My Mideast Punchlines: it’s only make-believe…

The two Americans killed by ISIS in Tajikstan in an attack by ISIS at the end of last month were on a world tour to prove that “humans are kind.”

“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Jay Austin wrote on his blog. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.

“I don’t buy it,” he continued. “Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own… By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”

Following a movement among fellow millennials, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both in their late 20s, quit their jobs after coming to the conclusion that they were wasting their lives working, reported the Pluralist.

Austin and Geohegan, who were biking at the time, were first rammed by a car driven by the terrorists then stabbed to death on the side of the road.

biffEvil does as evil says. And no one says it louder than ISIS. As someone who has spent some time covering wars in the Mideast, there’s enough evil in the region without actively looking for it. Unless, of course, you are Jeremy Corbyn. Bet he can’t wait to discover the whereabouts of the grave of Jihadi John so that he can lay a wreath. He, too, sees good in evil, but, in the immortal words of the Conway Twtitty hit song, “it’s only make-believe..”

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