Systematic rape, slavery: The horrifying conundrum of ISIS

isis-1I’ve been reading as deeply as I can on the origins and characteristics of ISIS, trying to come to grips with its emergence and how it might be eradicated.  But the truth is that each time we have tried a largely military approach to an Islamic extremist group, we’ve succeeded in mestastizing the cancer and ensuring its re-emergence in an even more virulent form. A military component will be essential, but it will not be sufficient.

At the very least, the existence of ISIS reminds us again that true evil does exist in the world. The ideology of the group is at least as demented and cruel as that of National Socialism under Adolph Hitler, and if given the backing of a powerful state military would be as equally dangerous. Of course, the paradox is that if it relied upon the backing of a powerful state military, it would also be a lot easier to defeat. Instead it lives as almost a virus in the info-sphere, capable of quickly evolving into new forms to match whatever new conditions it encounters.

If you haven’t read this story in today’s New York Times about the systemic use of rape as a recruiting tool and even religious rite by ISIS, I urge you to do so, with the caveat that it is deeply unsettling:

“The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.

The trade in Yazidi women and girls has created a persistent infrastructure, with a network of warehouses where the victims are held, viewing rooms where they are inspected and marketed, and a dedicated fleet of buses used to transport them.

A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts. And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.

A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.”

That kind of evil, appealing to the worst in human nature, cannot and will not triumph. But while it persists it exacts a horrifying toll on those who fall its victim.

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"Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor Mark Halperin stated that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has “reached a turning point” where the “establishment candidates” think he can win Iowa, “most” believe he can win the nomination, and “a significant number think he could win the White House” on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Halperin was asked his writing that “Most importantly, we’ve reached a turning point with Trump, the major establishment campaigns of both parties now think Trump could win Iowa, and most of them think he could win the nomination, and a significant number think he could win the White House.” And that the campaigns were in “full freak out mode.”

He said, “Trump may not end up as the nominee, but right now, he’s changed the race, not just leading in the Fox poll, but coming to the fair. I’ve been to the fair with Barack Obama at his peak, Sarah Palin at her peak, with other candidates, George Bush. The reception Trump got here was not just about celebrity. I walked with him for 45 minutes after the helicopter ride, he came to the fair, and people were yelling things to him with passion. ‘Save us,’ ‘You’re the only one who can stop Hillary,’ ‘Thank you for making America great again.’ The other campaigns — the other leading Republican campaigns, monitored Trump’s behavior here. And that was part, along with the Fox poll, and along with the developments of the last couple of weeks, of them saying, as you just quoted, they now believe Trump can win Iowa.”

Host Joe Scarborough then remarked, “that really changes everything in this campaign about how they react to him.” Halperin agreed with this point."

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"While most of the permanent political class is still aghast that 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump put together one of most specific, pro-American worker immigration plans of anyone running for public office, he’s winning widespread praise from key experts on the issue.

Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) executive director Mark Krikorian told Breitbart News that he’s pleased Trump is drawing a focus to this issue and his plan is spot on."

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Trump wants to build a wall that Mexico will pay for. Good luck with that one

KUTGF
KUTGF

a group of more than 50 faith-based organizations signed on to a letter urging the Senate to end the push to defund Planned Parenthood, proclaiming “a world without Planned Parenthood would be disastrous for many women and their families.”

“Our organizations share a faith-centered commitment to the most marginalized and the most vulnerable of our society, including those with limited financial means or those who live in areas with limited access to healthcare and related services,” the letter reads. “For many, Planned Parenthood is their only source of medical care. Many Planned Parenthood patients are struggling to make ends meet. In times of economic hardship, the need for Planned Parenthood is greater than ever.”

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What?  Religions supporting planned parenthood?  But but but.....

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@KUTGF Faith based? Are they suggecting the abortion is now OK with these groups? or is it the OTHER servies they are concerned with. Is faith based the same as Baptists or Catholics or is it word parsing?

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Think progress? LOL


these are not real religious groups except to the far left. 


"Several of the organizations listed — such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, Catholics for Choice, Jewish Women International, and DignityUSA — have spent years championing women’s health. Many also recently met with the White House to advocate for providing abortion services to women who endure rape in war-torn areas — including victims of ISIS’s horrific sex slave trade.

Rev. Harry Knox, the head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and one of the signers of the letter, expressed a similar sentiment in an interview with ThinkProgress. He blasted both the intent and tactics of the Center for Medical Progress, the group responsible for making the inflammatory videos geared towards defaming Planned Parenthood.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@InTheMiddle2 Several of the organizations listed — such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, Catholics for Choice, Jewish Women International, and DignityUSA — have spent years championing women’s health. Many also recently met with the White House to advocate for providing abortion services to women who endure rape in war-torn areas — including victims of ISIS’s horrific sex slave trade.

Rev. Harry Knox, the head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and one of the signers of the letter, expressed a similar sentiment in an interview with ThinkProgress. He blasted both the intent and tactics of the Center for Medical Progress, the group responsible for making the inflammatory videos geared towards defaming Planned Parenthood.

“As a Christian, I believe that God trusts and empowers each of us to make the decisions that are best for ourselves and our families,” Knox wrote in an email. “In a just and righteous society, women and families are fully empowered with the tools and resources needed to decide whether, when, and under what circumstances to have children and to raise their children in healthy environments. These sustained attacks on health care are no way to build the beloved community that God desires for us.”

“The attacks on Planned Parenthood and other abortion care providers are part of a long-term pattern of attacks on women’s personal decision-making,” he added

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Not all "religion" has extreme beliefs.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF The Coward of Paulding clucks and lies.


Please do provide us the  certification check list that makes a group a "real religious group" like your Westboro Baptist Church. 

td1234
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@KUTGF So states the person that is so scared and hiding under bed that they will not even meet and drink a free beer. I can see that big yellow streak running down your back. LOL

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For all the progressives that keep trying to tell us that Trump is "stupid". "clown", "can not win", would get crushed by Hillary" ... They sure are paying a lot of attention to him and trying their hardest to discredit everything he says. LOL

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@StraightNoChaser Children stay with their parents. They are citizens and can come back when they turn 18. 

Uber Anarchist
Uber Anarchist

@td1234 If'n you really believe the Trumpster could win the presidency, you may also be interested in a bridge I own. Top notch location. Toll plaza (which charges double what it could because the bridge is that good). I have 10 offers already but I really wanna sell to you and will offer good price.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 Please explain how Donald Trump is going to stop the automatic citizenship of kids born in this country?  To do so he would have to change the 14th amendment which is not going to happen so my second question is who and what is going to vote for such a big lie?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Answer the question how is Donald Trump going to change the 14th amendment to stop the automatic citizenship of children born in this country?  That's a big lie because he will not have the power to change the constitution.  The 14th amendment in the United States Constitution grants children born in this country citizenship.

td1234
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@StraightNoChaser Did you read the statement? Who says the children will not remain citizens? The point made is that it is a stated policy of the US that children are to be united with their parents so when the illegal parents leave then the children leave with the parents. When the children turn 18 then they can come back or they can remain in the country of their parents. 


We have been doing this for hundreds of years when we deport non citizen illegals. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Trump's immigration policy he laid out states that he will stop the automatic citizenship of children born in this country which is an out right lie.  He will not have the authority to do so so why would anyone vote for such a big lie?

KUTGF
KUTGF

Donald Trump: I Get My Military Advice From Watching Shows

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So he is watching Ftroop!

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

That's the beauty of Trump, NO HANDLERS...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

aw what the heck. I think I've had a change of heart here.


You remember Sandra Fluke? It wasn't that long ago, 2012, when she spoke before a Democratic congressional committee on the bulls--- of conscience clauses and the nonsense of businesses and colleges trying not to cover birth control in their prescription drug health plans. She was viciously attacked on the right as a "sl-t" who just wanted to f--- like crazy, despite the fact that what she was saying was that poor women need to have contraception covered, sometimes for things that don't even involve f-----g. 

You know who was right down in the trenches of the war on Sandra Fluke? F----n' Megyn Kelly, that's who. The conservative "feminist" we're supposed to defend now because Donald Trump said some b-tchy things about her couldn't get enough of attacking Fluke. Indeed, you could make a case that it was Kelly's targeting of Fluke that pleasured Roger Ailes and got her the primetime slot she's in now.

Uber Anarchist
Uber Anarchist

@Visual_Cortex She does what her handlers tell her to do. No more, no less. You would do the same if your job depended on it. Sheesh.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Bla bla bla - any more stupid comments VC????

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@Visual_Cortex OMG!  I can't believe Ms. Kelley would say something so vile and disgusting as: 

"Ms. Fluke would have the world believe that she is somehow a victim because she is at Georgetown Law School and is not getting her contraception paid for by the law school." 

Your Rude Pundit hero is a real class act.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ Must be hard for you to not even know what Ms. Fluke actually testified about in Congress. 

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@KUTGF @_GodlessHeathen_ 

"Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that's practically an entire summer's salary. Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy."  Sandra Fluke's testimony.

td1234
td1234

She testified in front of Democrats at a news conference. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

 And that Party thinks they can run the country better.  Not even a lemonade stand. 

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What kind of chutzpah does it take to write such a line, what level of delusion to actually think it, when the party you carry water for is the GOP?  LOL.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Jay documents a true War on Women where ISIS has formalized sex slavery but the Left still thinks there is no reason to send troops back in to defeat ISIS.  Oh no Jay writes, if we do we will only get something worse.  Perhaps a dirty bomb in Manhattan?


Meanwhile, the Hilldabeast is choosing her words carefully when talking of her email while the staff is deciding if one or more fall on their sword will it save her.  The server is said to be clean, but I've heard only one mention of the backups.  A testament to Lap Media still backing her.  Apparently, they think most of us too stupid to think of the backup being on a different server.


And that Party thinks they can run the country better.  Not even a lemonade stand. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JohnnyReb

Jay documents a true War on Women where ISIS has formalized sex slavery

already I know this one's gonna qualify for the "Furthest Traveled" award.

KUTGF
KUTGF

It doesn’t look like the Donald Trump/Fox News heavyweight fight for Republican domination is over yet.

Yesterday, I wrote about Fox’s surprisingly vicious attack on Trump after he took credit for Megyn Kelly’s 10-day vacation. Kelly’s unusually long vacation announcement was made less than a week after her tough confrontation with Trump during Fox’s Republican primary debate – and, of course, following a series of sexist attacks made by Trump on her....TRUMP: And this last thing with Fox. I mean, I love Roger Ailes but all you have to do is ask Roger Ailes who won. So I don’t think I’ve made any mistakes. I am sure I will at some point, but so far you would have to say, has it worked out badly, right?

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Winning!  Charlie Sheen for VP!

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Another kutgf original post... Honk honk

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

utt-oh

Number of Hillary Clinton’s emails flagged for classified data grows to 60 as review continues

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Visual_Cortex @DownInAlbany @CherokeeCounty 

The Hillary bandwagon know-it-alls kinda remind me of "Barack Hussein Obama is a Kenyan."  Or, "Time to impeach Obama (for not being a white man)."  ;-)

They are actually trying to direct history, not simply read it correctly.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @CherokeeCounty

Forgive my own lack of enthusiasm, but I don't think a weekday has gone by for the past three months that hasn't had some kind of "uh oh, she's really doomed for real, no really, now!" post from He Man Hils Haterz Club.

So it's kinda hard to get worked up now.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@KUTGF @Visual_Cortex

Actually, for perhaps one in five or so days that invariably begin with "OMG Hils, she's done for!" I do check the news.google.com homepage, and maybe if I'm feeling super generous I'll click on the US section to see if anyone in the lamestream corporate media agree that this is even, you know, "news", rating inclusion with the top 20-or-so linked articles in that section.

More often than not it isn't.

This one isn't, although I do see it's atop Drudgey and Fox, so...

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

" That kind of evil, appealing to the worst in human nature, cannot and will not triumph."

What makes you think so, Jay Bookman? 

What justifies your um..... FAITH? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@CherokeeCounty @Yes_Jesus_Can

I'm not sure I've ever read Jay speak of his faith.

He's been circumspect, but shared with us before.

Raised Christian but not a Supreme-being believer today.

(Which is to say he's among the fastest growing group of religious adherents in America at the moment.)

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Visual_Cortex @CherokeeCounty @Yes_Jesus_Can 

Thanks.

It always amazes me - living in the South - how many former Southern Baptists I meet.  They are still Christians, and still value their faith, but they attend a Lutheran, or Presbyterian, or Methodist church.  Confirming your final sentence.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Yes_Jesus_Can 

I'm not sure I've ever read Jay speak of his faith.

But the kind of evil represented by ISIS never wins permanently.  Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot - the list of tyrants is long - but most all of them are eventually defeated militarily, or their countries and cultures change without war.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Yes_Jesus_Can @Visual_Cortex @CherokeeCounty

Why is my view of history "messed up"? 

Because you seem to believe that humanity is messed up, that we're doomed to tolerate ever more violent and awful crimes against humanity, when in reality murder rates around the globe are lower and it's generally a much safer place for people to live in, than it was centuries ago.

If you can't be bothered to recognize as much, and if you're just gonna be all alarmist like that and say that faith in humanity's ability to overcome this kind of horror is unfounded? I don't see any reason for anyone to take you seriously.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Visual_Cortex @Yes_Jesus_Can @CherokeeCounty 

There is nothing that I wrote today which would lead any coherent thinker to conclude what you concluded about my opinions. 

Indeed you are jumping to conclusions here WAY too fast. 

If your vocab is so limited to consider my view of history is "messed up" because you believe I think humanity is "messed up," that's another signal about what's "messed up," to borrow your phrase. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Visual_Cortex @Yes_Jesus_Can @CherokeeCounty 

Besides, to argue the original point, it's not that I believe humanity is doomed at all, but the question is WHY is it not doomed, if you think it's not, and WHY it is if I think it is. 

It would be better for your arguments if you aimed your fodder at the questions behind the question. 

Myself, I wanted to find out WHY and HOW this ISIS threat would be taken care of in the present situation.

Doesn't seem to me that international little men, like our president are up to the challenge, and I would point out that a guy like our obama has absolutely nothing to contribute to this discussion, except to demagogue.