August 18, 2007

About Michael Yon's Report -- Somewhat Belated

Thanks to Joel I was made aware that there is another report about one of those hard-to-believe atrocities the media (and not even just the mainstream media) seems to shun. I had covered one of those cases in April on the strength of Robert Spencer's (who had reported it first) authority, but made my readers later aware that the only source was taken down from the website.

Robert Spencer took his blog entry down as well, although, so he said, he trusted the source.

Now Michael Yon, an independent and respected war reporter and former Green Beret, covers the discovery of mass graves filled with decapitated male children outside of Baqubah at his blog.
Speaking through an American interpreter, Lieutenant David Wallach who is a native Arabic speaker, the Iraqi official related how al Qaeda united these gangs who then became absorbed into “al Qaeda.” They recruited boys born during the years 1991, 92 and 93 who were each given weapons, including pistols, a bicycle and a phone (with phone cards paid) and a salary of $100 per month, all courtesy of al Qaeda. These boys were used for kidnapping, torturing and murdering people.

At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al Qaeda directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the man’s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, “What did he say?” Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family.
Soon after it appeared, I sent this to several German Islam-critical co-bloggers and writers and asked what they think of such a bit of news. I got not a single reply.

Why do those who otherwise freely write about so-called honour-killings, rape of Western girls by Muslim men, efforts to gain supremacy by building grotesquely inflated mosques in our cities and other shows of contempt towards our Western culture obviously stop here? A Google search with the terms "Michael Yon" Baqubah boy clocks up 19,300 hits, none of the first 50, after which I stopped looking, from the mainstream media, although, regarding their history of falling for canards and sloppy research, I wish the unavoidable WND had missed it as well.

Why is that? Does human nature as we know it, i.e. the average mind of a Westerner, not allow for the comprehension of such an atrocity? Can only pure evil understand something so stunningly depraved? Haven't the pictures from the liberated death camps in Germany and Poland taught us once and for all to what depravity human nature can be up? Even granted that was forgotten some time ago, has it been forgotten, too, already that Al Qaeda somewhat routinely cut off the heads of living human beings while chanting praise of their god -- and immortalising it all on video? Is it cowardice and political correctness even from those who usually do not shun open criticism of Islam and who would be horrified at the thought of being politically correct? Does the courage stop here?

But nobody stood up and called Michael Yon a liar either. (And if, I missed it.)

As the sage from Texas put it in a different context: "I've been reading Rudyard Kipling all my life. Nothing muslims do ever surprises me. It merely disgusts me."

I wish I could say she is wrong.