Video: What it’s like to live through an ISIS massacre

posted at 8:01 pm on September 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

My first thought after watching this was that it’s too implausible to be true. How does a man survive being shot at from point-blank range by ISIS einsatzgruppen? But then I thought, what incentive does he have to lie? He’s not accusing ISIS of some secret massacre that’ll shame the group in the eyes of the world. They filmed it. They want people to know. That’s one of the most arresting differences between this group of Nazi savages and the original model. If anything, this guy’s putting a target on his back by advertising himself as the one who got away. And the Times claims, for what it’s worth, that they’ve independently verified his story.

At Slate, William Saletan says paying attention to ISIS’s non-American victims is one of the finest tributes one can pay to James Foley and Steven Sotloff:

The Foley and Sotloff videos are propaganda. Their message is to get out of ISIS’s way. “Your military Air Force is attacking us daily in Iraq,” says the killer in the Foley video. U.S. meddling, he warns, “will result in the bloodshed of your people.” In the Sotloff video, he threatens, “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

What would happen if we got out of ISIS’s way? The same thing that was happening before we intervened: mass murder and ethnic cleansing. Instead of watching the Sotloff video, let’s look at the long list of ISIS atrocities cataloged this week…

Don’t watch them. Go read about the dead boys, the raped girls, and the captive villagers gunned down for refusing to renounce their faith. Those are the people who die every day at the hands of ISIS. They’re the people whose countrymen we can still save, as we did on Mount Sinjar and in Amerli, by defying the message in the videos. Foley and Sotloff risked their lives, and ultimately gave them, to tell the world about these people. Don’t let it be in vain.

This is certainly true:

Even the left’s favorite progressive sounds like John McCain now on the subject of ISIS. Two videos here, one of the eyewitness to the massacre and the other, via BuzzFeed, of a State Department social-media propaganda effort aimed at dissuading would-be jihadis from joining ISIS. That clip is short but revealing in how it focuses entirely on the group’s attacks on other Muslims (while carefully avoiding mentioning any sects), omitting its slaughter of Christians and Yazidis. That’s cynical but probably wise: If you’re the sort of person who’s thinking of fighting for the “caliphate,” you’re not shedding tears for dead infidels, whatever the cause. Only the ummah matters. Exit question: In a few years, after the Shiites start to overrun ISIS, the Times is destined to post a similar video from a Sunni who survived a Shiite death squad, isn’t it? It’s the Middle East’s cycle of “life.”



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Just remember, Obama doesn’t want to defeat these savages. Just ‘manage’ them. You know, a little rape and murder is a-ok (hey, ask Ted Kennedy and Roman Polanski), but not even the normal leftists can stomach this.

Except Obama, who doesn’t even want to fight them.

Vanceone on September 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Savages.

Bitter Clinger on September 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

It’s the Middle East’s cycle of “life.”

Could also read.

It’s the Middle East’s cycle of “death.”

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

i didn’t want to see that picture!! i wish you could have chosen some other picture. i dislike when this site puts disturbing pictures on the front page.

Sachiko on September 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Well I would suppose pretty much the same as living through any Muslim massacre, including far bigger ones, like the Turkish genocide of Armenian Christians, by no means the largest massacre by Muslims, throughout the last 1,400 years.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

It’s the Middle East’s cycle of “life.”

Could also read.

It’s the Middle East’s cycle of “death.”

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

We’ll be right back…..

V7_Sport on September 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

How does a man survive being shot at from point-blank range by ISIS einsatzgruppen?

They are not einsatzgruppen. They are Muslims. They are followers of the Koran. They are Sons of Mohammad doing what he commanded and what he personally did himself, over and over and over again.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

If the entire region were depopulated and turned into an oil/mineral resource field, the death toll from that strike would be less than only 100 years of letting them kill each other.

It’s that freaking savage.

LawfulGood on September 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

It’s been known to happen when you’re engaged on mass killings. Bound to be one or two who fake death.

rbj on September 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

The French did something similar in Algeria. They even beheaded people there too. Yes our civilized Frenchmen were downright barbaric.

Savagery is not a Middle East invention. It is a human problem. I hate IS with all my being, but I will not go along with the idea that their brutality is only endemic to Muslims. That would be a lie. The French, the Spanish all did their share of unspeakable horror before the invention of the Internet.

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

New Video: U.S. Airstrike Takes Out Building Full Of ISIS Fighters…

More please!

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

“28 Aug Strike on ISIL technical vehicle parked in a detached shed”.

One pickup truck in a shed?

Why even bother?

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Savagery is not a Middle East invention. It is a human problem. I hate IS with all my being, but I will not go along with the idea that their brutality is only endemic to Muslims. That would be a lie. The French, the Spanish all did their share of unspeakable horror before the invention of the Internet.

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Your math leaves much to be desired and the French and Spanish haven’t gone 1,400 years running up their count. With Muslims it is endemic all right. Others pale in contrast.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Why even bother?

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM

They didn’t want to return with ordnance?

cozmo on September 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

How does a man survive being shot at from point-blank range by ISIS einsatzgruppen?

Part of the 1st SS Panzer Division, not Einsatzgruppen, but see the Malmédy Massacre. Five members of American 285th FAOB, who didn’t escape the shooting, played dead.

5 Americans played dead.
43 escaped the massacre.
84 were murdered.

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

cozmo on September 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Excellent point.

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

It’s Islam

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Allah, most bullets don’t hit their intended target, especially from automatic weapons.

UnstChem on September 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

How does a man survive being shot at from point-blank range by ISIS einsatzgruppen?

They are not einsatzgruppen. They are Muslims. They are followers of the Koran. They are Sons of Mohammad doing what he commanded and what he personally did himself, over and over and over again.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

You have to cut AllahPundit some slack: in The West these days (see Rotherham), only white males can be considered candidates for hatred and being called evil.

AP’s just trying to bridge that gap a smidgeon …

ShainS on September 4, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Savagery is not a Middle East invention. It is a human problem. I hate IS with all my being, but I will not go along with the idea that their brutality is only endemic to Muslims. That would be a lie. The French, the Spanish all did their share of unspeakable horror before the invention of the Internet.

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

And the French and Spanish are doing this now? I didn’t know that. And I suspect you’re going to tell me the Christians are still up to their old trick, all that inquisitions stuff.

Hey I know for a fact that scientist have found Neanderthals with head wounds that indicate they were bludgeon to death.

How does any of this relate to the current crop of radicals that are beheading and mass killing people?

Are you actually mentally ill?

Walter L. Newton on September 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

How does a man survive being shot at from point-blank range by ISIS einsatzgruppen?

Part of the 1st SS Panzer Division, not Einsatzgruppen, but see the Malmédy Massacre. Five members of American 285th FAOB, who didn’t escape the shooting, played dead.

5 Americans played dead.
43 escaped the massacre.
84 were murdered.

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I’m looking at an article about my uncle from WWII (With the 43rd Infantry Division on Luzon [Delayed] AP). My uncle “played possum” for the better part of a day and night, even getting kicked in the ribs by (from the newspaper) “a Nip.” Three times Japanese soldiers passed by him and looked him over. He had taken off his watch, ring and other valuables and hid them. They rifled through his pack taking his rations. He then crawled 5 miles before getting back to the American front.

It’s possible to play dead when your life is at stake.

Fallon on September 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Freaking barbaric savages. They are making their false prophet proud though. Oh wait. He has no idea about it because he is burning in hell for all of eternity!!!

sadsushi on September 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Right now, in the world today, it’s a Muslim problem. Read up on it, so you don’t look like a typical liberal who is so open-minded that their brains fall out.

Fallon on September 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Are you actually mentally ill?

Walter L. Newton on September 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

His mental illness is similar to that of a rebellious toddler’s attitude, and both are instantly cured in a remarkably similar manner, with the exception of a painful instrument being applied across the back instead of the backside.

LawfulGood on September 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Those ISIS fellows will make fine neighbors after they walk across our Southern border and are granted amnesty (by the stroke of a pen).

Ruckus_Tom on September 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

An old phrase that includes “and let God sort them out” comes to mind.

Midas on September 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

As a tournament bridge player, I have friends from all over the world. Some are Muslim – and they are utterly nothing at all like these monsters.

Please do not tar millions of people with the evil that emanates from those who do unspeakable acts like this.

My heart goes out to all the innocents who are suffering and being murdered from their hands. I don’t know the answers; I only know that those who commit these acts are beasts.

And somehow – need to be stopped.

pbundy on September 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

New Video: U.S. Airstrike Takes Out Building Full Of ISIS Fighters…

More please!

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

“28 Aug Strike on ISIL technical vehicle parked in a detached shed”.

One pickup truck in a shed?

Why even bother?

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM

These videos are too show that Obama is “doing something”…..

But sending in a $70,000 hellfire missile to blow up one truck is just stupid….

redguy on September 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Your math leaves much to be desired and the French and Spanish haven’t gone 1,400 years running up their count. With Muslims it is endemic all right. Others pale in contrast.

VorDaj on September 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

lol, How do you try to reason with people like cr? I mean I do as well. Must be the masochist in us. I’m just grateful I won’t have to deal with her this winter at family get to gethers. She would be eating out on the porch. If she looked in the window all cold and shit, I would just pull down the blinds.

arnold ziffel on September 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

But sending in a $70,000 hellfire missile to blow up one truck is just stupid….

redguy on September 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

When Obamacare is costing Trillions, it’s a public housing bargain.

UnstChem on September 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I had trouble with the video Allah’ had linked to, but the NYTimes had the same video at youtube, here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1Eqe5s1rmY

That one worked fine.

listens2glenn on September 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Well I would suppose pretty much the same as living through any Muslim massacre, including far bigger ones, like the Turkish genocide of Armenian Christians, by no means the largest massacre by Muslims, throughout the last 1,400 years.

To Vordaj: those “religion of peace” Muslims, the Young Turks, slaughtered nearly 2 million Armenians. What greater number than that have they put to death in the “religion of peace” mode? That’s a pretty startling number, if you ask me. And that occurred in about one year’s time: 1915.

chai on September 4, 2014 at 10:11 PM

The French did something similar in Algeria. They even beheaded people there too. Yes our civilized Frenchmen were downright barbaric.

Savagery is not a Middle East invention. It is a human problem. I hate IS with all my being, but I will not go along with the idea that their brutality is only endemic to Muslims. That would be a lie. The French, the Spanish all did their share of unspeakable horror before the invention of the Internet.

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Instead of just posting a random picture, you could link an article about it.

RickB on September 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The French did something similar in Algeria. They even beheaded people there too. Yes our civilized Frenchmen were downright barbaric.

Savagery is not a Middle East invention. It is a human problem. I hate IS with all my being, but I will not go along with the idea that their brutality is only endemic to Muslims. That would be a lie. The French, the Spanish all did their share of unspeakable horror before the invention of the Internet.

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Yeah, ok. But it is only the tenets of YOUR CULTURE that you can appeal to in order to condemn the unspeakables.

Tell me what you can appeal to in THEIR CULTURE in order to condemn their atrocities?

Cleombrotus on September 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Are you actually mentally ill?

Walter L. Newton on September 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Of course the troll is mentally ill.

No sane person would do what this troll does on a regular basis unless they were being compensated. The troll does it for free. That takes a certain level of emotional and mental deficiency.

CurtZHP on September 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM

ISIS…brought to you by barrack h obama. mmm mmm mmm

crosshugger on September 5, 2014 at 8:47 AM

It’s a traitor, not a troll.

Bmore on September 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Mass killings, rape and torture still not on the same level as putting underwear on their heads for a group photo for those in the lsm who hate our military. Their leader Big Daddy went back to Syria before the droning began and how did he know our dear leader wouldn’t bomb there? Something fishy is going on.

Kissmygrits on September 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM