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Raymond Ibrahim

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May 10, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Over at Fox News, I describe how we are reliving early Islamic history, including how the “Islamic world” came into being: namely, by usurping the lands of others:

A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world—much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian—came into being.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”

Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this conclusion. Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators.

In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.

The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.

Now as the U.S. supports the jihad on secular president Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away.

In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs—which had a Christian population of some 80,000 before jihadis came—was murdered. One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians…. Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.”

In Egypt, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their homeland soon after the “Arab Spring.” In September 2012, the Sinai’s small Christian community was attacked and evicted by al-Qaeda linked Muslims, Reuters reported.

But even before that, the Coptic Orthodox Church lamented the “repeated incidents of displacement of Copts from their homes, whether by force or threat. Displacements began in Ameriya [62 Christian families evicted], then they stretched to Dahshur [120 Christian families evicted], and today terror and threats have reached the hearts and souls of our Coptic children in Sinai.”

Iraq, Syria, and Egypt are the Arab world. But even in “black” African and “white” European nations with Muslim majorities, Christians are fleeing…

Continue reading on Fox or on my website where the full article appears (it had to be shortened to meet Fox’s word count limit).

Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim’s dual-background -- born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East -- has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.

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Oil production should also be fleeing the area. The Middle Eastern and West African oil production are increasingly under threat and besides oil money is the main source of revenue for international terrorism. Our oil supplies should be secured by drilling and refining at home whilst working on real alternatives (excluding wasteful ethanol).

Of course, we should have been doing this since the oil crisis under Carter. Pity we didn't take the hint: it would have saved us a great deal of trouble.
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The Islamist's are doing what they are programmed to do. With their impending cultural and demographic collapse, this trend could be reversed in 2-3 generations. This does nothing to remove the pain and suffering of the current dislocation...but I don't believe it is permanent.
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This is not entirely bad news. Once all the Christians and Jews are out of the region, we'll have fewer qualms about sealing it off from the rest of the world.

Quarantine is the sole remaining option to genocide.
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Sad here that there is only 4 comments . Out of sight out of mind I guess.
All Christians need to forward this article to their representatives and keep on them until there is some action taken. Stop all aid to those countries that allow this to happen within their borders.
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The Tatler rarely gets lots of comments, because the stories cycle through so rapidly. You are making a faulty assumption as to cause, a common mistake.
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This is in large part due to 'our' insane 'Islamic Nation Building"/COIN.
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More so due to the Islamophile in chief and a corrupt congress and state dept. Hell republican politicians are ignoring this as well. Even most conservative blogs are ignoring it. As I said , out of sight -out of mind.....
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It would seems Islam's followers don't make good neighbors. Not surprising when the tenets of the religion seem to codify the very worst impulses man is prone to. Let's get NASA right on helping them feel better about themselves. Oh yeah, Obama already did that bit.
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Thank you for your reports, Mr. Ibrahim. I always read your articles when they appear here in PJM. I really ought to get in the habit of reading them at your website....
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