In February of 2015, I wrote an article about the death of American Kayla Mueller titled: Kayla Mueller: Death By Dithering. The theme of the article was President Obama’s more or less standard operating procedure of refusing to authorize the rescue of hostage Americans, or of scheduling rescue attempts to give him the opportunity to portray himself, if a rescue is successful, as a manly terror warrior. Unsuccessful attempts are buried, along with the bodies of the hostages. I wrote:
This is the most significant clue to what happened. President Obama and his advisors, Valerie Jarrett foremost among them, as always, delayed any rescue attempt until the Fourth of July, hoping for a political boost if the rescue were successful. Surely, Mr. Obama would have held a press conference announcing what he did—oh yes, and some soldiers were involved somehow—and how he had reunited the hostage with her family and how grateful the nation should be for his inspired leadership. There would have been photo ops with the family, etc., the whole 9 Obama yards. And because burnishing Mr. Obama’s ego and political fortunes are of greatest importance, Kayla Mueller was condemned to death—and worse.
That article noted that our intelligence agencies believed Mueller was “given as a bride to a fighter” with ISIS, to which I replied:
Translation: she was beaten, raped and tortured. Once that happened, she lost her PR value as a hostage, and/or her ‘husband’ killed her in a rage. CBS notes Mueller was the fourth American killed by ISIS to date.
Now Fox News reports that Mueller enjoyed a particular distinction. She was serially raped, and almost certainly murdered, by the leader of ISIS himself:
American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June.
‘They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means,’ Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father, told The Associated Press on Friday, which would have been his daughter’s 27th birthday. Her death was reported in February.
Her mother, Marsha Mueller, added, ‘Kayla did not marry this man. He took her to his room and he abused her and she came back crying.’
The news is but the latest in a litany of horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, which has beheaded, burned and crucified male captives while passing around women as sex slaves.
Mueller was held for a time by Islamic State financier Abu Sayyaf and his wife, known as Umm Sayyaf. Al-Baghdadi took Mueller as a “wife,” repeatedly raping her when he visited, according to a Yazidi teenager who was held with Mueller and escaped in October 2014.
The 14-year-old made her way to Iraqi Kurdistan, where she talked to U.S. commandos in November 2014. Intelligence agencies corroborated her account and American officials passed it on to her parents in June.
Umm Sayyaf confirmed that al-Baghdadi had “owned” Kayla during Umm Sayyaf’s lengthy American interrogation in Iraq, the Muellers said they were told by American officials.
This means that Mr. Obama knew of Mueller’s fate when he dithered and put off a rescue attempt that could have succeeded, waiting instead until the Fourth of July. When our troops arrived, Mueller had long since been moved elsewhere, but if they rescued her it would have been a grand political gesture for Mr. Obama, and that’s what matters above all.
It was Mueller that put herself in danger. She was apparently motivated by a desire to do relief work, but for whatever reason was willing to ignore reality: an American woman in ISIS territory is too good a prize to pass up. Once captured by ISIS barbarians, rape is the least of a woman’s worries, even though it is a certainty.
Some may be motivated to suggest that victims should not be blamed, and that women should be able to go anywhere, particularly if they are pure of heart and have good intentions. Such thinking is incredibly muddled and a extravagance affordable only by residents of advanced, industrialized nations. For the most part, that means America. As much as “feminists” and progressives scream that America treats women badly, American women are far better off than the women of virtually any other nation.
It is, after all, harridans like Hillary Clinton who deluge Americans with “war on women” rhetoric, which is ironic indeed in that Mrs. Clinton has done very well for herself. She has held high governmental positions, become fabulously wealthy, and been shielded from the consequences of her unethical and illegal behavior by the media and government. Not bad for a mere woman in a nation determined to repress women.
Arguing social policy and equality with Islamist barbarians and psychopaths is a certain way to be tortured, raped and murdered. An American woman simply setting foot in their territory has pronounced her own death sentence, and it will not be carried out in a pleasant, peaceful way. Such people recognize no such thing as gender equality, and care not that a woman has come to land under their control to do good deeds.
But this horrific tale also teaches us vital lessons about the nature of our Islamist enemy, an enemy Barack Obama cannot bring himself to identify. Some are tempted to suggest that Mueller’s rape was an anomaly, that Islam does not condone such things. Consider this from Robert Spencer at PJ Media:
Reported the Times’ Rukmini Callimachi:
In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.
Both before and after he raped her, he prostrated himself in Islamic prayer:
‘He told me,’ the girl recounted, ‘that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God.’
This was no isolated incident. A fifteen-year-old girl who had been forced into sex slavery recalled:
‘He kept telling me this is ibadah’ – that is, worship of Allah. ‘He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal.
But who are we, after all, to be judgmental about the beliefs and cultures of others? America has its faults too! Fortunately, America’s faults do not extend to the serial rape and torture of 12 year old girls. Nor do they extend to invoking god’s blessing on such vile abuse of helpless little girls. One might consider the normal reaction of Americans to such criminal viciousness–a burning desire to kill the criminal–as a sign of civilized reason.
But surely those Muslims who rape captured women are misinterpreting the “Religion of Peace?” Not so much:
Qur’an 23:1-6—The Believers must (eventually) win through—those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess—for (in their case) they are free from blame.
Qur’an 70:22-30—Not so those devoted to Prayer—those who remain steadfast to their prayer; and those in whose wealth is a recognized right for the (needy) who asks and him who is prevented (for some reason from asking); and those who hold to the truth of the Day Of Judgement; and those who fear the displeasure of their Lord—for their Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility—and those who guard their chastity, except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess—for (then) they are not to be blamed.
The Hadiths also support the rape of captives and slave girls:
Thus, the Qur’an allows men to have sex with their female captives and slave girls, and the Hadith provides numerous examples of how this was practiced. Yet we must follow this fact through to its logical conclusion. Muslims decided to have sex with their captives, whom they were later going to sell. Some of these captives were women whose husbands and families had been slaughtered by Muslims. Others had husbands who had been captured by Muslims. Would these women gladly consent to sexual intercourse with men who had killed their families or taken their families captive, and who were simply going to sell them into slavery when they arrived at the next town? Certainly not. But since the Qur’an and Muhammad authorized sex with these women (and said nothing about seeking their permission), we can only conclude that Muhammad allowed his followers to rape their captives.
We see, yet again, that it is actually the most subhuman, brutal Islamists that are practicing the letter and spirit of their faith. Muslims that recognize the humanity of women and wish to live in peace with their non-Muslim neighbors are not, in fact, following the clear dictates of their faith. It is this fundamental understanding that makes clear the popularity of Islam to men, to whom it gives license for the worst manifestations of male dominance and rage. The behavior of peaceful Muslims speaks well of their individual character, but it does not reflect their faith.
Winston Churchill understood it well, as he wrote in his book, The River War, in 1899:
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.
Refusing to recognize and act upon the actual nature of Islam has serious consequences, for our nation, for Kayla Mueller, and particularly for women around the world.