The threshold of outrage on jihad

Millions of people around the world were horrified by the recent display of abject barbarism when ISIS doused Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh with accelerant, put him in a cage, and burned him alive.

And horrified we should be.

Some say, as I have read in comments on blogs, that perhaps this act of terror will be the catalyst that will wake people up to the ruthless and relentless savagery sweeping across the Middle East under the banner of the Islamic State. And the awakened masses will finally understand what we are up against and who the enemy is.

But I’m not so sure.

Were many not horrified by recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers?

Were many not shocked by the murders at the office of Charlie Hebdo? (Less so by the Jews murdered later that day because, well apparently, they were just Jews.)

Remember when it was plastered all over the news that Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of girls and sold them as sex slaves? Or the plight of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar? Or people being crucified, buried alive, raped, and butchered?

Or news of daily horrors in Muslim majority countries where women are whipped, stoned, beheaded, and girls are burned alive, to name but a few barbaric practices dictated by Sharia/Islamic law.

Remember when terror tunnels reaching into Israel were discovered (tunnels that are now being rebuilt with our tax dollars)?  Or when jihadists crept into the home of an Israeli family and slit the throats of nearly every single family member who lay asleep?

People and children maimed and murdered. One at a time. A family at a time. A village at a time.

Remember Benghazi? So much horror has unfolded since that horror that it runs the risk of becoming a distant memory.

And what of the Islamic terror attack that killed nearly 3,000 people on 9/11, leaving the world in shock, disbelief, sorrow, and rage? (Though many also celebrated the darkness that befell America on that fateful day.)

And then there was the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber. The Fort Hood jihadist. The Islamic terrorists who bombed the USS Cole, a Madrid train, a London subway, the Boston Marathon, and Pan-Am flight 93.

There were the Air France flight 139 hijackers, the US Embassy in Beirut bombers, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires suicide bombers, as well as the jihadists who kidnapped and murdered members of the Israeli Olympic team in Munich.

Along with the bombings of US Embassies in East Africa, the Khobar Towers, the Beirut Marine barracks, and the World Trade Center (1993). And the Mumbai terrorist attack and the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking and murder.

As well as people butchered and beheaded on the streets of Western nations, one in four women raped by Muslim men in countries like Sweden, Jews who are routinely attacked in countries like France, ongoing acts of terror against Jews in Israel, Christian genocide in the Middle East, and on and on and on.

To name but a few examples.

Not only are there countless more examples from the past few years (just last month alone, nearly 4,000 people were murdered and another 2, 261 were critically injured in 266 jihad attacks spanning 28 countries), but you can go back in time – 1400 years more or less – and find nothing but violence perpetuated upon the earth in the name of Islam.

So to return to my original point: If this centuries-long history doesn’t impress. And if unthinkably savage events in our lifetime haven’t already awakened the sleeping masses, I’m not convinced anything will.

Except, perhaps, this:

Speaking the truth about the underlying ideology that drives this bloodbath. Educating others about the words written in the Koran that demand that non-Muslims convert, pay the jizya tax, or die. Helping people realize that these acts of jihad are not isolated events. Spreading the word that Islam is not a religion of peace, but rather a political ideology of subjugation and war. And rejecting at every turn this nation’s plunge into darkness as the president stands with evil – aligning himself with and negotiating with those who wish to destroy us.

May every single human being who has fallen beneath the sword of Islam rest in peace and may their deaths not be in vain.

Millions of people around the world were horrified by the recent display of abject barbarism when ISIS doused Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh with accelerant, put him in a cage, and burned him alive.

And horrified we should be.

Some say, as I have read in comments on blogs, that perhaps this act of terror will be the catalyst that will wake people up to the ruthless and relentless savagery sweeping across the Middle East under the banner of the Islamic State. And the awakened masses will finally understand what we are up against and who the enemy is.

But I’m not so sure.

Were many not horrified by recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers?

Were many not shocked by the murders at the office of Charlie Hebdo? (Less so by the Jews murdered later that day because, well apparently, they were just Jews.)

Remember when it was plastered all over the news that Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of girls and sold them as sex slaves? Or the plight of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar? Or people being crucified, buried alive, raped, and butchered?

Or news of daily horrors in Muslim majority countries where women are whipped, stoned, beheaded, and girls are burned alive, to name but a few barbaric practices dictated by Sharia/Islamic law.

Remember when terror tunnels reaching into Israel were discovered (tunnels that are now being rebuilt with our tax dollars)?  Or when jihadists crept into the home of an Israeli family and slit the throats of nearly every single family member who lay asleep?

People and children maimed and murdered. One at a time. A family at a time. A village at a time.

Remember Benghazi? So much horror has unfolded since that horror that it runs the risk of becoming a distant memory.

And what of the Islamic terror attack that killed nearly 3,000 people on 9/11, leaving the world in shock, disbelief, sorrow, and rage? (Though many also celebrated the darkness that befell America on that fateful day.)

And then there was the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber. The Fort Hood jihadist. The Islamic terrorists who bombed the USS Cole, a Madrid train, a London subway, the Boston Marathon, and Pan-Am flight 93.

There were the Air France flight 139 hijackers, the US Embassy in Beirut bombers, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires suicide bombers, as well as the jihadists who kidnapped and murdered members of the Israeli Olympic team in Munich.

Along with the bombings of US Embassies in East Africa, the Khobar Towers, the Beirut Marine barracks, and the World Trade Center (1993). And the Mumbai terrorist attack and the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking and murder.

As well as people butchered and beheaded on the streets of Western nations, one in four women raped by Muslim men in countries like Sweden, Jews who are routinely attacked in countries like France, ongoing acts of terror against Jews in Israel, Christian genocide in the Middle East, and on and on and on.

To name but a few examples.

Not only are there countless more examples from the past few years (just last month alone, nearly 4,000 people were murdered and another 2, 261 were critically injured in 266 jihad attacks spanning 28 countries), but you can go back in time – 1400 years more or less – and find nothing but violence perpetuated upon the earth in the name of Islam.

So to return to my original point: If this centuries-long history doesn’t impress. And if unthinkably savage events in our lifetime haven’t already awakened the sleeping masses, I’m not convinced anything will.

Except, perhaps, this:

Speaking the truth about the underlying ideology that drives this bloodbath. Educating others about the words written in the Koran that demand that non-Muslims convert, pay the jizya tax, or die. Helping people realize that these acts of jihad are not isolated events. Spreading the word that Islam is not a religion of peace, but rather a political ideology of subjugation and war. And rejecting at every turn this nation’s plunge into darkness as the president stands with evil – aligning himself with and negotiating with those who wish to destroy us.

May every single human being who has fallen beneath the sword of Islam rest in peace and may their deaths not be in vain.