"He who sups with the devil . . .
. . . should have a long spoon."
That goes for women, too, as shown in Azadeh Moaveni's report, "ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape" (New York Times, November 21, 2015)
Dua had only been working for two months with the Khansaa Brigade, the all-female morality police of the Islamic State, when her friends were brought to the station to be whipped.Dua told her friends that they were guilty and deserved a lashing, but there were consequences to Dua's decision:
The police had hauled in two women she had known since childhood, a mother and her teenage daughter, both distraught. Their abayas, flowing black robes, had been deemed too form-fitting.
When the mother saw Dua, she rushed over and begged her to intercede. The room felt stuffy as Dua weighed what to do.
The mother and daughter came to Dua's parents' house afterward, furious with her and venting their anger at the Islamic State.And so begins a report on two female insiders' disillusion with the Islamic State . . .
"They said they hated it and wished it had never come to Raqqa," Dua said. She pleaded with them, explaining that as a young and new member of the Khansaa Brigade, there was nothing she could have done.
But a lifelong friendship, with shared holiday gatherings and birthday parties, was suddenly broken. "After that day, they hated me, too," she said. "They never came to our house again."
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