By Michael Snyder – BarbWire guest contributor
Every day now, there are fresh news stories about Christians being slaughtered by ISIS in the Middle East. So where is the outrage from the White House? Where is the outrage from the Islamic world? If Islam truly was a “religion of peace”, prominent Islamic leaders all over the globe would be loudly condemning ISIS whenever another slaughter of Christians took place. And a White House statement about the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS the other day did not have the word “Christian” in it a single time. ISIS is painting the Middle East red with the blood of Christians, and most of the world seems to care very, very little. If thousands of people from some politically-favored group or religion were being savagely killed, the outcry would be deafening. But because Christians are being killed, it is not such a big deal. So exactly what does that say about how the world views Christians in 2015?
Without a doubt, Christians are being specifically targeted by ISIS. They are simply not going to submit to the Islamic rules and belief system that ISIS intends to impose on the areas that it conquers, so they are considered to be a “problem” that needs to be dealt with.
When 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS jihadists in Libya, it shocked Christians all over the world. Those that released this video entitled it “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross”. Clearly, it was intended to strike fear in the hearts of Christian believers all over the planet. But the White House reaction did not contain the words “Christian”, “Islam” or “Muslim” a single time…
Video surfaced on Sunday showing Libyan ISIS sympathizers decapitating 21 Christians on a beach. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a 192-word reaction condemning the brutal killings as ‘despicable’ and ‘cowardly’ but made no mention of the religion of the killers or their victims.
The words ‘Christian,’ ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim.’ were not included in Earnest’s statement.
The video itself was titled ‘A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross.’ The slaughtered men, clad in orange jumpsuits reminiscent of Guantanamo Bay detainee garb, were described as ‘crusaders.’
One of the men was seen praying just moments before his throat was slit.
When it comes to dealing with ISIS, the Obama administration truly is utterly clueless.
Those fighting for ISIS are very clear about what they are trying to do. They consider this to be a religious war, and they fully intend “to conquer Rome”…
“All [Christian] crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together,” says the narrator. “Therefore we will fight you all together. The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”
After the Islamic State killers cut off the heads of the Egyptian men, the narrator says, “And we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our Prophet, peace be upon him.”
So what would have happened if things would have been switched around?
What would have happened if Christians had publicly beheaded 21 Muslims just because they believed in Islam?
That is a question that Franklin Graham asked recently…
The Islamic State beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend, propping the severed heads on the victims’ backs, a barbaric slaughter that led Reverend Franklin Graham to ask, “Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians?”
“Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world?” he asked.
And without a doubt, the global response would have been overwhelming. There would have been huge protests in cities all over the globe and the outrage would have lasted for months.
But when Christians are killed, the uproar doesn’t last for long. So in a desperate attempt to keep their names in the news, ISIS jihadists in Libya have reportedly rounded up another 35 Christians…
At least 35 more Egyptian Christians are feared to have been kidnapped by jihadists in retaliation for air strikes on targets in Libya.
Militants from the Islamic State and Ansar Al-Sharia are understood to have rounded up dozens of farm workers in the wake of bombings by Cairo, it was reported by local media.
The move is believed to be a direct response to strikes by Egyptian warplanes yesterday which came after fanatics released a horrific video showing the beheading of 21 Christians on a beach.
It raises the chilling prospect of yet another mass execution in what is being seen as ISIS’s bid to announce its presence in a new region where it is gaining influence.
Are we about to witness another mass beheading?
Let’s pray that does not happen.
Sadly, this might just be the beginning.
ISIS continues to get stronger in Iraq.
ISIS continues to get stronger in Syria. In fact, the amount of territory that ISIS controls in Syria has doubled since U.S. airstrikes began.
And ISIS is making great strides in Libya. At this point, ISIS controls most of the coastal cities, and propaganda videos are being made to show that they are in total control of the streets…
The video appears to show a fleet of Toyota Land Cruisers carrying the notorious black flag of Islamic State as they drive in perfect unison through the streets of Libya.
Men, women and children cheer and salute the pick-up trucks as they drive freely through what is believed to be the city of Benghazi.
The carefully produced propaganda video was uploaded by terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia on February 5.
The group declared city an ‘Islamic emirate’ in July 2014 before pledging allegiance to Islamic State just three months later. In November of that year, the UN blacklisted it as a terrorist organization.
The group was widely blamed for the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stephens in Benghazi in 2012. And only this week, it was linked to the bloody executions of 21 Egyptian Christians on a beach in Libya.
Perhaps you think that you will never have to face any of this because you live on the other side of the world.
But as ISIS grows stronger, they are going to eventually get their hands on much more powerful weapons, and they are going to expand their operations to western nations.
And when the time comes to pull the trigger, ISIS will not hesitate. These are suicidal maniacs that would love to kill as many of us as possible.
Today, ISIS is painting the Middle East red with the blood of Christians.
But tomorrow, it could be America.
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years. Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael and his wife, Meranda, believe that a great awakening is coming and are working hard to help bring renewal to America. Michael is also the author of the book The Beginning Of The End.
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