Assyrian Christians Pay for Freedom from ISIS in Syria: Islamist Takfiris, Ransom and Persecution

Assyrian Christians Pay for Freedom from ISIS in Syria: Islamist Takfiris, Ransom and Persecution

Jibril Khoury, Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times


Takfiri Islamists belonging to ISIS (Islamic State – IS) in Syria have finally released the last 43 kidnapped Assyrian Christians of the original 230 that were taken by this Islamist sectarian force. Of course, no Islamist morality was based on this release. After all, ISIS thinks nothing about enslaving, beheading, converting and demanding ransoms in return for safety. Therefore, in the eyes of ISIS it is all about self-financing a brutal Sunni Takfiri sectarian Islamist force that views non-Muslims to be dhimmis and infidels.

It must be stated that ISIS isn’t alone in butchering, kidnapping, converting and asking for ransoms. The same reality exists in Nigeria because the Sunni Islamist Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group is holding many mainly Christian kidnapped girls. Also, according to some reports some young Christian females in Nigeria have been killed for refusing to convert to Islam. Likewise, in certain Sunni Muslim dominated areas of the Philippines the same happens to Christians based on ransom demands.

However, while ISIS and Boko Haram – and other Sunni Takfiri Islamist groups receive media attention – are known for their hatred of non-Muslims, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims deemed too moderate, the same brutal reality exists in nations like Pakistan. In other words, Christian and Hindu females are often raped in Muslim dominated Pakistan but these females are usually abandoned by state institutions and then forcibly converted to Islam.  This reality in Pakistan is based on institutional discrimination and the notion that non-Muslims are infidels and dhimmis. At the same time, Ahmadiyya and Shia Muslims face extreme intimidation and violence in Pakistan and Shia mosques are targeted frequently by various Sunni Takfiri Islamist groups.

Turning back to the release of kidnapped Assyrian Christians in Syria by ISIS then clearly the joy is tainted in the knowledge that this Takfiri Islamist group will utilize the money in order to kill, enslave and strengthen areas under their power. Of course, the alternative is too painful to think about because these Assyrian Christians faced being forcibly converted to Islam, enslaved or beheaded if no ransom had been paid. Yet clearly ISIS will be emboldened and continue to capture and kidnap non-Muslims or members of different Muslim sects deemed apostates by ISIS.

The Daily Mail says “ISIS today released the last of some 230 Assyrian Christians kidnapped a year ago in Syria after receiving millions of dollars in ransom, Christian officials said…Younan Talia, of the Assyrian Democratic Organisation, said about 40 remaining Christian captives were released early today and are on their way to the northeastern town of Tal Tamr.”

Newsweek reports: Assyrian Christians are one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Middle East and whose foundations lie in Assyria, an historical region of northern Mesopotamia. But the rise of radical Islamist groups such as ISIS, who view Christians as kafir (disbelievers) and infidels, has seen the Middle East’s Christian population continue to decrease.”

However, despite everything so-called democratic nations are betraying religious minorities and various sects within Islam. After all, in the land of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia not one single Buddhist, Christian, Hindu or Sikh holy place is tolerated. On top of this, the minority Shia group faces enormous institutional discrimination in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, ISIS and others like Boko Haram are mirrors of hatred that exist naturally within the thought patterns of Saudi Arabia and other nation states that support the supremacy of one faith over all others.

Of course, Saudi Arabia isn’t directly enslaving non-Muslims openly like ISIS and Boko Haram. Yet apostates to Buddhism and Christianity in Saudi Arabia face death. Also, outward signs of non-Muslim faiths are forbidden in this nation based on Islamic Sharia law. Given this reality, then the duality of Sunni Islamist Takfiri terrorist groups and Sunni Islamist nations that impose and spread a supremacist version of their faith must be collectively challenged. If not, then the fate of various minority Christian groups, the Alawites, Shias, Yazidis and Shabaks face a bleak future in the Middle East and further afield. Similarly, Gulf petrodollars and Sunni Takfiri hatred will continue to sow discord throughout many parts of the world. The end result being the export of pathological Islamist killers being exported from North America and Europe to nations like Iraq and Syria – along with internal Takfiri Islamist terrorist attacks that are happening in nations like France. In other words, it is time to tackle the source of this hatred and focus on Gulf petrodollars, so-called friendly nations like Pakistan and Turkey, radical Takfiri Islamist clerics spreading hatred – and for major Western nations to backtrack when it comes to destabilization policies.


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