Ambushed by Reality

Urban millennials Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both in their late 20s, came to the popular opinion that they were wasting their lives working. Austin wrote on his blog about his intention to quit his job and “to charge headlong into indulgence…”

Persuading his girlfriend to go cycling with him in exotic overseas locations would be one indulgence; another was clinging to the politically correct notion that evil does not exist in the hearts of men. These two indulgences do not make a wise combination in the real world.  Especially in a 96.7% Islamic nation[1] like Tajikistan, where the couple came face-to-face with the opinions of Muhammad, who commanded all Muslims of all times and places to “Seize [the disbelievers] and kill them wherever you overtake them.” (Quran 4:89 – 91)

As Jay and Lauren were cycling on a dirt Tajik highway with some other Western cyclists, they were overtaken by a van of devout Muslims.  The Muslims knew their religious duty, and so the van passed the American cyclists, turned around, and smashed at high speed into the group, knocking Jay and Lauren into the ditch. The devout worshippers then descended on Jay and Lauren with knives. The State Department won’t release details of what happened next, but here’s what we know:

Jay, Lauren and two other cyclists are dead from lethal knife wounds, ISIS took credit for another Islamic victory over the disbelievers, and the murderers celebrated publicly on the world wide web.

21st century reality can be observed, evaluated and measured in a number of ways.  Let’s do some simple math.  Since the day Jay and Lauren were old enough to read simple statistics, there have been over 33,692 successful (meaning lethal) attacks by theologically-motivated Muslims against those they determined needed to be humiliated and punished with death.[2]  Jay and Lauren have been added to that numerical account of reality.  As we and others look at these brutal facts, how do we interpret the ideological force behind these murders?  How do we view this recent incident in Tajikistan?  Was it evil, or was it just some multicultural guys charging into the indulgence of a customary local sport?

What if evil is not a make-believe concept but a force of informed, deliberate destruction and slaughter?  The Muslims in the van clearly understood the commands of the Quran, and the commands of the Caliph.  In a 2014 internet message, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the chief spokesman for the Islamic State, reminded Muslims worldwide, “If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him.”[3]

Writes John Hayward, “A pro-Islamic State media operation called the Nashir News Agency published a poster…depicting an SUV driving across a mountain of skulls beneath the caption, ‘“Run Over Them Without Mercy.”’

“This is not the first exhortation to vehicular jihad published by the Nashir News Agency.  A few weeks ago, they published a message in both English and Arabic that said, ‘“Kill the civilians of the Crusaders, run over them by vehicles, gain benefit from Ramadan.”’

“This earlier poster was a much less polished bit of propaganda, accompanied only by clip art of a handgun, knife, and truck. The pictures were helpfully labeled “Handgun,” “Knife,” and “Truck” for the benefit of less subtle jihadi minds.”[4]

If less subtle jihadi minds can understand evil instructions and practice them, why can’t average American millennials see the reality of this false theology and call it evil?

On his blog, Jay Austin invoked political correctness to justify his own superstitious theology of living, traveling and indulging himself. “Evil,” Austin wrote, “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—it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it.”

But what if an opinion is abhorrent, and we understand it perfectly?  Should we not abhor it as destructive evil?  We could dismiss 33,692 crimes as accidents,[5] and live in blissful denial of reality…or we could tell the truth about evil and resist it with equal or greater force.  This is the present conflict millennials need to settle in their minds, or destructive evil will ambush them continually until they face the cold, hard truth.  Evil is not a make-believe concept.  Millennials need to stop supporting the agenda of the left which opposes the fighting of evil and works to disarm those who might understand evil and resist it.  Evil does exist.  The sooner millennials understand this, the sooner they can join the fight against real evil.  The sooner they understand that the childish denial of truth contributes to evil, sorrow, suffering and pain, the quicker evil can be overcome with good.

Dr. Jordan Peterson got to the heart of the matter when he told a bunch of college kids, “Maybe it’s not the world that’s at fault,” he said.  “Maybe it’s you. You’ve failed to make the mark. You’ve missed the target. You’ve fallen short of the glory of God. You’ve sinned. And all of that is your contribution to the insufficiency and evil of the world.”

Is it possible for left-leaning millennials to come to their senses?  Of course.  Thousands are, all across the West.  In the 20th century, the American leftist James Burnham rejected political correctness, and learned to describe evil for what it was.  Way back in the 1960s he could see where fantasy and wishful thinking about ethics were headed.

“Modern liberalism,” he wrote in Suicide of the West, “does not offer ordinary men compelling motives for personal suffering, sacrifice, and death. There is no tragic dimension in its picture of the good life. Men become willing to endure, sacrifice, and die for God, for family, king, honor, country, from a sense of absolute duty or an exalted vision of the meaning of history…. And it is precisely these ideas and institutions that liberalism has criticized, attacked, and in part overthrown as superstitious, archaic, reactionary, and irrational.”

It’s time for the West to call political correctness “superstitious, archaic, reactionary, and irrational,” and aggressively replace this false faith with truth.  Or we will continually be ambushed by a determined, confident, muscular and relentless evil.


[2] has been tracking Islamic violence since the 9-11 event and records, by nation, fatalities and, separately, injuries, which are roughly equal to the fatalities.



[5] The media in the UK is describing the latest vehicular jihad as “definitely an accident.”

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