The group that President Obama insists has nothing to do with Islam has once again made its allegiances known in the bloodiest of ways. This weekend, the Islamic State released another in a series of brutal videos, this one entitled, “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” No, that doesn’t feel religious in nature at all.
The video showed the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt. Before the captives were lined up in their orange jumpsuits and executed, a masked jihadist gave a spoken statement to the camera. Giving praise to Allah, the spokesman said this one went out to “all crusaders” who would join in the fight against ISIS. “We will fight you all together,” he said. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”
After the Egyptians were slaughtered, the masked man finished his address with a final warning: “And we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our prophet, peace be upon him.”
Strong Words From Strong Leaders
Pope Francis, speaking Sunday in Scotland, condemned the murders and said these atrocities should draw Christians closer together. “They were killed simply because they were Christians,” Francis said, providing an eerie echo to a message Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to Jews regarding the synagogue shootings in Copenhagen.
While Netanyahu used his platform to invite European Jews to seek safety and shelter in Israel, Francis called upon Christians in all lands to work towards unity. “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a witness that cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ.”
Weak Words From a Weak Leader
While the rest of the world pondered the religious ramifications of these brutal slaughters, the White House ignored them altogether. A statement condemned the killings but sidestepped the issue of faith. “The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” read the statement.
Once again, the U.S. is determinedly behind the rest of the planet when it comes to recognizing this growing threat. In a neverending quest for political correctness, Obama has missed another opportunity to see this jihad for what it is. Whether it’s part of some convoluted Middle East peace process, a desire to be as little like the Bush administration as possible, or a sign of Obama’s true allegiance, the result is the same. ISIS and their like-minded terrorists continue to grow in power, and the U.S. continues to pretend like this is a job for a local sheriff. Only when we as a modern civilization rise in unison against this threat will we eliminate it for good. Until then, we’ll just wait for the next tragedy.