Treatment you wouldn't mete out to animals was meted out to the Armenian Christians by the Ottoman Turks. Yet because the sacred scriptures of Islam formed the basis of the worldview of the Ottoman Empire at the time, such behaviour was deemed unavoidable, necessary, appropriate, sanctioned, beneficial. At the time the representatives of the free world (interesting term that one isn't it?) looked on and urged action against the Ottomans. But little eventuated, so one and a half million people were exterminated.
It couldn't happen again though, could it? Well, yeah. In facts it's already happening.
Human nature hasn't changed.
The priorities and necessities of international relations haven't changed - "politics is the art of compromise" so the saying goes. We forsake the ideal for the possible, so people die.
Mainly though, the Islamic doctrines of Jihad and the second-class status of non-Muslims have not changed.
Two thousand years ago we were warned, "they will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me". Any person who kills another "for the sake of God" simply shows that they do not know the real God at all.
As Samuel Huntington said (and there is an interesting update & discussion of his book at that link):
“In Eurasia the great historic fault lines between civilizations are once more aflame. This is particularly true along the boundaries of the crescent-shaped Islamic bloc of nations, from the bulge of Africa to central Asia. Violence also occurs between Muslims, on the one hand, and Orthodox Serbs in the Balkans, Jews in Israel, Hindus in India, Buddhists in Burma and Catholics in the Philippines. Islam has bloody borders.”
Where are the Hindu or Sikh suicide bombers attacking children at concerts? Where are the Catholic knife attacks on non-Catholic women? Where are the Jews driving trucks over pedestrians? Or the Methodists cutting heads off to cries of "God is greater!"?
You see we seem to have something of a problem here. Or am I the only one who sees this?
The article below on Nigeria pertains to yet another sphere of degradation where once again, Muslims seem not to be aware that "Islam means peace". Perhaps the only answer to the Nigerian problem may be to revisit the idea of home states for Christians and Muslims, as was roughly attempted with the secession of Biafra in the 1960s.
Isn't it odd though: once again the only answer to a non-Muslim people living with Muslim people is that they not live with them? Segregation. Millets, enclaves, home rule, self-governing areas - no-go zones. One way or the other it seems time and again that Muslims are not able to live together with other religions - any other religions - especially when they start taking their religion more seriously.
But how long does this go on for? And how will there be enough room for everyone if one group insists on continual geographical & political expansion? Am I a bad person for making this observation?
And meanwhile, what about the real victims?
Raymond Ibrahim pens this article.
International Community Ignores Genocide of Christians in Nigeria
In what the Christian Association of Nigeria is calling a “pure genocide,” 238 more Christians were killed and churches desecrated by Muslims last week in the west African nation. This brings the death toll of Christians to more than 6,000 since the start of 2018.
According to a joint statement by the Christian Association, an umbrella group of various Christian denominations, “There is no doubt that the sole purpose of these attacks is aimed at ethnic cleansing, land grabbing and forceful ejection of the Christian natives from their ancestral land and heritage.”
The statement condemned the recent attacks, “where over 200 persons were brutally killed and our churches destroyed without any intervention from security agencies in spite of several distress calls made to them.”
The statement adds that the majority of those 6,000 Christians massacred this year were “mostly children, women and the aged… What is happening in … Nigeria is pure genocide and must be stopped immediately.”
The details of the murder of these thousands, though seldom reported, are often grisly: many were either hacked to death or beheaded with machetes; others were burned alive (including inside locked churches or homes); and women are often sexually assaulted or even raped before being slaughtered.
For too long, both the Nigerian government and the U.S. government have sought to present this protracted jihad as territorial clashes between the haves (apparently always Christians) and haves-not (apparently always Muslims).
For instance, in 2012, Bill Clinton said that “inequality” and “poverty” are “what’s fueling all this stuff” (the “stuff” being a reference to the ongoing Muslim slaughter of Christians in Nigeria). Following the 2012 Easter Day bombing of a Nigerian church that left 39 worshippers dead, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, said, “I want to take this opportunity to stress one key point and that is that religion is not driving extremist violence” in Nigeria. Similarly, the Obama administration reportedly agreed to spend $600 million in a USAID initiative launched to ascertain the “true causes” of unrest and violence in Nigeria—which naturally lay in the socio-economic, never the religious, realm.
However, in its recent statement, the Christian Association of Nigeria denied all these claims. After saying that those responsible for slaughtering Christians are always allowed to “go scot free” by the Nigerian government—which further portrays the attacks as “farmers/herdsmen clashes”—it inquired: “How can it be a clash when one group [Muslims] is persistently attacking, killing, maiming, [and] destroying, and the other group [Christians] is persistently being killed, maimed and their places of worship destroyed? How can it be a clash when the herdsmen are hunting farmers in their own villages/communities and farmers are running for their lives?”
On May 2, the National Christian Elders Forum—a wing of the Christian Association, the members of which average the age of 75 and come from Nigeria’s six geo-political zones—met the British High Commission in an effort to solicit support. (Days before that meeting, around 30 Muslim herdsmen stormed a church during early morning mass and massacred nearly 20 parishioners and two clergymen.)
Some of the more telling points in the group’s executive summary of issues follow:
It is clear to the Christian Elders that JIHAD has been launched in Nigeria by the Islamists of northern Nigeria led by the Fulani ethnic group [the “herdsmen”]. This Jihad is based on the Doctrine of Hate taught in Mosques and Islamic Madrasas in northern Nigeria as well as the supremacist ideology of the Fulani. Using both conventional (violent) Jihad, and stealth (civilization) Jihad, the Islamists of northern Nigeria seem determined to turn Nigeria into an Islamic Sultanate and replace Liberal Democracy with Sharia as the National Ideology. The object of course, is to supplant the Constitution with Sharia as the source of legislation.
The current 1999 Constitution is plagued with dual conflicting ideology of Democracy and Sharia. There are certain values which are non-negotiable in a pluralistic society and it seems the advocates of the Caliphate do not respect this. A dual-ideology-driven Nigeria cannot be the Nigeria of our dream. We want a Nigeria, where citizens are treated equally before the law at all levels…. Bearing in mind that Christians constitute over 50% of the Nigerian population, the goal of the Islamists is bound to create serious conflicts which if not checked is capable of escalating into another civil war. Already, the Islamists are murdering Christians with impunity and destroying vulnerable Christian places of worship and communities at an alarming and inhuman rate.
That 6,000 Christians, “mostly children, women and the aged,” have been butchered in just the first six months of this year is a reminder of how violence only escalates when left unchecked, which is the story of the Muslim persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
For example, it took three times as long (a year-and-a-half, between December 2013 to July 2015), for the same Muslim herdsmen to slaughter only 1,484 Christians (532 men, 507 women, and 445 children), critically wound 2,388 Christians (1,069 men, 817 women, and 502 children), and burn or destroy 171 churches.
But the Nigerian government and the international community have from the start done little to address the situation—which is unsurprising since they cannot even acknowledge its roots, namely, the intolerant ideology of jihad. As a result, the death toll of Christians has only risen—and will likely continue to grow exponentially through the years, until such time that reality is not only acknowledged but properly addressed.