In the aftermath of the Allied liberation of Germany in 1945, American and British troops bussed ten of thousands of German citizens to the concentration camps, forcing them to view the vast piles of dead, emaciated bodies that were the result of the Nazi’s quest for a racially pure Third Reich. Many of the Germans admitted they had seen the “death trains” loaded with Jews, Gypsies and Catholics as they rolled past their towns, only to return empty a few hours later. Almost all of the forcibly bussed Germans thought the stories of mass killing and industrial crematoria running twenty-four hours day were too fantastic to believe.
From theaustralian.com, July 25th, 2014, the headline reads:
JIHADISTS in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said last night.
The first four paragraphs are as follows:
The UN’s second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers.”
The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), took over large swathes of the country last month and has begun imposing its extreme Salafist interpretation of Islam.
Ms Badcock said that if you took UN population figures as a guide, around “four million girls and women could be affected”.
Female genital mutilation is unusual in Iraq and is only practised in “isolated pockets of the country”, she added. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 2012 calling all member states to ban the practice.
Let us contrast The Australian coverage to that of New York Times headline and it’s first four paragraphs.
From nytimes.com, July 25th, 2014, the headline reads:
Iraq Picks New President to Confront Militant Threat
The New York Times first four paragraphs are as follows:
BAGHDAD — Trying to piece together a new government to confront a Sunni militant offensive and growing internal strains, Iraqi leaders on Thursday selected a well-regarded Kurdish politician to be the country’s new president.
Though the post is largely ceremonial, Iraqi officials said the choice was a vital step to try to ease the growing distrust between the country’s northern Kurdish population and the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad and present a more united front against the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
Yet even as the government is trying to rally, the Sunni militants are consolidating their grip over a broadening portion of the map. Along with the nuts and bolts of traditional governance, like paving neglected roads, ISIS is also employing violence and intimidation in the quest to create a hard-line Islamist caliphate.
On Thursday, militants destroyed a shrine in Mosul that was said to be the tomb of the prophet Jonah, and there have been increasing reports of public executions. Reports also surfaced of an edict ordering women and girls to undergo genital mutilation in ISIS-held territory, though some Mosul residents said they had seen no evidence it was being enforced, and some militant-affiliated social media accounts denied it
Ah yes, “some militant-affiliated social media denied it.” Who might that be?
Well, the Soros-paid bloggers at Think Progress are among many hard left progressive sites that have tried to discredit or downplay the story. Also the BBC and Slate are also attempting to muddy the waters.
But honestly, this story couldn’t become reality in the 21st century? Four million girls and women, screaming and sobbing, stripped, tied down, cut and mutilated, all to support the literal teachings of Islam?
No, this is too fantastic a story for a rational person to believe.
Or you could ask any of the eleven million souls that perished in Nazi death camps what they think of this preview of hell.
Written by: Lee DeCovnick.