Joshua Boyle: Moron or Terrorist Sympathizer? Take Your Pick [Video]

Joshua Boyle: Moron or Terrorist Sympathizer? Take Your Pick [Video]

Joshua Boyle: Moron or Terrorist Sympathizer? Take Your Pick [Video]

As you can tell from the title, I have no sympathy for, nor am I quivering with joy at the return of Joshua Boyle to the West after five years of captivity at the hands of the Haqqani network. I may sound heartless, but so what?

I feel bad for his wife Caitlan Coleman, who unsurprisingly was allegedly raped by her captors. I feel sorry for his innocent children, born in captivity, and especially his infant daughter who was supposedly murdered by these savages (Boyle’s claims – not sure if they’ve been substantiated). I feel bad for the innocents caught up in Boyle’s ignorant actions. I don’t feel bad for him.

A timeline of events paints a limited picture of the couple’s activities before and during their capture, leading to the rescue that saw their return.

July 2012 — Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman travel to Russia. They later move on to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and finally to Afghanistan over the course of several months.

Oct. 8, 2012 — Caitlan Coleman’s father hears from Boyle for the last time before the couple is captured. Boyle said he was in an internet cafe in what he described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan. The last withdrawals from the couple’s bank account were made Oct. 8 and 9 in Kabul. An Afghan official later said the couple had been abducted in Wardak Province, a rugged, mountainous Taliban haven.

Late 2012 or early 2013 — Coleman’s first child is born. Coleman was pregnant at the time of her capture, and her due date was in December 2012.

June 4, 2014 — Coleman’s family releases two videos of Coleman and Boyle in captivity, saying the clips were provided to the family in 2013. Boyle and Coleman are seen calling on the U.S. government to free them and their child from Taliban captors.

November 2015 — Coleman’s family receives a letter from Coleman in which she says she has given birth to a second child in captivity.

Aug. 30, 2016 — A video of Coleman and Boyle is posted on YouTube. In it, the Boyle says that their captors will kill them and their children “if the policies of the Afghan government are not overturned, either by the Afghan government or by Canada, somehow, or the United States.” A Taliban official has said the video was recorded in 2015.

December 2016 — Another video is posted online, this time featuring Coleman, Boyle and their two young children. In the video, Coleman urges governments on all sides to reach a deal to secure the family’s freedom.

Oct. 12, 2017 — U.S. officials say Pakistan secured the family’s release. According to officials, Coleman had a third child while in captivity. In a press release, the Pakistani military says Boyle and Coleman will be “repatriated to the country of their origin.”

The stupid.

What kind of tool takes his very pregnant wife on a backpacking trip to one of the most terrorist infested holes in the world?

What kind of ignoramus takes his very pregnant wife to a WAR ZONE?

What kind of moron breeds in captivity? What kind of imbecile does so several times? I get contraception may not exactly have been available to them out there, but there are other – natural – methods one can take to prevent pregnancy. But no, that moron bred three times, after taking his pregnant wife on this little journey of “enlightenment.” While in captivity by one of the most vicious terrorist groups in the world. Ostensibly leading to the murder of his infant daughter.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly compared Boyle and his family’s ordeal to “living in a hole for five years.” Well, they certainly bred like horny rabbits in that hole. I’m assuming Boyle knew where babies come from. I’m assuming he knew methods to avoid pregnancy, which while not foolproof, could have at least tried to prevent the birth of innocent babies in Haqqani captivity.

I’m sorry, but Darwin should have bitch slapped this dunce down. Hard.

While I feel more sympathy for Coleman than I do for Boyle, I’m at a loss to explain why she blindly followed her halfwit of a husband into the mountains of Afghanistan while much pregnant and lugging a pretty significant backpack in addition to the baby growing inside her. Did she think the Haqqanis would be more receptive to filthy hippies if they acted sympathetic to their cause? Did she not know about Boyle’s terrorist ties? Did she think this was going to be an adventure of a honeymoon?

Terrorist sympathizer?

Boyle wasn’t exactly your typical westerner. He was married to the sister of an accused terrorist fighter held at Guantanamo Bay. Zaynab Khadr, the eldest daughter of al Q’aida was a fierce defender of both her father and her brother, Omar Khadr, who was captured as a 15-year-old fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan and charged with killing an American soldier.

Boyle introduced himself to the family, because he was oh-so-enlightened about human rights and later acted as the Khadr family spokesperson when Zaynab staged a hunger strike on Parliament Hill to protest her brother’s detention, and he married her about a year later.

It was the third marriage for Zaynab. The first two were arranged: her first husband was sought as a conspirator in a bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Pakistan; Osama Bin Laden was one of the guests at her second wedding in Afghanistan.

Back in Canada, Zaynab created controversy in 2004 for controversial remarks she made criticizing the way children were raised here and suggesting that the Sept. 11 terror attacks were justified.

Boyle defended his wife for her earlier remarks. In an email exchange with a Citizen reporter, Boyle said his relationship with Zaynab had taught him that no one can accurately judge the character of a person they’ve never met.

I guess I’m just not as “enlightened” as Boyle. I do believe you can judge a book by its cover, and in this case, this doofus exhibits all the signs of terrorist-sympathizing dumbassery, including the look he’s sporting in photos.

And while the media wrings its hankies and cries crocodile tears over Boyle’s and Coleman’s plight, it for the most part ignores obvious questions that need to be asked.

Something doesn’t gel with Boyle’s story. In his comments to the media after his rescue, Boyle referred to himself as a “pilgrim” on a mission to help ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan. A “pilgrim” is a believer who makes a journey to a sacred place for religious reasons. What possible spiritual enlightenment was to be found in a terrorist hot zone?

He claims his captors killed his infant and raped his wife in retaliation for his “repeated refusal to accept an offer” from them. But he certainly appears to have very willingly done some videos for them, claiming his Haqqani captors would kill the family if their policy demands weren’t met.

And yet, this is not a typical Haqqani MO. They launch suicide attacks. They supply the Taliban with bombs. They raise money and finance terrorist acts. Extortion is a main source of funding for these savages, but they don’t appear to be big on political extortion. In an interview a former Haqqani commander called extortion “the most important source of funding for the Haqqanis.” Their demands about government policy changes don’t seem to be consistent with their usual activities.

The Haqqani thugs usually demand money as ransom, and the United States has reportedly paid nothing to secure the family’s freedom. We apparently provided intelligence to the Pakistani forces to help free them, but it’s odd, considering Pakistan’s well-known support for the Taliban and Haqqani.

Boyle and Coleman had at least two other kids in captivity. They obviously had enough privacy and care to have gone through several pregnancies and births. I can’t imagine that’s normal for a typical kidnapping – especially in a war zone.

And they got mail pretty quickly – especially for westerners held by a terrorist group in Afghanistan.

And then, after an ostensibly dramatic rescue, they refused to board a U.S. plane, choosing instead to take a commercial flight to Canada. One would think that after years in hell, he’d be on the very first flight to the West, no matter where! Could it be he was nervous about the debriefings he would obviously face after five years in Haqqani hands?

In other words, I have absolutely zero confidence that Boyle was in any way a victim. I don’t believe he and his family were kidnapped and held for five years as a captive.

I believe he’s a terrorist sympathizer, who dragged his pregnant wife to a Taliban stronghold for political reasons.

And while I’m glad his children are out of terrorist hands, I have very limited sympathy for Coleman, and literally none for Boyle.

At best he’s a knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing nitwit. At worst, he’s a terrorist sympathizer and facilitator, who needs to be tried and imprisoned.

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

  • Merle says:

    How about a terrorist sympathizer who also happens to be a moron?

    She’s not much brighter – going there at all, let alone while pregnant.

  • sabasarge says:

    Both are morons, no doubt, nor do I give a damn about either of them.
    But as for “breeding like rabbits” I imagine that the only child that is biologically Joshua Boyle’s is the one she was pregnant with when she got there.
    Just say’n.

  • Kate says:

    Hm. Vacationing in Haqqani territory in Afghanistan has some risk, even for terrorist sympathizers. *eyeroll

  • Lizhu says:

    I have similar thoughts as you and was wondering why hasn’t anyone touched on this subject! He must be enjoying life to be breeding In so called captivity. Both are morons or they were there to support the terrorist. I would seriously put them on the watch list. Notice he still has his beard!

  • Cycle Cyril says:

    According to Islamic law a Moslem man can marry a Christian or Jewish woman without her converting to Islam though a polytheist must convert. A Moslem woman can only marry a Moslem man. Considering the dress of Boyle’s previous wife I can only presume she is a devoted observer of her religion and Boyle converted.

    These facts forces me to conclude he is a sympathizer with a hefty dose of stupid. But I must keep, as a consideration, he is a sympathizer and lying about his adventure hoping the media has a hefty dose of stupid, which is the case.

  • Pablo escobart says:

    Maybe is daughter is still captivated so he have to do everything they want. Maybe I watch to much of Homeland series

  • Jo says:

    I agree – he is a reprehensible idiot. Have you seen the video released by Pakistan – (I’m not clear on when it was filmed – perhaps just after their release?). In this video, he & wifey are seated on couches, with their kids. Wifey says nothing. Boyle drones on & on about good Muslims & bad Muslims, etc. He speaks in an affected, fake accent, as if he is not a native English speaker. (I call bullshit.). He clearly is Muslim & still thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

    I read somewhere that his terrorist BFF who was paid $10 million by Canadian govt is likely financing him.

    I cringe at the thought of the books & movies to come.

    Every time I hear that these kids were bred in captivity, I think – that sounds like zoo animals.

    PS – I just found your site – I love it!

  • Pat H says:

    I totally agree with this article. This guy was stupid idiot moron that dragged his pregnant to the worse terrorist area in the world without a second thought. That screams terrorist sympathize to me, I do have a bit more sympathy for her but NONE for him. My whole sympathy lies with the innocent children in this fiasco, they didn’t ask to go there or have any choice. The ultimate slap in the face is they refused to board a U S plane after the United States secured their release. Who does that??
    Someone that doesn’t want to answer the hard questions. There are many questions here to be answered and the US Government should be asking them ASAP.

  • Colorado Wellington says:

    Moron or terrorist sympathizer? What’s wrong with “and”? Or even more economically, moron terrorist sympathizer?

  • Bill Peschel says:

    What’s going to be even sadder is reading Maclean’s magazine salivating over these nitwits, and the letters in the following week’s edition praising their bravery and courage.

    Thank God for the Internet where someone can speak the truth.

  • buck smith says:

    Bet the missing children grow up as slaves in Afghanistan, tribal regions or sold to Saudi/Gulf states

  • Wanda Sloan says:

    Moron *or* sympathizer?
    Embrace the power of “and”.

  • Jennifer says:

    No matter how much the mainstream media tries to cleanup his image, it seems to me his naive wife is a victim of this Muslim convert. So they get married in 2011 and the following year he is taking his pregnant wife to this dangerous place to do “good”. I wonder if he means Islamic “good”, which usually refers to plan evil against non-Muslims, particulary westerners. It seems to me he either wanted his children to be born in the Middle East, showing how much of a devout Muslim he is, or he just planned to exploit our governments. You should take a look at the cbc video of Boyle talking why they were kidnapped.

  • Granger says:

    They have been brainwashed. Something definitely smells about their story. It will be interesting to find out the truth.

  • Frank says:

    I just watched the video links to JB ‘s interviews. He talks about someone’s bright idea about kidnapping a heavily pregnant women and that the government would pay quickly and large sums. He also states that he wanted to help those in the most remote regions in taliban territory. My theory is that he, JB, is the idiot with the bright idea to do that. He took his naive wife there to get kidnapped thinking that the US or Canada would pay a hefty ransom. That is how he was going to “help” them. They had no supplies, no specific medical training. How else could they help them. Once “captured” he was one of them, leaving his wife and children to suffer. I don’t think they were captives in the sense JB wants everyone to they they were. He was part of them. Sure, his wife was probably a captive, living in squalor, having babies to satisfy his idealistic aspirations, but I really believe he was the mastermind, and I use that term loosely, perhaps planner is a better term, behind this whole thing. And their “rescue”, that had to be part of the plan as well. They had to travel in the trunk of vehicles in case they ever were actually seen and a rescue attempt was made. I could go on, but other’s have stated my other thoughts better than I. But to sum up, I think JB is at best a sympathizer and worst a terrorist himself, and he duped a naive wife into his devious plan. I am sure he has a hold on his children and wife and will brainwash them. I certainly hope that he remains on a watch list until either the truth surfaces or he makes a mistake and shows his true colors.

  • Gregory Kohs says:

    Readers may be interested in learning more about Boyle’s Wikipedia experience. It was “unconventional”, to say the least:

  • Kristen Johnson says:

    You nailed that one! He’s just been charged with some strange and serious offenses.

  • AM says:

    Finally, someone says it. And finally he got arrested, they keep saying it is for actions committed after his release but it’s obvious those charges were done to his wife, so-called victim(I think it’s just a way of protecting the kids, as probably they felt the net closing on them at a pretty fast pace!). At least Coleman went back to USA, so we won’t have to provide welfare to the oh so many kids conceived while they were hostages and separated(!?), 4 kids which means one every year. If not for the kids, I would say they should have been left where they were, as it was their own choice to be there.

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