By William J. Murray, Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition
This article first appeared at Western Journalism.
President Barack Obama still continues to assist Islamic Sunni fighters including al-Qaeda, and the Republicans in Congress still supports him. When does this stupidity end?
On Sunday, June 7th under the direction of President Obama air strikes were conducted by Air Force and Navy attack aircraft in support of al-Qaeda.
U.S.-led coalition airplanes carried out four airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL) in the town of Suran in the Aleppo province during a battle between the Islamic State and the Islamist coalition led by Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.
The Islamic State had seized control of Suran the prior week and has since been fighting an alliance of Islamist rebels including Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham movement in the surrounding area.
The previous month Obama ordered air strikes against both Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. The last Obama ordered strike against the al-Qaeda affiliate was on May 20th near Aleppo province in Syria in which 15 Al-Nusra fighters were killed.
In May our tax dollars were used to bomb al-Nusra and in June our tax dollars were used to bomb the Islamic State and help al-Nusra take a town. All of the fighters involved are Sunni.
Summing up: Three to four years ago the United States helped to arm the al-Qaeda off shoot which became the Islamic State (ISIL) with the idea that it was more “moderate” than Jabhat al-Nusra, which is part of al-Qaeda. Then the United States armed Sunni fighters such as the Hazzm Movement, associated with the Free Syrian Army, to fight al-Nusra and the Islamic State. But the Hazzm Brigade joined with al-Nusra in January, 2015. Obama then ordered bombing al-Nusra along with the Hazzm Brigade which we had armed and trained. Then this month we bombed the ISIL during a battle to help al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliated groups including the Hazzm Brigade.
If you understand the paragraph above congratulations, because I wrote it and I don’t even understand it. No one can understand the so-called strategy of President Barack Obama in Syria. What is even more mind boggling is that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham want President Obama to do more of whatever it is he is doing.
President Obama and a majority of Republican Senators want to somehow defeat the secular government of Syria dominated by Shiites and disband that nation’s army, just as was done in Iraq. At the same time they want to defeat the Islamic State, as well as all al-Qaeda associated groups including al-Nusra. After all these groups are defeated, including the ones we armed and trained in the past, the final goal is to establish a “democracy” in Syria. That really worked well for us in Iraq, Libya and Yemen didn’t it?
What is the result of the plans advocated by Barack Obama, John McCain and Lindsey Graham? Hundreds of thousands of Christians driven from their homes. Thousands of Christian men murdered. Thousands of Christian women and young girls forced into Islamic marriages. Married Christian women having been used as sex slaves passed from one Sunni fighter to the next. That, and millions of both Christian and Muslim refugees starving in UN Camps.
President Obama and his pals in the Senate such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham have the absurd belief that the Sunni Muslim fighters they arm and train are actually going to carry out the will of a gay-loving, dope-smoking, alcohol consuming, over-eating, feminist dominated secular nation such as the United States, which they view as the great Satan. Reality check: The Islamic fighters we are arming, training and paying a monthly salary hate every aspect of America’s secular society, and particularly the transgender agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Whatever result Barack Obama and John McCain intended their campaign to rid the Middle East of secular governments is destroying the churches founded by the Apostles including Peter, Paul, and John.
The church at Antioch, Syria was founded by Peter and Paul. Church history, although not the Bible, indicates that Peter was a Bishop in Antioch for seven years and left his family there before traveling to Rome where he was executed. (Liber Pontificalis -9th century) It was in Antioch that the term “Christians” was first used (Acts 11:26).
There is reason to believe that families, some with the surname Semaan, in modern-day Syria and Lebanon are direct descendants of Peter. They are of course being driving out of their homes and their churches just as are all the Christians in the region thanks to Barack Obama.
In Iraq and Syria Christian men are being beheaded for refusing to convert to Isam. Their wives are being forced into sometimes ten and twenty “temporary marriages” a night. In Islam these are legal “marriages” although some last less than an hour. Younger Christian girls who are virgins do not face this fate but rather are taken as “wives” by senior Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters.
Although the Islamic State (ISIL) and al-Nusra have fought battles against each other when it comes to Christians they act in the same ruthless manner.
I travel to the Middle East often and meet with the victims of Islamic brutality. On my last trip I sat in the basement of a church and talked for hours with those who had escaped. The stories of the widows strike me the hardest.
I’m absolutely overwhelmed with emotion as I meet and talk with these widows.
One widow I met told me how they beheaded her husband using a knife as she was forced to watch. She sobbed as she told me how her husband gasped for air as the laughing executioner cut his throat.
This is the consequence they faced for refusing to denounce Christ and embrace Islam. Her oldest daughter was taken and probably sold as a slave “wife” to a senior ISIS fighter.
Another widow I met earlier this year wasn’t as fortunate as the first woman I mentioned. Her husband was taken and likely executed — likely beheaded. Then she was forced to submit to over twenty ISIS approved “marriages” and “divorces” over a period of less than two days before she was discarded.
These Islamic “marriages” are not much different than what you or I would call gang rape.
What’s more, these women have to watch as their sons, many as young as 14, are also systematically beheaded.
Girls as young as twelve are summarily taken for forced “marriages” to fighters. The younger Christian girls who are virgins are kept as permanent “wives” for fighters. The senior fighters and commanders of have as many as five wives which is allowed under Sharia law.
The married women whose husbands have been murdered are “used” for days or weeks to satisfy sexual appetites in these Islamic temporary “marriages.” After passing them around to multiple fighters night after night, they are told they can go. They don’t kill them because they want them to others of their torment. Why? Islam expands with the threat of terror and these rapes are true terror.
Some women then walk for days with no food, no water and often without even shoes to get to safe areas.
Another Christian widow told me of her teenage daughter who was taken and then returned to her with her throat slit because she had refused sex to her new “husband” and fought him off. She was fifteen!
Keep in mind these were people very much like you and me. Syria and Iraq were emerging nations — not third world. Most Christians were middle class with small families, were education and had careers. They weren’t out in the dessert with camels and tents, but had air-conditioned homes and cars. They lived much like the Jews lived in central Europe before Hitler.
Even when these Christians escape, making their way to refugee camps in Jordan, the young girls are still not safe. Because they are forcibly prostituted by ruthless Muslims to Saudi sheiks coming to find sex with young, innocent virgin girls.
Saudi men actually advertise on the Internet saying how much they will pay for a Syrian or Iraqi child bride. They will buy Christian, Shia or even Druse girls as young as twelve as slave brides.
President Obama and his feminist backers in NOW as well as Republican Senators can find no fault in Saudi men buying young Christian girls as slave wives. In their view the Christian men being beheaded and the enslavement and rape of their wives are just “collateral damage” in their efforts to help the Saudi royals wipe out the Shiite governments of the Middle East that lean to the secular. Why? They are allies of Iran and Iran is a “main enemy” of the Saudi royals. No amount of suffering of Christians matters as long as the United States is helping the Saudi royals do damage to Iran or its allies.
The only thing wrong with the plans of Barack Obama and his Saudi royal buddies is that the Christians of the Middle East have an ally who is watching, a God who will not let the slaughter of those who call upon the name of His Son go unpunished.
William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and project director of the Christmas for Refugee program which provides a Christmas for Christian refugee children from Iraq and Syria