Those words above were from Jay Austin, who gave two weeks’ notice at his Washington, D.C., office job last summer before departing on a whirlwind bike tour of Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East with his girlfriend, Lauren Geoghegan.
Sadly, the couple’s idyllic journey ended in tragedy.
The couple, both in their late 20s, ran into ISIS terrorists.
On day 369 of their world travels, the couple were biking through southern Tajikistan.
They were accompanied by two other bikers trekking through the exotic Central Asia climes.
The couple had set forth with the foolhardy bravado of urban youth. Austin was bold enough at one point in his journey to proclaim “evil” a false concept.
“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” he wrote. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.”
“I don’t buy it. Evil 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,” he continued.
“By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”
He added, “No greater revelation has come from our journey than this.”
Unfortunately, in the mountainous climes of Tajikistan, this idealism proved to be premature. The bicyclists came face-to-face with the brutal reality: Evil exists.
“A grainy cellphone clip recorded by a driver shows what happened next: The men’s Daewoo sedan passes the cyclists and then makes a sharp U-turn,” The New York Times reported.
“It doubles back, and aims directly for the bikers, ramming into them and lurching over their fallen forms. In all, four people were killed: Mr. Austin, Ms. Geoghegan and cyclists from Switzerland and the Netherlands.”
The ISIS killers pointed to the world they call their own.
ISIS claimed the lives of the four travelers, along with the credit for savagely murdering them.
In a harrowing clip set so far from these travelers’ homes, the ISIS killers pointed around to the world they call their own.
As they have so many times before, the Islamist terrorists issued a warning: They will slaughter all “disbelievers” brazen enough to intrude upon their lands.
Check out this disturbing video of what happened: