Islamist Hostage Takers in Algeria Vow To Only Kill Christians

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. Absolutely nothing. It’s just a wacky coincidence that the terrorists are Muslim, but their agenda has nothing to do with Islam.

That’s why the Islamist Al Qaeda linked terrorists who have taken hostages in Algeria promise that they won’t kill Muslims. Just non-Muslims.

Islamist gunmen who seized hundreds of gas plant workers in the Sahara told Algerian staff they would not harm Muslims but would kill Western hostages they called “Christians and infidels”, a local man who escaped said on Thursday.

In a rare eyewitness account of Wednesday’s dawn raid deep in the desert, a local man employed at the facility told Reuters the militants appeared to have good inside knowledge of the layout of the complex and used the language of radical Islam.

“The terrorists told us at the very start that they would not hurt Muslims but were only interested in the Christians and infidels,” Abdelkader, 53, said by telephone from his home in the nearby town of In Amenas. “We will kill them, they said.”

And they did.

This isn’t really a hostage situation. The goal is to murder non-Muslims while embarrassing the United States, France and the Algerian government.

Muslim terrorism over the last 60 years has been aimed at creating a crisis that the international community then tries to resolve with appeasement. That is how Muslims in America achieved such prominence after murdering 3,000 people on September 11. That’s how the Arab militias around Israel became the “Palestinian People.” It’s how Al Qaeda expects to be able to keep Mali.

  • Phyllis

    I had wondered if the hostages who were executed were Christians. Thank you for reporting on that. So far, you are the only one I know of to do so.

  • Michael Copeland

    Special request: don't let"s dignify criminals with the word "execute" (as applied after due judicial process in the West). "Murdered" will do fine.