The Egyptian-born American Christian scholar Raymond Ibrahim, who regularly chronicles the crimes against his co-religionists in the Muslim world, explains:
'According to Sham Times and other Arabic websites, jihadi social media networks posted the above picture of a child sitting on the ground while surrounded by armed men pointing their rifles at him. The caption appearing with the picture, purportedly posted by a supporter of the Free Syrian Army, is “Our youngest hostage from among the hostile sects of Kessab.”
Kessab is a predominantly Christian Armenian village in Syria near the Turkish border. Earlier it was invaded by jihadis, who terrorized, pillaged churches, and prompted some 2000 residents to flee. Initial reports had stated that about a dozen families remained as hostages....'See Ibrahim's further commentary on it here which includes the observation, given the known behaviour of such cruel and violent men,
'Surely “teasing” an infidel toddler – a subhuman – with their rifles and sharing it with their sadistic comrades via the Internet for a “laugh” should not be too surprising?'I came across this photo just after I was sent (thank you, reader P) the link to a report in today's The Independent newspaper which tells us, inter alia, that
'Tony Blair will call on Britain today to back “revolution” against anti-Western interests in the Middle East and beyond to combat the growing threat of radical Islam.
In a significant and controversial intervention, the former Prime Minister will suggest that, as a result of failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, governments in Europe and America have become “curiously reluctant to acknowledge” Islamic extremism.
This unwillingness to confront Islamism risks the 21st century being characterised by “conflict between people of different cultures”, he will warn.
Mr Blair will also call for Europe and America to put aside their differences with Russia and China and “co-operate” to fight what he describes as the “radicalised and politicised view of Islam” that is threatening their collective interests....
[He] is understood to be increasingly concerned by the failure of Britain and other Western countries effectively to tackle what he believes to be the growing threat of radical Islam – that combines politics with religion and opposes pluralistic societies....
While he does not specifically mention military intervention he makes clear that he believes Western “engagement” needs to go beyond the political. ...
The threat of this radical Islam is not abating,” he will say. “This struggle between what we may call the open-minded and the closed-minded is at the heart of whether the 21st century turns in the direction of peaceful co-existence or conflict between people of different cultures.”...'Many reading that will not be unmindful that it was Blair who during his prime ministership opened the floodgates in Britain to unfettered mass migration from the Third World including that of Islamists.
present views with regard to the radical Islamist threat around the word represents something of a "Motherhood" statement, and that those, such as our old mate the Vicar of Virginia Water whose co-religionists have the most to lose by the triumph of radical Islam (like the child in the above photo and his fellow Christians in the Middle East, not to mention the feminist brigade) would welcome Blair's remarks.
It seems I'm mistaken, at least as far as our old anti-Zionist mate is concerned (hat tip: reader P again).
Anything to say about the death and destruction meted out to your fellow Christians by the radical Islamists Blair warns against, vicar?