For many years, there has been a civil war of sorts raging in Muslim countries. Secular governments, of both Sunni and Shia affiliation, struggling to hold their grip on power. While terror groups of opposite affiliation struggle to wrest that control away.
This has led to bloody clashes between the two sects of Islam. Both sides are thinking that they are being persecuted. This thinking has resulted in many governments supporting terror groups in another. But things are changing.
The Islamist terror group behind Sunday’s suicide bombing in Pakistan has declared that the intended target of the religiously motivated attack that killed more than 70 children and adults was “Christians.”
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has taken credit for the Easter-Day massacre and specified its purpose.
“The target was Christians,” said JuA spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, who added that the jihadists wanted to send a message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “that we have entered Lahore.”
And this is not the first time that we can see that these types of targeted attacks have occurred. I reported yesterday, of the attacks on Christians throughout the Muslim world. Not just ISIS and Al Qaeda, but ordinary Muslims seeking to attack and silence Christians in their given region.
And it seems that the attack on a Yemen nursing home was religiously motivated.
The Islamic State attacked the center, described as “the only Christian presence in the region,” killing four nuns and abducting Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who also worked at the facility, in mid-March. The jihadists tied the nuns up, shot them, and “smashed their heads,” according to reports. Father Uzhunnalil’s whereabouts are unknown, though reports have surfaced that he may have been crucified on Good Friday.
The reason for this shift may have to do more with the idea that political and religious control go hand in hand. The Sunni and the Shia have and can live in peace, but the Christian is not acceptable.
If the Islamist can kill or run out the Christian, then he can count on more support from the community. This move is strategic but doomed to fail.