From the “We Are The World” Files:
Kayla Mueller was taken hostage by the Islamic State in Aleppo, Syria, in August 2013. Essentially Mueller was a victim of believing a life-long liberalist narrative where all discord in the world can be eliminated if we just love each other more. Kayla’s ‘go give-em-love’ efforts led her to Syria, where ISIS appreciated her naiveté, took her as a hostage and sold her to a militant commander to use as a war trophy.
Before she got there she was part of the radical Group ISM, and lived in Palestinian village to fight israeli “Occupation” with the ISM, she worked with Palestinians nonviolently resisting the confiscation and demolitions of their homes and lands. In the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Occupied East Jerusalem, she stayed with the Al Kurd family to try and prevent the takeover of their home by Israeli settlers. ISM honors Kayla Mueller.
Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the popular committee in the village of Bil’in where Kayla joined the protests, told ISM: “Kayla came to Palestine to stand in solidarity with us. She marched with us and faced the military that occupies our land side by side with us. For this, Kayla will always live in our hearts. We send all our support to her family and will continue, like Kayla, to work against injustice wherever it is.”
One could say that she was “Raised by her own Petard”, or they bit the hand that was feeding them. Regardless of her misguided view of the world, she was living her convictions to the death. Just are the one going to help them spread the Caliphate in Syria, as are the Americans that are going to join the Kurds to stop its spread. This is, in my opinion, a fight between good and evil, and she picked the evil side to support.