Are Islamists Trying to Drive Christians Out of Benghazi?

It’s not clear what role Ansar Al-Sharia, the Islamist militia behind the Benghazi September 11 attack is playing in these outrages, but it has returned and is reasserting authority in the city.

Meanwhile a marketplace dispute between Coptic Christian and Muslim vendors resulted in mass arrests of the Christians on charges of proselytizing.

Security official Hussein Bin Hmeid declared, “We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security.”

Libya is not a 100 percent Muslim country and Benghazi even contains a cathedral, but the assertion is predictive. With enough ethnic cleansing and harassment, Libya can be made into a 100 percent Muslim country. Similar tactics have been used to purge Christian populations across the Middle East and it may be possible that those tactics are coming to Libya.

Gunmen attacked an Egyptian Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, assaulting two priests.

Libya’s small Christian community has expressed fears over Islamist extremism as the government struggles to impose its authority over armed groups which have refused to lay down their weapons since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

In December, an explosion at a building belonging to a Coptic church in Dafniya, close to the western city of Misrata, killed two Egyptian men and wounded two others.

The Libyan government, chock full of Islamists, isn’t imposing its authority on the Islamist militias. In some cases it’s working hand in glove with them.

The arrests of Christians combined with an attack on a church in Benghazi strongly suggest that a concerted effort is being made to drive Christians out of Benghazi.

Obama justified his Libyan War by claiming that he was protecting the people of Benghazi. But when will Obama stand up for the Christians of Benghazi?

  • Mary Sue

    Obama's own words indicate that his job is to outreach to the Muslims of other countries. He can't do that effectively if he protects Christians in those same countries, of course! This has never been about protecting Christians, to Obama, and never will be.

  • JacksonPearson

    No thanks to Barack Hussein Obama II, and NATO, that's exactly what's transpiring in Libya.
    Like in Kosovo, NATO was misused by Obama in Libya.

    • Mary Sue

      yeah we all got duped hard about Kosovo.

      • JacksonPearson

        Bosnia, and Kosovo were diversions for Clinton's blue dress scandal. What was lost in the old and forgotten Ottoman wars, was re-won for Islam by William Jefferson Clinton.

        • Mary Sue

          Yeah, we were all told that the poor innocent Kosovar Muslims were being slaughtered and "ethnically cleansed" by the eeeevil Serbians. Heh. I wonder just how "innocent" those Kosovars are. I don't think Serbia took the action it did for kicks.

    • Toni_Pereira

      Don't forget the role of Blair. He was a bigger hypocrite than Clinton.

  • Edward Cline

    "But when will Obama stand up for the Christians of Benghazi?" Well, never. It's important to Arab-American relations that Christians be treated as dispensable, wherever they may be found, whether in Libya or Egypt or Iran or Iraq or Syria or…Well, you know where else.

  • defcon 4

    Does anyone know if the Christians of Lebanon, Nigeria and N. Africa being denied political refugee status by the US government in terms of immigration? Or Iranian Jews for that matter? Or the Hindus, Christians and Sikhs of Pakistan and Bangladesh?

  • Toni_Pereira

    "Obama justified his Libyan War by claiming that he was protecting the people of Benghazi. But when will Obama stand up for the Christians of Benghazi?"

    Well, he was talking about "His" People…

    Why do these people live with the fantasy that a western intervention will spontaneously generate a liberal democracy?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It is the aim of the Muslim Brotherhood to eliminate all religions but Islam and the choices are
    convert, pay a tax and live in servitude or die. Help from Obama is only for Islam and the
    conversion of all people to it, he will be using American tax dollars to send prayer rugs to
    the Vatican next for the Catholics to bow down after being attacked from behind where he leads.
    All of the death and destruction in the World so far is just the prelude to the next four years,
    survival will be hard and freedom in America is in doubt……………………….William

  • Brujo Blanco

    Sounds like Dearborn, MI. It is likely that there will be no Christians or Jews in North Africa or the Mideast. Obama has taken sides. The world is changing and not for the better.

  • Ar'nun

    Imagine some knuckle head in Israel declaring Israel a 60% Jewish Country. There would be a UN resolution with in 20 minutes claiming Israel as discriminatory.