We have previously discussed acts of heroism in the face of terrorism, including acts by Muslims who reject the violence and claims of morality by ISIS and others such as the Muslims who formed a human shield around tourists in Tunisia. We have another such case out of Kenya where Muslim passengers refused to identify non-Muslims when their bus was seized by the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabaab. The passengers reportedly told the terrorists that they would have to kill them all or let them all go.
The bus to Mandera was supposed to have a police escort near the border with Somalia and Ethiopia. However, the escort vehicle broke down. When the terrorists seized the bus, they set about to separate and kill all Christian passengers but the Muslim passengers, mainly women, refused to separate and identify the Christians. Last year, the group killed 28 people who could not recite the Quran.
Some of the Muslim women gave the Christian women their hijabs and others hid them behind bags. One witness said “They told them, ‘If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here.” It is reminiscent of the Robbie Edmonds story that we discussed recently from World War II.
The terrorists shot a passenger and the bus driver but then left.
The whole purpose of terrorism is to turn a population against itself and against its values. It is meant to kill what humanity is left in people and get them to accept an ideology or religion out of fear. These Kenyans showed how humanity and true morality can prevail in the face of such evil in this world.