Friday, October 3, 2014

A new crusade: Christians arm themselves against the Islamic State

It may be too little too late, but at least they want to protect what they have and try to push back against their ideological enemy, Islam.

Christians are rapidly becoming the carrier pigeon of the Middle East.

From the International Business Times September 30 by Jack Moore

Isis Threat to Crucify Lebanon's Christians as Islamic State Prepare to Cross Syria Border

Christians in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley have begun arming themselves in preparation for an Isis (now known as the Islamic State) offensive as it seeks to expand its territorial control outside of Syria.

Up to 3,000 militants from the Islamic State and other jihadists occupy the mountain range between Lebanon and Syria near the Sunni town of Arsal.

As IS seek to grab land outside of the mountain caves and farms they currently control, Christian volunteers have now created village defence forces to protect against the Sunni militants who have taken up to 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage.

"We are a minority and we are under threat by the jihadists," Rifaat Nasrallah, a commander of the volunteer guards in the Greek Catholic town of Ras Baalbek, said.

"It wasn't the idea of anyone in particular," Nasrallah says of the formation of defence units. "The whole village felt in danger so we all agreed it was necessary."

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