeared leaving more misery and despair than anyone has seen since 1945.
Some of the women who were lured into Syria want to come back now to their families in the West. Very few people seem to want them. “They made their choice so let them stay over there and eat sand” seems to be a popular sentiment.
But two questions need to be asked. First: How were they ever deluded into thinking it was a good idea to join ISIS to begin with? The answer to that is pretty straightforward:
1) the ISIS propagandists knew how to use social media to paint an attractive picture for a certain type of individual.
2) Many of these people were at that foolish age where you are susceptible to manipulation, where you’re seeking answers and want to throw off the old parentally-imposed lifestyle and look for adventure.
3) Never underestimate the part of our being that is looking for a purpose in life, or how that purpose might be found in the supernatural. Some would call this “finding God” and others would call it rank superstition, but whatever you call it, it’s got Power—the Power to dazzle the unwitting into a blindness that defies all reason. How could anyone look on beheadings with indifference? The answer from one of the ISIS wives from the West is, “They deserved it. It’s in the Qur’an so it must be right.”
Lest we get too high on our horse, let’s not forget that history is full of Christian examples of this kind senseless bloodletting as well. Burn the apostates at the stake, exterminate the heretics man, woman, and child, bomb those Belfast bastards! Yes, this Power packs a punch that can reduce an individual to an unthinking automaton, flatten entire cities, and turn whole swathes of the Bible Belt into irrational, inhumane, inhuman white supremecists.
If ever there were an argument for a mandatory, rational, humanistic system of education that no one was allowed to opt out of for the safety of the state, these women are it.
The second question though, is more difficult: If you are a Christian, shouldn’t you forgive them and let them come back, with their babies? That, next time….