Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, through his spokesman, condemned "the recent upsurge of violence in Iraq at the hands of terrorist groups including the Islamic State (IS)" and stated "Reports of mass summary executions by IS are deeply disturbing and underscore the urgency of bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to justice." The Secretary-General's special envoy for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, also head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) stated that the "systematic persecution of minorities" and destruction of cultural heritage sites show that IS have total contempt for human values.
Warnings from U.S. officials about the terrorist Islamic State that has established a haven in Iraq and Syria sound ominously like the intelligence alerts that preceded al-Qaeda’s attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
Richard Ledgett, the deputy director of the National Security Agency, said at the Aspen Security Forum last week that the “most worrisome” threat he’s tracking are the thousands of foreign fighters training with the Islamic State. Lisa Monaco, the White House counterterrorism adviser, said at the same gathering that the al-Qaeda spinoff poses a potential danger to the U.S. homeland.
Military transformations can be hard to detect. They generally occur over decades, sometimes over generations. Soldiers are usually the first to recognize them, but for the perceptive, the signs of a sea change developing on today’s battlefields are there. Look carefully at media images of ground fighting across the Middle East, and you will notice that the bad guys are fighting differently than they have in the past.
If Muslims can build mosques in Christian lands, Christians should be able to build churches in Muslim lands.
Signs point to what seems to be the birth of a Nazi-like state (“Islamic State” or Caliphate) in parts of Iraq and Syria. Like the Nazis, the operatives of the newly declared “Islamic State” began to identify their targets, especially Christians, but women and other religious minorities as well.
The Gaza conflict of 2014 and the clearing of the Rab’a Al Adawiya encampment in 2013 may seem to have little in common. In fact, a comparison of the two events, without belaboring the analogy, can give insight into the current torment in the region.
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Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.