ISIS Fangirls

A couple of days ago three “straight A” teenage girls, two 15 and a 16 year old, in the U.K. boarded a plane at Gatwick and headed off to Turkey, indicating that they were on their way to Syria to join ISIS.

This has set off a round of breast beating among British liberals. How could this happen? Who is to blame?

Meanwhile British anti-terrorist squads and Turkish police are combing the Syrian border areas trying to save the young darlings.

All three girls left their homes at 8am on February 17 and met at Gatwick Airport, where they boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul.

Nice. ISIS fan girls.

We can always blame Twitter.  One of the girls had over 90 Twitter connections with terrorist groups.  Twitter helped these girls connect with other gleeful fans of snuff-video beheading, cage-burning and the hobby sport of hurling gay men to their deaths from towers. Let’s blame Twitter.

“Some people must be wondering if the parents are to blame. They appeared on TV this week, some clutching teddy bears belonging to their little blossoms, presenting them as easily confused delicate ingenues. This differed, to my mind, from the cool-headed, elegantly pulled together, determined young women I’d watched the footage of on CCTV. Not silly kids wagging off school, but calm, considered, A-grade students who have researched their trip, found hundreds of pounds in funds, booked flights and headed towards earth’s closest vision of actual hell.”

The families are adamant that there were no signs that their daughters were plotting. Two of the fathers interviewed on British T.V. were holding the teddy bears of their little girls. One would like to ask what exactly was the turning point which drove the three teen-babies to rush off to join the killers in such a hurry that they forgot their stuffed toys. My mom and her KGB friends knew what I was doing at 15 before I did.

Of course, there’s a strong case to be made that fleeing abroad in search of Isis is simply a severe case of teen rebellion. I guess when they come home from a couple of years of aiding and abetting murder all will be forgiven? I wore a leather jacket like Marlon Brando and combed my hair like Elvis. And we thought we were bad.

“If the sight of gay men plummeting to their deaths excited you so much that you went and spent five years aiding and abetting the homophobic carnage, forgive me, but I don’t want to come across you in Bethnal Green Tesco Metro. I can’t imagine that time spent hanging out with horror-movie ghouls who hate Britain, gays, democracy, the rights of women and religious freedom will have done much good for your personal development.” So says Grace Dent, writing in the Independent.

So what is ISIS offering to entice these silly little girls? I mean, was it the beheadings? The crucifixion of Christians in Raqqa? The reports from Kobani of raped and mutilated six year old female corpses in the streets? The image of a submissive Jihadi bride to a big, strong executioner boy friend?

I recently read an in-depth coherent article on what ISIS is and what it offers some:

While in the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as “not Islamic” and as al-Qaeda’s “jayvee team”, author Graeme Wood argues that, on the contrary,  ISIS is not only Islamic, it is very Islamic – in the most medieval tradition. Failure to understand the differences between Al-Qaeda and ISIS will lead to serious strategic errors by the United States in combating ISIS.

Think Christians who not only believe, take every word literally but then implement every word – from stoning for adultery to keeping slaves to killing idolaters while preparing for the Apocalypse.

“If al-Qaeda wanted to revive slavery, it never said so. And why would it? Silence on slavery probably reflected strategic thinking, with public sympathies in mind: when the Islamic State began enslaving people, even some of its supporters balked.

Nonetheless, the caliphate has continued to embrace slavery and crucifixion without apology. “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women,” Adnani, the spokesman, promised in one of his periodic valentines to the West. “If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.”

Awaiting the Army of Rome.  Carefully chosen words indeed.

So as Grace Dent said in the Independent: “I’d go as far as to say you shouldn’t be allowed back into the country ever, when surely there are dozens of other bloodier, more depressing places that suit your lifestyle choice better. However, I’ve asked my liberal friends what we should do and they all wring their hands and say after some mumbling, “Nothing.”

So give me a call when you’re bored with all the stoning, crucifying and beheading. I’ll meet you at Heathrow Arrivals with your teddy.”

And these folks haven’t had their pasports revoked yet.  You know.

Like Ed Snowden.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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10 Responses to ISIS Fangirls

  1. Hey Toritto, I am about to reblog this, if you don’t mind. Great post!


  2. Reblogged this on My Blog News And Blues Reviews and commented:
    Here is another gread read from Toritto. I stole it, and he can’t have it back!


  3. jmsabbagh says:

    These 3 teenager girls will become breeding fields to raise babies for ISIS army from hell. They Will never shower again and they will sleep on bear floor for the love of Jihadism and ISLAMIC PARADISE . They parents are 100 % loyal to Islam to raise such girls. The recruiting masters in European Mosques are very busy . Great post.


  4. I have a somewhat different take on the appeal of the Islamic State after hearing a talk by Loretta Napoleoni, author of the Islamist Phoenix: the Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East.

    She sees a parallel between IS recalling members of the Islamic diaspora (who are treated like shit in the US and Europe) to a Middle Eastern state – and efforts by Zionists to recall the Jewish diaspora to Israel. The dream of an Islamic state is an extremely old one.

    She also reminds us that IS is a state – they collect taxes, run courts and administer local government. They’re also doing a damned fine job of getting the electricity and water running in Iraq (unlike the US occupation).

    These aren’t just a bunch of jihadists running around cutting off peoples’ heads, no matter how hard Obama and the corporate media try to convince us they are. They have built a self-sufficient state in the area or Syria and Iraq they control. If the US and they’re NATO allies think they can drive them up, I think they’re really badly mistaken because they have a lot of popular support.


    • toritto says:

      Hi Doc – I’m afraid we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

      I have criticized the division of Arab lands and tribes via the Sykes-Picot Treaty after World War I. It was drawn up by the colonial powers Britain and France in order to maintain their influence in former Ottoman territories. See:

      On the other hand I have a problem being an apologist for a “country” which supports slavery, crucifies Christians because they are “Polytheists” and stones women for adultery.

      If fundamentalist Christians or Jews decided to implement every word of the bible in a theocracy and did the same, there would undoubtedly be great pounding of every liberal’s breast. How can one support multi-culturalism in one’s own country and not be critical of a “country” which is not only a theocracy but a most medieval one at that, where any dissent is punished by hideous death?

      I think Saudi Arabia is bad enough and that they are our “allies” and beyond criticism is shameful. I am still working with Amnesty International to free the young Saudi blogger from his floggings and jail sentence. It is a country in which carrying a bible into the countryi brings a death sentence. Yet for ISIS, Saudi Arabia is not Muslim enough.

      ISIS, with the murder of journalists, an aid worker and the burning of a prisoner of war is beyond the pale. Throwing gay men to their deaths is not even publicized. Notwithstanding legitimate grievances regarding colonial borders, such behavior cannot be overlooked by turning a blind eye. Killing anyone they can get their hands on who is not the most conservative of Sunni Muslim is ethnic cleansing, plain and simple. They don’t even want to see anyone who might disagree with them. Didn’t the world criticize Srebrenica? Regards as always.


      • I sure have a very different take on Napoleoni’s presentation than you do. In fact, I’m really surprised you see her as an Islamic State apologist. I think she’s merely trying to explain the appeal of the Islamic State for young Muslims from western countries, especially those subject to constant racist abuse and even harassment by British and US intelligence. And make the strong point that military action and continued persecution of young Muslims is clearly the wrong answer.

        The case of Jihadi John, who was formally identified today, is a case in point. Here was a “beautiful young man” who was systematically harassed by British intelligence for refusing to inform for them:

        Check out the video interview with Asim Qureshi of the human rights group Cage describes Mohammed Emwazi as a “beautiful young man.”

        What I hear Napoleoni and Cage saying is when we systematically treat Islamic youth as if they are outsiders and don’t belong, they will feel a strong yearning for some place where they do belong. When confronted with the growing list of British and US war crimes and crimes against humanity, I think it’s understandable they have difficulty appreciating the subjective difference between western and IS war crimes.


  5. Norman Pilon says:

    The crimes of ISIS are in and of themselves the height of reactionary repugnance. But there may be more happening, here, than at first meets the eye. Julie Lévesque, to my mind always a reliable source, writes a revealing piece: “The History of ISIS Beheadings: Part of the “Training Manual” of US Sponsored Syria “Pro-Democracy” Terrorists.”

    For anyone who might be interested, you can read it here:

    But regardless of whether there is more to ISIS than ISIS, I certainly share your outrage, Toritto. And it is certainly a bizarre turn of events that you relate. People are crazy. We are insane. And yet, and yet, unsurprisingly so . . .


  6. Agree…totally insane…


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