Saturday, August 11, 2018

ISIS didn’t read his blog about peace and love and etc.

Instead, ISIS adherents killed him.

“’You watch the news and you read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,’ wrote Austin during their trek. ‘People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted….I don’t buy it. 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.’”

Jay Austin and Lauren Geohegan were riding bicycles in peaceful Tajikistan, when an automobile driven by five ISIS members plowed into them and five other Westerners.

July 31,

By Patrick Redford

Lauren Geoghegan and Jay Austin wrote that they were trying to see the world by bike. The couple quit their jobs last summer to begin a transcontinental bicycling odyssey of sorts. Their goal was not to break any records, nor even attempt to encircle the entire globe. “We have neither a firm route nor a timetable, a sponsorship nor a place we need to be,” they wrote, “and so we’re comfortable just pedaling where the winds and the world and our own hearts take us.”

They were on a leg that began in Almaty, Kazakhstan when disaster struck last weekend. Geoghegan and Austin were riding in a group with a few other western cyclists in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan. Per a release from the U.S. embassy in Tajikistan, a car swerved into a group of seven cyclists on purpose, hitting several. Assailants then got out of the car and stabbed the group. A Dutch rider and a Swiss rider also died in the attack, while three others were injured. A video of the attack (which is blurry, but still obviously very graphic) shows a driver swerving across the road to hit riders, and even launching one off of an embankment. Tajik authorities have killed four suspects and captured a fifth.

So, to Mr. Austin, the men who killed him and four others were "fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own.’” But the ISIS were not evil, because in Mr. Austin's world, evil exists only in white countries.

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