Children and Islamic State

The “militants” of Islamic State are covering themselves with glory as usual. The New York Times reports that among their current hobbies they like to bury children alive.

Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

In other words they’re being used as tools, machines, insensate objects. That’s what Allah wants, is it?

“We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities,” committee expert Renate Winter told a news briefing. “The scope of the problem is huge.”

Children from the Yazidi sect or Christian communities, but also Shi’ites and Sunnis, have been victims, she said.

“We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding,” Winter told Reuters.

Does God hate children? Does God hate children who are mentally challenged? Does God hate Yazidi and Christian and Shi’ite and Sunni children? Does God hate everyone except Islamic State “militants”?

According to a UN report,

ISIL has committed “systematic sexual violence”, including “the abduction and sexual enslavement of children”, it said.

“Children of minorities have been captured in many places… sold in the market place with tags, price tags on them, they have been sold as slaves,” Winter said, giving no details.

Apparently God  hates minorities.



  1. johnthedrunkard says

    The Saudis did not even make a PR gesture of banning slavery until 1963. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania ‘banned; slavery in 1981, the LAST nation on earth.
    ‘SOS Slavery’ estimates that 20% of the current Mauritanian population are slaves.

    Standard ‘enlightened toleration’ for Islam.

  2. M'thew says

    According to the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, German jihadists that have returned from a stay in IS occupied territory report that internally the atmosphere is also less than welcoming: recruits from abroad have to hand in their passport and mobile phones, or they risk being executed themselves. Upon arrival, the recruits are first interviewed and asked whether they want to fight or be suicide bombers. The latter group is pampered; the first, not so. Part of the initiation into the ranks can consist of beheading someone, to prove that the recruit is serious in his intent. Overall, there seems to be a level of distrust and paranoia that may, at some point in time, lead to fracturing and implosion of the movement. One wonders how many lives will be lost before IS reduces itself to insignificance.

    I could not find an English version of this account; for those who can read German or are willing to put up with a Google Translate version, the original version is here.

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