Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can’t focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind.
Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die.
The refugees sit idle in camps in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.
Traumatized by Islamic State militants notorious for beheadings and mass executions, they have simply given up on Iraq and want to go as far away as possible; to countries like Germany, worlds away from their mysterious customs.
In considering the horrors described here, please remember that the perpetrators of this violence consider it their religious duty to do so. We aren’t going to successfully negotiate with them nor are we going to be able to reach some kind of accommodation.
Their ultimate goal is to spread the good news of their message throughout first: the entire Islamic world, second: areas that were formerly Islamic but which have been lost (e.g., the Balkans, Spain), and then over the entire world. Also remember that while these folks only had a few hundred followers a couple of years ago, the number of mujahideen they have now is numbered in the tens of thousands. As they expand, they will continue to recruit more and more soldiers.
Do not underestimate these people. I’m not saying “be terrified.”
But don’t blow them off as the “jayvee team”