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August 16, 2018

Naivety kills. In the case of Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, an idealistic American couple who refused to acknowledge the existence of evil, their naivety left them stabbed to death by ISIS.

Their gruesome deaths in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan late last month occurred during a global cycling tour they had embarked on a year earlier.

“I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige,” Austin wrote in a blog post after he and his partner quit their jobs in July of 2017 to go and explore the world together on their bikes.

I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.”

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In an update published about a year later in April of 2017, and after months of him and his partner reportedly cycling through Africa and Europe before turning into Central Asia, Austin added that he didn’t believe in the notion of evil anymore.

“You watch the news and you read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place. People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil. People are axe murderers and monsters and worse,” he wrote.

“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 — it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it.”


That’s called idealism, and it’s cost many their lives, including Austin and Geoghegan.

Geoghegan’s parents confirmed in a statement to CBS News at the start of the month that their daughter and her partner were both killed while cycling with a group through Tajikistan.

“A car rammed into the group and then five men got out and attacked the tourists with knives. A Dutch and Swiss national were killed along with Geoghegan and Austin,” CBS reported.

The following grainy cellphone video reportedly recorded by a nearby driver allegedly shows the moment the thugs rammed their car into the couple:

“Tajik authorities blamed a domestic Islamic separatist group, but ISIS followed an initial claim of responsibility in print with a video showing the five purported attackers pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” CBS added.

Their deaths are tragic, and they deserve no blame for the pain and suffering inflicted on both them and their loved ones. But these facts do not negate the risks inherent in naivety. Naivety does kill — and more than just people.

“Some conservatives have framed the tragedy as a cautionary tale about not just the perils of travel but also naivete in general,” notes the multi-partisan news outlet Pluralist. “In their telling, an overly generous understanding of human nature is behind much of today’s progressive movement, including calls to radically scale back immigration enforcement and policing and support for socialism.”

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They prob thought the religion of peace wouldn't hurt 'em.

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This is now my top death due to an over abundance of schadenfreude...

It knocks down my previous top two deaths...

The top spot belonged to famed bear enthusiast & founder of the bear-protection organization Grizzly People, Timothy Treadwell, who was...ummmm...killed by a bear...

Going from second to third is Jermaine Stewart, the one hit wonder who sang "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (to Have A Good Time)"...He died of AIDS-related complications...
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The same naivety resides here in America where some believe we don't need ICE or the police, borders or even a government.

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I've been called naive by some because I do try and see the best in people initially. If someone is scum, they'll usually prove it rather quickly.

First and foremost, I do not live in 'fear' of anything, I refuse to.

That doesn't mean I place myself in situations without caution, or regard for circumstance.

This young couple went beyond naïve, and into reckless stupidity. Unfortunately, it didn't end well for them, and those around them pay the price of loss for it.
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Sounds like future Darwin award recipients.

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A lot of people proclaiming "danger" based on the fact that the death occurred, automatically assuming it's the equivalent of walking down a dark alley in Harlem @ 2:00 in the morning.
That's not the reality of the situation though...
Experts on the region, however, reject the idea that the Americans were naive. “Central Asia generally is fairly safe,” said Paul Stronski, a senior fellow in the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “This is a region where the countries are very strong security and police states, so we have not seen the same sorts of large-scale terrorist attacks” as in other regions of the world. Tajikistan is one of five neighboring former Soviet republics — the others are Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

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The U.S. travel advisory for Tajikistan on July 29, according to a State Department official, was at Level 1, the lowest, which means Americans traveling in the country should “exercise normal precautions.” (On Aug. 3, the advisory was raised to Level 2: “Exercise increased caution.”)
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If you were a person bicycling the world F66, would you have gone cycling through Tajikistan?
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A lot of people proclaiming "danger" based on the fact that the death occurred, automatically assuming it's the equivalent of walking down a dark alley in Harlem @ 2:00 in the morning.
Well, I'm assuming those two unicorn petters had a run-in with the ISIS monkeys, and they paid with their lives. It's the equivalent of two people kissing a suicide cord and expecting showers of pretty flowers afterward.

DISCLAIMER--don't ask what a suicide cord is, people. There may be dumbasses out there too curious for their own good.
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If you were a person bicycling the world F66, would you have gone cycling through Tajikistan?
Of course he wouldn't. Libs like Foundit will sit there and claim Muslims are the most peaceful peeps on the planet. But ya throw him in the ME and tell him to take a stroll, he'll pass.

Hypocrisy is all it is.
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