August 14, 2014
"Peaceful" Muslims Joined ISIS Slaughter Of Yazidis
'First the ISIS came for the Yazidis, and I did not speak out. I joined them.'
Jamal Jamir, a 23-year-old university student from Sinjar, told CNN his family fled to the barren and windswept Mount Sinjar more than a week ago after ISIS captured their town. The group, which calls itself the Islamic State, has been on a rampage, killing members of various minorities, including Yazidis.
Jamir said after ISIS arrived in his town, Arab neighbors of his turned on the minorities and helped ISIS kill. "They join them, and actually they kill us."
"People you know?" CNN asked.
"Yes," he responded. "People -- our neighbors!"
In 1941, the Nazis began rounding up Jews and other minorities for mass executions. Most German people sat idly by and did nothing. They did not speak out, but they also did not join in committing the atrocities.
With ISIS, we are seeing other Muslims (not Arabs, as CNN so innocently puts it) joining the group, many from other countries around the world. We are seeing large groups of Muslims (and some non-Muslims) cheering and showing support to ISIS.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But if history has taught us anything it is that, whatever we have endured in the past, the worst is yet to come.