Al-Qaeda: Defender of Christians?

zawMuslim persecution of Christians is the “Achilles’ Heel” of the global Islamic movement’s image—the surest way of exposing its supremacist and intolerant elements and one of the main reasons the major media and establishment rarely report or address it.

The logic (fully explained here) can be summarized as follows:

Islamic and jihadi attacks targeting the West or Israel pose no problem to the image of Islam.  No matter how violent or brutal, no matter how many Islamic slogans are shrieked—“Allah commands the subjugation of infidels!”—Muslim violence against the West and Israel will always be dismissed as desperate acts of disempowered, oppressed, and frustrated Muslims—the “underdogs,” which the West tends to romanticize.

And so they will always get a free pass, without further reflection.

But if jihadis get a free pass when their violence is directed against those stronger than them, how does one rationalize away their violence when it is directed against those weaker than them—in this case, the millions of Christians being persecuted today by Muslims across 41 nations?

This is the dilemma that none other than Ayman al-Zawahiri, chief of al-Qaeda, understands.

A few days ago, the Associated Press reported that:

It was a rare call by Ayman al-Zawahri in defense of Christians, who largely supported the popularly backed coup against Mohammed Morsi and were subsequently targeted by a wave of violence.

In an audio message posted on militant websites, al-Zawahri said it was not in the interest of Muslims to be engaged with the Christians because “we have to be busy confronting the Americanized coup of (Gen. Abdel-Fattah) el-Sissi and establish an Islamic government instead.”

El-Sissi is Egypt’s defense minister who overthrew Morsi after millions of Egyptians protested to demand he step down. The head of the Coptic church supported the coup along with other groups.

“We must not seek war with the Christians and thus give the West an excuse to blame Muslims, as has happened before,” al-Zawahiri said.

Although Maamoun Youssef, the AP reporter who wrote this story, portrays it as “a rare call by Ayman al-Zawahri in defense of Christians,” and although the report is titled “Al-Qaida leader opposes fighting Christians,” in fact, Zawahiri’s communique has nothing to do with “defending Christians” or “opposing” the overall jihad on them.

Indeed, Zawahiri himself played an important role in inciting mass violence against Coptic Christians following the anti-Islamist June 2013 Revolution—leading to the destruction of some 80 churches, some with al-Qaeda flags planted atop them.

Moreover, Zawahiri’s like-minded brother and Salafi front-man, Muhammad, allegedly called ousted president Morsi while he was still in office, insisting that the latter take measures to force Christians to pay jizya and live in abject humiliation, according to Koran 9:29.

Instead, Zawahiri’s rationale for this communique “in defense of Christians” is that, in his own words, “We must not seek war with the Christians and thus give the West an excuse to blame Muslims.”

Zawahiri knows that Islamic jihadis waging terrorist attacks on Egypt’s military and state targets will be portrayed in the West as oppressed and frustrated “freedom fighters” doing whatever is necessary to overthrow “tyrannical” powers.

But such “heroic” depictions disappear once these same jihadis persecute the unarmed Christian minorities in their midst simply for being Christian.

Zawahiri understands that, not only are such attacks strategically ineffective—kill all the Copts you want, it won’t bring Morsi back—but they unequivocally expose the true face of the “freedom fighters,” one that can only be seen as inherently fascistic and intolerant.

And the fear that Zawahiri and others have is that some people in the West might actually begin to connect the dots and conclude that, if jihadis persecute Christian minorities simply because they are non-Muslim “infidels,” perhaps that is also the true reason they are at war with Israel, the West, and non-Muslims everywhere.

Perhaps the jihad is less about political and territorial “grievances” and more about religious intolerance and Islamic supremacism—as unprovoked attacks on disenfranchised non-Muslim minorities clearly indicate; as al-Qaeda’s once clandestine writings to fellow Muslims indicate.

Hence, the true reason why the astute Zawahiri is trying to call off the jihad on Christians.

For now, anyway.

Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.

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  • Hassan

    End all Zionist and Western oppression, return all stolen land, and relations will improve vastly.

    • southwood

      No. You are following the Muslim line, like the true Muslim you apparently are. You have (deliberately ?) not understood the article. It is saying just the opposite, namely that Muslim persecution occurs when they have NO excuse. What is their excuse for attacking the Copts, who make up about 10% of Egypts population. What about the persecution of the tiny Christian minority in Pakistan ? Persecution of the “infidel” is mandated in the quran.

      When the Western governments, political organizations and main stream media in the West begin to put the plight of persecuted Christians in the spotlight and stand up for them, THEN the situation will “improve vastly”, as al Zawahiri well knows.

      • Hassan

        There are no attacks against copts. In almost all cases the copts are the aggressors, and muslims are only defending themselves. As for the rest, everyone can become victims of crime. You should know all about that in your decadent and crime infested country.

        • southwood

          Hassan, the evidence is overwhelming. Muslims are violent persecutors. These are crimes. Also your repression of women is a crime. You cannot lecture anyone about crimes. Dishonesty is bred in you.

          • Jon MC

            No, no,no,no Southwood.
            Hassan is quite correct: the Copts are the “aggressors” in that they have been summoned to Islam by the (oh-so) Noble Brothers of Ikwan and – sinners that they are – have aggressively refused to convert to “allah’s religion” by saying “ta, but no thanks”.
            Also, they are refusing to pay the Jizya as good little Dhimmis must, a second aggression against the poor oppressed Muslim majority of Egypt.
            Technically they are “Kafir harbi Mustamen” since they have been granted permission and safety by the (non-Islamic) rulers of Egypt. (“Harbi”s are people at war with Islam and “enemies of islam” – just ask the local Mullahs organising attacks on the Copts.)
            Thus by their ‘aggressive’ refusal to pay Jizya as non-Muslims are obligated to do in Islamic Countries and refusing to convert to Islam when summoned they have committed two sins/crimes against Islam and the Muslims.
            In turn the Muslims are righteously ‘defending’ themselves and Islam against such an egregious doubleassault and aggression by the Copts when they burn down Churches, rape, pillage and murder the Copts who’s offence is of such magnitude that it is the Muslims’ Holy Duty to wage sword-jihad against them.

            What is really sad is that I’ve actually heard such things ‘defended’ in the manner described above by orthodox Muslims

          • southwood

            Jon MC, a few years beck in Indonesia when the Muslims were massacring Christians by the thousands, burning down their homes, churches and carrying out many other atrocities, the Muslim government unexpectedly stepped in to halt the persecution. The jihadists’ response ? They objected that their civil rights were being restricted !

        • Softly Bob

          Yes, because Copts who make up just 10% of the Egyptian population are terrifyingly good at frightening and attacking the 90% Muslim population that lives there!
          Give the lies a rest, Hassan. Your nose must be about 10 feet long by now.

        • IronYank

          Hassan, to say that there are no attacks against Copts is a bald faced lie and everyone here knows it

        • iluvisrael

          I guess those moslem savages in the Nairobi mall massacre were “defending themselves” – go take a dump in your koran!

        • defcon 4

          This is the EXACT same type of lie a Turkish islam0nazi tried to tell me about the Armenian genocide. He tried to turn the victims (some 2.5 million Armenian and Assyrian Christians killed by Turkish and Kurdish islam0nazis) into the perpetrators — a sick, twisted interpretation of history that is taught as history in Turkey today. This was the point at which I told the short, Turkish pig to FOAD.

    • Allah is Dead

      when will the muslim crusades end

      • Hassan

        What an oxymoron.

        • Softly Bob

          Allah is not dead yet. He will be thrown into the lake of fire when God decides the time is ready.

        • defcon 4

          You’re all moron.

        • rightrightright

          Your debating skills reveal the logic of a moronic ox.

    • Big_Foot

      Yes, let’s end oppression, land stealing, conquest, suppression of indigenous cultures, and slavery.

      In order to do that, we’d have to end Islam, which is guilty of all of the above.

    • patrioticCanadian

      Sure go back to the saud pennisula with every muslim. After all beyond arabia islam owns nothing that was not stolen.

      • defcon 4

        Not true. Muhammad himself stole the lands and properties that belonged to Jewish tribes that were there (i.e. in Soddy Barbaria) before he was born.

        • patrioticCanadian

          True but you need to stuff the barbarians somewhere. Why not in the hot desert?

    • UCSPanther

      You first pal. You Muslims have a lot of stolen land to return: Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Tunisia.

      You know, land that you have taken in conquest…

      Don’t try to hide behind the mask of anti-imperialism, because your history shows that you are some of the worst offenders in that respect. Us infidels have a name for such a person: Hypocrite…

      And keep your filthy hands off of historical artifacts. You have done enough damage to those items in the first place.

    • DeathToFilthyCultOfMohammed

      How about YOU returning Northern Cyprus to Greeks? Or Assyria to Christians? Or Pakistan to Hindus? Or Indonesia to Buddhists and Christians? Or many more examples? ‘a muslim’ is a SYNONYME word for ‘a hypocrite’.

    • iluvisrael

      so many moslems acted like savage beast way, way before the creation of Israel – nice try shiitehead

  • Elwi Ali Helal

    Black comedy al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood defend Christians after THEY HAVE BURNED dozens of Christians CHURCHES in Egypt , stole CHRISTIANS money AND killed MANY OF THE EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS who owned shops and other private properties Its clearly here the kindness of ALqaeda and Muslim brothers hearts

    • defcon 4

      Egyptian muslimes did the same thing to Egypt’s once prosperous and ancient Jewish community, which is why there are only a handful of Jews left in islam0fascist Egyptistan today.

      • Elwi Ali Helal

        Am a Muslim and There is a say
        …Islam is the perfect religion… but I am
        not … If I make a mistake ..Dont blame Islam …But blame me You ,I and every body believe in any of God his almighty religions knows that all religions call for the best of humanity But we as human some of us use religion and trade with it for personal life benefits you may find this in Jewish s ,Christians and Muslims I believe that God made religions for a reason and the reason am so sure that the reason is so good for us i have met in my life time so many people cause of my job those people with difference religions i believe that all religions is perfect but we are not

        • Hass

          Now repeat the exact opposite of what you just said and it’ll be plausible. But you won’t and can’t cause we know why.

  • Allah is Dead

    Islam is an evil cult.

    • Dyer’s Eve

      Substitute the third letter in the last word with and ‘n’ and you’ll be closer to the truth of what Islam is.

  • Lanna

    Once a liar, always a liar. No one is going to trust AlQaeda, or their Taqiyya which they use to dupe their enemies. Islam’s days are numbered!

  • IronYank

    It almost sounds like Al Zawahiri got his talking points from the Obama administration since they are both rooting for the brotherhood here. I wouldnt be surprised too if Obama was working hand in hand with Al Qaeda to try & bring Morsi back into power. Perhaps one of the Brotherhood supporters in Obamas goverment got word to Al Qaeda to not persecute christians & maybe Obama will help them overthrow El-sisi.

  • pacman925

    I am not supporting the muslims in any way, I HATE the fact that over 100,000 Christians have been slaughtered the past several yrs. && I HATE that obama & OUR tax-payer’s dollars are giving the muslims billions of dollars & guns…..but,

    Our Media has pushed muslims & christians in the war, but the zionist’ are the one’s that own the media. THAT is True ! Many ignorant articles have pushed us into the wars in middle east the past 10 yrs. I do know that many people have NOT deeply researched the truth of 9/11, & I mean…the so-called hijackers was NOT from Iraq, but saudi arabia. So, why did we attack iraq ? WND was obviously a big lie ! I wonder why the muslims hate americans today ?? Because he attacked millions of them first ?? Maybe, the only country enriched since 9/11 was the zionist’s. So, truly who should we be fighting with ?

    • DeathToFilthyCultOfMohammed

      What does Saudi terrorism have to do with Zionists? Zionism is basically an ideology is just an ideology which calls for Jews to relocate into one certain country of theirs. So basically anyone who recognizes Israel’s right to exist or even says ‘go off the USA/EU/else’ like some white nationalists do, they basically support Zionism in a way (indirect way). I mean yes, USA and Saudi lick each other asses, but i still don’t get an idea. Btw, i agree, Iraq was a secular while Saudi is a batshit crazy theocracy, USA should’ve bombed it into dust and turn it into stone-age a hellhole. Saudis and USA lick each other asses, yeah, but hey you don’t believe that USA is always a Zionist puppet because well Obama is veeeeeeeery anti-Israel.

      • defcon 4

        Obama is “Zionist puppet”? Are you:
        a. stupid?
        b. muslime?
        c. on psychoactive drugs?
        d. all of the above?

    • iluvisrael

      stick with playing pacman in yo momma’s basement – you’re much to stupid to participate in any meaningful discussion

    • defcon 4

      Does your zabiba hurt?

  • Thoughtful

    Hmm, I wonder. Hassan may have a point. To what extent is Israeli imperialism fueling the general hostility for Christians in the region? I mean, before the creation of Israel, there were hardly any attacks on Christians. We need to be more open minded and critical here, and not just pin everything on ‘Islam,’ you know….

    • Crusader

      Yeah, there were not many attacks on Christians because almost all countries been colonized and underwent thru process of secularization and were under colonial rule which protected Christians. You know that secular dictators like Assad, Saddam, Gaddafi or Sisi are only here because of West and USSR? Arabs were introduced to the concepts of secularism, socialism, democracy, capitalism and so on by global powers which sorta civilized these muslim folks. They didn’t know about such things, they only knew about religious authority rule. If we didn’t bother, there would be a big islamic state (or a bunch of them) with sharia as the source of law and Christians would be persecuted anyway. And sharia hates Christians. Well, i didn’t say there were not attacks at all, actually there WERE attacks on Christians, e.g. ethnic cleansig of Greeks, Assyrians, Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Your point about Israel is not right.

    • defcon 4

      “hardly any attacks on Christians”. Your Al Taqiyya needs a lot more work Farshad Al Dunce.

  • marty


    Lets have a beer and a pork chop & discuss this like adults.

    • defcon 4

      Maybe we can kindle a Bar-B-Q with pages from the holey koran!

      • Hass

        LoL, you’re using the “Holey” Koranimal too now.

  • IslamAndPeaceIsOxymoron

    Whenever i heard news about muzzies, i understand that they immedeately need some kinda psychiatric treatment because it’s almost like as if they live in a parallel world. E.g. Obama is a big fan of Morsi, his administration even made requests to liberate Morsi from the prison. However, muslim retards like Zawahiri still think that it’s always the West behind the curtains… i’m surprised that he didn’t mention muzzies’ favourite fetish: the zionists (ya know, these ultra-powerful guys who train sharks to attack tourists to hurt Egyptian tourism industry, etc).

  • Ross

    Yes, and a good example is the constant harassment of Christians here in Indonesia, where most, though not all, ‘moderate’ Muslims cower before the fanatics.

    Christians here number maybe 5- 8% of the population, and are no conceivable threat, but still Islamist ‘scholars’ and thug gangs target them.

    • defcon 4

      You live in Islamonesia? Do you live near Aceh?

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