Sunday morning was a bittersweet one for the family of Kayla Mueller, the human rights activist who was captured and tortured by ISIS in 2013.
Mueller, believed to have been personally assaulted over a period of 18 months by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi himself, was taken prisoner by the terrorist group in Syria while providing humanitarian aid to victims of that nation’s civil war. When U.S. special forces launched an attack on al-Baghdadi’s hiding place in the Idlib Province this weekend, it was in Kayla Mueller’s memory that they did so. And now that al-Baghdadi is no longer among the living, her family is both relieved that he is dead…and regretful that he wasn’t taken off the planet sooner.
“We are so grateful for them,” mother Marsha Mueller told the press on Sunday, referring to the troops. “We are so grateful. I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been.”
As harsh a condemnation as the Muellers laid on Obama, they were equally effusive in their praise of the current commander-in-chief.
“He knows her story,” father Carl Mueller said of President Trump. “He’s been briefed on it, and he knows, and that’s important to me. I don’t think anything would have stopped him from getting this guy.”
Speaking with the Arizona Republic newspaper, Carl Mueller said that al-Baghdadi’s evil was boundless.
“What this man did to Kayla – he kidnapped her,” Mueller said. “She was held in many prisons. She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured. She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself.”
U.S. intelligence confirmed in 2015 that Kayla Mueller was killed by a Jordanian airstrike. Her family hopes that the raid on al-Baghdadi’s house will shed light on the circumstances of her imprisonment and death.
“For me,” said Kayla’s mother, “what matters most is I’m hoping now we will finally get answers we have been asking for all along. I think this administration truly might help us. I don’t think they are as closed about what happened.”
The media and the Democrats have been doing everything possible to downplay the importance of al-Baghdadi’s death and to destroy any polling boost Donald Trump might get out of this historic victory. But while the likes of The New York Times may not give Trump credit, the people who were personally victimized by this man and his sick Islamic cult know better. Here’s to the troops, here’s to our international partners who made this raid possible, and here’s to President Trump. The world is a better place for what happened Saturday night.