Musings From the Bench 10/20 Edition

musings from the bench-2I’d like to start this week’s column with a disclaimer like the ones for infomercials or debates. The views of the author are hers alone and do not reflect the views of, the other writers at, or any members of her family.. I am solely responsible for the content of this post so if it offends you, well, walk it off. If it were written on paper you could line a birdcage with it or wrap fish in it or pick up your dog’s poop with it, doesn’t matter to me. The thing that does matter to me is that I write it down to get it off my chest.

I’ve written about all kinds of bullies until I’m not sure bully means the same thing anymore. When I was a student a bully was someone who threatened to beat you up if you didn’t hand over your lunch money or do his homework for him. When my kids were students a bully was someone who added shoving you out of his way or pushing you into the wall. Nowadays a bully is someone who does all that and adds cyber attacks and more. And let’s face it, students getting bullied are the ones getting into trouble not the bullies. But this time the whole world is involved with fighting the latest group of bullies. They are called ISIS or ISIL or just Islamic State for short.

I call them bullies because they operate on the same premise. Intimidate someone to the point where they will do anything you say just so you’ll leave them alone. “Join us or you will be killed” to be precise. But unlike most bullies these guys have a clear agenda. To go back to the ancient past… Islamic caliphate and not just for the Muslim World, for the entire world.

According to Sheikh  Isma’il al-Wahwah, known as Abu Anas in the Islamic community,sheikh ismail al-wahwah and spiritual leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia ‘capitalism has stopped leading the world and the world deserves ‘a new world order’ and Muslims are ready to make sacrifices to achieve it.’   This wing nut supports revolution to overthrow non-Muslim countries or regimes backed by the west. He supports no alcohol, strict enforcement of Islamic dress for Muslims and non-Muslims and wants Arabic to be the world’s only language. The whole thing would be laughable if not for his association with IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who now goes by the name Al-Kalifah Ibrahim. This is the guy who makes Hitler look like a boy scout.

When I say these guys want to take the world back to the far past I’m talking about the time before Christianity existed and the Muslim world was the world. A time when once you vanquished your enemy you enslaved the survivors and the women and children were considered spoils of war. IS has already accomplished this when they overran the villages of the minority Yazidi sect in northwestern Iraq.

In its online magazine, Dabiq, they state, “After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations, after one fifth of the slaves were transferred to the Islamic State’s authority to be divided as khums.” <khums is a traditional tax on spoils of war>

According to Human Rights Watch, IS is holding hundreds of Yazidis captive in both Iraq and Syria separating young women and teenage girls from their families and forcing them into marriage with IS fighters. One of the captives, fifteen-year old Rewshe escaped IS captivity and recounted to Human Rights Watch what happened to her.

‘Islamic State fighters transported her with about 200 Yaziidi women and girls on a convoy of four buses to Raqqa, their de facto capital in Syria. An Islamic State commander sold her and her 14-year old sister to a fighter, who told her with pride that he had paid $1,000 for her. The fighter sold her sister to another fighter. Rewshe escaped through an unlocked door while the man who bought her slept. She was recaptured and sold to another but with the help of her new owner’s housemaid, the man was killed and she was able to escape and make her way back home. She has no idea what has become of her14-year old sister.’

To get back to Dabiq, the IS online magazine and the reason I say the IS leaders want to establish Islam worldwide is the picture on the cover. The obelisk which stands in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City has had the cross removed and the Islamic State’s black flag in its place instead. magazine-dabiq

It seems clear to me that conventional weaponry will not defeat IS and I’d hate to see anyone choose the nuclear option, but we do have a very Biblical solution at our fingertips  We don’t have Moses to call down a plague, but we do have a plague and I say we use it. Let’s see how zealously IS fights after being exposed to Ebola.

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As I said, these views are mine alone and do not reflect on anyone else. 


Thanks for reading Musings From the Bench 10/20 Edition. Hope you’ll be back to read next week’s edition.

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About Jane Gray 58 Articles
Born in the '50s, grew up in the '60s, got married in the '70s. Gave birth in the '80s and started collecting social security in 2013. My time is my own and I don't mind sharing my opinions on everything with everybody. I hate injustice, the truth is easier to remember than a lie. I like the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the New York Mets, and that English futbol team from Liverpool.

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