ISIS “split her in two; she would not convert!”

When I was a little girl, and afraid of monsters in my darkened bedroom, I used to think that if I would just close my eyes and turn my head away, I would be alright. If I could just look away, the monster could not see me, would not get to me, could not use and abuse me. I would be safe.

Looking away did not keep the monster at bay. It just ended up fracturing me in ways that still demand daily work at reconstruction and restoration.

I know people want to look away from this evil. Our own president seems to want to look away, and wish he did not have to be bothered with it, at all; whole governments are on vacation. After a false start at mounting a sustained rescue, England and France and the United States have kind of shrugged, and refocused on their tees, or their teas. And the domestic agenda.

But this monster is growing. It is “learning how to run a country”. If you look away at this monster, it will advance and destroy.

The men are being slaughtered; the young women are being taken away. All that is left are the very young, and the very old, who cannot resist.

This is monstrous evil.

Don’t look away:

Some Yazidis, like Hassan, 22, a student, shake their heads in disbelief when recalling how only foreign Kurdish fighters from Turkey or Syria extended a lifeline in the face of Islamic State.

“They tied the hands of one woman to the back of a car and her legs to another car and they split her into two,” he said beside makeshift tents as women cried.

“Have you seen anything like this? This is all because she is not Muslim and did not want to be converted. We barely made it.”

He nervously greeted his daughter, who had been kidnapped when the Islamic State (Isis) overran the Yazidi city of Sinjar. There was a minute of silence, before he broke down sobbing.

Don’t look away:

“She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10,” Kaliph said, his tears dropping into the brown dust. “What can a father say to that. How can I help? We all feel so useless.”

Kaliph’s daughter, who he did not want to name, had access to a group phone passed around between other girls imprisoned by the Islamic State in Bardoush prison in central Mosul.

All face the imminent prospect of being married off. Or worse, being used by the jihadis as a sex slave.

Don’t look away:

‘All we had were our Kalashnikovs. They executed 300 men, and took the women to their prisons. Only God can save them now.’ Their children, said Mr Solo, were rescued by the family. . .But the women were in a house surrounded by IS. We had to escape. Now, the children cry for their mothers all the time. “Mama, mama,” they wail. But there is no mama, we tell them.’

His comments on the dire situation came as Islamic extremists shot dead scores of Yazidi men, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before seizing their wives and children. . .The militants separated the men from the women and children under 12. They took men and male teens away in groups of a few dozen each and shot them on the edge of the village, according to a wounded man who escaped by feigning death.

The fighters then walked among the bodies, using pistols to finish off anyone who appeared to still be alive, the 42-year-old man said from an area where he was hiding.

‘They thought we were dead, and when they went away, we ran away. We hid in a valley until sundown, and then we fled to the mountains,’ he said.

No one wants war. The pope — contrary to idiotic reports — does not want war.

But monstrous evil must be stopped. And the West has no stomach for it. And it doesn’t possess the language for it, either.

That being the case, we need to prepare spiritually for a great, and seemingly inevitable, battle.

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  • Victor

    ((( “They tied the hands of one woman to the back of a car and her legs to another car and they split her into two,” he said beside makeshift tents as women cried.)))

    All I can say is that good, bad and evil still exist side by side …

    When I reached my 21st birthday, in my so called man hood, I had quietly learned from my dad that you didn’t mess around with any kind of “Evil Mafia” and truth be known, if we stayed out of their business and enough of US (usual sinners) kept on following GOD (Good Old Dad) Ways, there usually was no problems that couldn’t be worked out with these forces if we simply stood our ground in Christian honest check faith…

    Although GOD and His Angels were slow to evolve in anger, in time, even Adam and Eve learned that GOD would prevail in the long run if we simply continued to pray while evil tried to get her, “I” mean together in Faith evil would not take control of our woman and children without a fight…

    What are YA trying to tell US (usual sinners) “I” mean us gods Victor? Are you trying to say that we gods are taking control of your children too early in life from you puppets, “I” mean YA human animals, no, no, “I” meant to say, YA good flesh and bone human being? “Forget Bout “IT” Victor, the alien godly angel cell species are never going to agree to make parents in charge till a child is twenty five cause who’s going to protect these children from their parents and……………………….and…………………………………………………….and…


    Go Figure brothers and sisters nowadays…lol

    God Bless Peace

  • Terrye Cravens

    The horror of it all. How can people just look away?

  • Gordis85

    I truly believe we will suffer an even great persecution than our brethren in the Middle East is suffering. I remain convinced that we will reap what we sow having become indifferent to their plight.

    They are the lucky ones since those already martyred rest now in the bosom of the Lord and they are before His throne interceding for their beloved people be they Christian or Yezidi. The Lord knows their heart and He is all merciful.

    I cannot even begin to imagine what awaits the evil doers in the next life…theirs will not be life as we know it should they die unrepentant. We are called to pray for them but with each reported atrocity, I find it very hard to do.

    May God have mercy on us all in the coming days, months, and years…we are going to need it.

  • John Albertson

    Why don’t our bishops speak out? Too bad this is vacation month in the USA. Every time there is a hurricane we have a special collection. We’ve heard nothing yet to help our dying brothers and sisters in Iraq. The archbishops and patriarch there are pleading for help. Contribute to the Aid of the Church in Need. Meanwhile, Cardinal Dolan should apologize for joking around in that Staten Island mosque and tell the Muslims – including one convert from Catholicism – to “keep the faith.” Perhaps this spiritual war we now are in will produce braver young priests who will become braver bishops in touch with the real world.

  • Erika Marie

    It’s not so much that we can’t stomach it – though I agree we can’t – it’s that we see this monstrous evil and feel completely helpless. What can we do but pray and continue living our lives while praying for all those in this situation?

  • Douglas Pearson

    As far as I can tell the Holy Father is asking for us to discuss this at the U.N. and possibly blow bubbles at ISIS rather than bomb them. If we can get them giggling hard enough they won’t be able to slaughter innocent victims so they will be “stopped”… not “bombed”.

  • Manny

    I agree with you. We have lost our will to fight. This is evil right before our eyes. We have all sorts of literature where we have brave people who endure hardships to destroy evil – knights on quest, hobbits to destroy a ring – and it’s all words on a page if we can’t bring ourselves to fight real evil, not dragons. We need to be in Iraq fighting these demons body and soul.

  • valleys of neptune

    That ISIS are blood-curlingly evil and a fascist regime is undeniable. We can dispute whether this or that measure will help crush them, but not that they should be crushed.

    The thing that is undeniable by any decent person, whatever your view on what western armies should do, is that these unfortunate Yezidi and Christians should be offered asylum in the west, because it isn’t fair that the Kurds should have to support nearly dead people when they are fighting for their own lives and would be poor anyway if they weren’t.

    I am in Britain and it disgusts me that Dave Shameron would rather cater to people who hate immigrants than to do the thing he should be doing. Which the French have done.

  • The_Monk

    Not certain as to the point of this column. Further, the ambiguous comment by the Pope wherein he says it is “licit to stop the unjust aggressor” (even tho he gives no contextual foundation for his comment) does nothing to clarify the situation.

    It seems the official Catholic position should be to simply sit and wring one’s hands….

  • Rob B.

    Because *American Idol* is on… :(

  • Mike

    Where is NATO? Why did we help the Japanese and the Germany but not these ppl? Shame on the West.

  • Mike

    PS Reading this is making me physically sick to my stomach. If we let these little girls get butchered we have not learned anything form WW2.

  • AquinasMan

    I believe the greatest threat to our country is that this odious mentality is being easily exported over social media to aspiring American-born jihadis on our continent. I don’t fear ISIS getting into a boat and invading the East Coast. I fear American youth who can be radicalized into imitating the new darlings of the Internet. The gospel of evil is just a mouse click away.

    I presume the Chaldean community is a lost cause at this point. I don’t want war. But, as Shea pointed out, something needs to be done, and the outcome is only slightly better than doing nothing.

  • The_Monk

    You never answered as to what is the point of this column.

    Is it a request for prayer? In times gone by, at the end of each Mass, the priest would stop on the steps to the altar, and we would pray for the conversion of Russia. Are you requesting a similar heavenly plea (something for which I strongly advocate, btw)? That would be something positive.

    Are you suggesting more involvement militarily? The wisest (imho) advocates for such action point out that the west can supply the Kurds, and support them with intelligence. The Kurds have a dog in the fight (one might say they have an entire pack of dogs in the fight), and are both motivated and effectively active in their opposition to the diabolical forces that constitute ISIS. That would be something positive.

    For what are you calling? Be clear in your communication, please.Thank you …

  • Rob B.

    Sadly, the days of crusading are over. That’s what happens when centralized governments control all the means of effective warfare.

  • mollysdad

    I suspect that the problem is this. We cannot bring ourselves to see ISIS as a manifestation of the ancient enemy Amalek (Exodus 17; Psalms 83; 1 Samuel 15), the irreconcilable enemy of the people of God, remorselessly committed to blotting out the remembrance of the name of Israel under heaven.

    We cannot come to terms with the proposition that our gentle and merciful Lord Jesus Christ is also the Lord of Hosts, whose power to order Amalek to his death is real and which is being exercised here and now.

    We are unaccustomed to the practice of holy war, which is the business of the civil authorities whose armed forces must be at the Lord’s disposal for the total destruction of the enemy.

    We are terrified by the possibility that Our Lord, who has all sovereign right over human life and over the nations’ nuclear arsenals, might command their use.

  • Theodore Seeber

    ““She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10,” Kaliph said, his tears dropping into the brown dust. “What can a father say to that. How can I help? We all feel so useless.””

    What I would do? Spend the $10. Yes the slave trade is wrong, but what a price for freedom!

  • Rob B.

    Sadly, we can’t expect the American people to get too worked up about this. After all, we allow the unborn to be butchered in a similar fashion in our own cities and towns. :(

  • Rob B.

    Come on, Manny. You can’t judge ISIS by its actions. After all, morality is relative…


  • mollysdad

    The days of crusading might be over, but the law by which Christ commands the nations to close with and destroy the Amalekites is still on the statute book, and it’s engaged here and now.

  • Mike

    It’s all horrific…when the Anchor. wrote “don’t look away” i thought Rem Acu Tetugisti indeed.

  • Maccabeus

    The U.S. Bishops are speaking out. They called for a day of prayer and fasting last Sunday for this very purpose. I am sure there will be more. Our pastor preached a powerful sermon about the this “monstrous evil” two Sundays ago.

  • irena mangone

    Do you think The Holy Father wants the UN to get its member countries to join forces and then attack the enemy that way it won’t be just one country doing the heavy lifting as the Australian prime minister likes to say

  • I_M_Forman

    The Assyrians and Persians swept away Israel not because those nations were favored by God, but because Israel needed to be purged its of loss of fidelity to God. Suffering has shown itself to be redemptive in revelation history. I fear that the West may have to find itself in the same purging furnace as well. When Pope Benedict warned us we were entering a new Dark Age because of our loss of Faith who would have anticipated barbarians at the gates? Sadly, it is only by looking back do people realize when a prophecy is being fulfilled.

  • Gordis85

    Not all is lost! There are brave though scare and barely hanging on, pockets of resistance. This little story I happen to come upon and share with all of you:

    Elderly Iraqi Christians defy ISIS, flee to camp

    My favorite paragraph:

    Mansour said Ghazala told her that on Aug. 16, the terrorists assembled the group “and told them either to convert or to be killed by sword.”
    “Ghazala told me that all the people told the terrorists that ‘we prefer to be killed rather than convert,’ ” Mansour said. She said Ghazala added that members of the group scolded the terrorists for ignoring Islamic sacred texts that forbade forced conversions of non-Muslims.
    Mansour said the elderly told the militants that the Islamic State had nothing to gain from the conversion of a group of sick, disabled and elderly people.
    “When ISIS heard that they told the people to leave Karamless immediately, without taking anything, to leave with only with the clothes they were wearing,” she said.”

    God bless these brave elderly folk. The grace to scold those terrorists made me smile.