Here we are on the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States, where families gather together to give thanks that we should live in such a nation of liberty, freedom and great plenty.
It is heartbreaking at such a time of year to have to report this, but here we go. This is the world in which we now live.
Meet 17-year-old Samra Kesinovic. This beautiful young woman of Bosnian origin lived in Vienna. But the life of a typical European teen was not for her. Samra and her 15-year-old friend Sabina Selimovic sought a life of adventure and daring. They wanted to join ISIS.
The Daily Mail says, “they first went to the Turkish capital Ankara by plane, and then on into the southern Turkish region of Adana. After that, their tracks were lost. Speaking by SMS messages to French weekly Paris Match, Sabina said after arriving to Turkey from Austria they crossed over the border into Syria on foot. They ended up in the city of Raqqa, she said, after arriving in the country with nothing other than the clothes they were wearing.”
Both girls apparently married ISIS fighters shortly after.
But at some point, Samra apparently decided this life was not for her, and attempted to flee. It was the last daring decision she would ever make. Austrian newspapers report that Samra was beaten to death for attempting to leave Raqqa,
Her friend Sabina is still alive – for now –and through her SMS conversation “denied claims she was pregnant and insisted she was enjoying life in Syria, where she felt free to practice her religion in a way that she did not in Austria.
The magazine did manage to confirm the teenager had only been allowed to speak to them with the permission of her husband, who was in the room as she wrote her answers.
Sabina said her husband was a soldier and added: ‘Here I can really be free. I can practice my religion. I couldn’t do that in Vienna.’
As many as 130 people from Austria are now believed to be fighting as jihadists abroad. Experts say at least half of them originally come from the Caucasus region of Russia and were granted asylum in Austria after the bloody Chechen war.
Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits said they were noticing an increasing problem with youngsters wanting to leave the country to fight in the ranks of ISIS.
He said: ‘If we can catch them before they leave we have the chance to work with their parents and other institutions to bring the youngsters out of the sphere of influence that prompted them to act in this way the first place.
‘Once they have left the country, even if they then changed their minds, it is then almost impossible to get them back.'”
It is a death sentence one way or the other. The ISIS recruiters are superb marketers, preying on young rebellious minds. If it’s not killing innocents on the streets of Paris, it’s poisoning the thoughts of beautiful young women, only to lure them to their deaths.
It is ugly and terrible, and very, very sad.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]