ISIS Kills More Coptic Christians in Libya

In a fairly confusing 29 minute video (I'm not providing the link), ISIS militants in Libya executed several Ethiopian Coptic Christians. Here's Reuter's article on the killings.

Why is it confusing? There appear to be two sets of killings, one at a beach and one in an un-scenic field. The beach killings are similar to those a few months ago of Egyptian Coptic Christians. At first I thought it was a flashback, but the killers are wearing different clothes, and the victims are different. There's no indication of when the men in the field or the second beach group were killed.

The White House has issued this statement.

The leader in this video is the same American sounding English speaker in the Egyptian Coptic video. [More...]

He gives a little talk, explaining that Christians who convert and pay a tax won't face any harm from him. But to not accept Allah is unacceptable. Apparently, these aren't the only seized Ethiopian Christians, just the ones who wouldn't convert and pay. [More...]

The video covers a lot of topics. There's some English translation. It begins with ISIS's version of Christian history. There's a religious advisor in it who appears to be Anas Al-Nashwan, who used to be with al Qaida in Afghanistan.

The killing scenes at the end are very brutal. The group in the field are all shot simultaneously. Then it switches to the beach and those victims are beheaded. It's the most graphic closeup of beheadings I've seen yet. Truly horrible.

I think the point they are making is that they are not out to kill, but to convert. But anyone who resists conversion will be killed.

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    The White House gets it wrong again (none / 0) (#1)
    by thomas rogan on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 09:28:07 PM EST
    ISIL is not "trying to sow discord".  It, both in Libya and in the middle east, is trying to engage in ethnic and religious cleansing which would be genocide if there were still any great numbers or Christians to be murdered and "cleansed".  
    At least this White House is consistent--it does as little about extremists who happen to be Islamic and who murder/kidnap Christian blacks in Nigeria and Kenya as it does about the ISIL folk who murder Ethiopians, Egyptians, and Iraqi Christians.

    What is your solution, rogan? (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by christinep on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 09:35:50 PM EST
    Everyone is angry and frustrated. That is a given ... so, what do you do?  Do you bluster? Threaten? Yell and shake your fists?  C'mon, this is about more than little boy snorts ... it is about strategy and implementation of strategy?  And, let me suggest something: If it were so easy as dropping a bomb or two, that would have been done.  We all really know that.  It seems to me that what you are really expressing is the impotence of immaturity.

    The weekly ISIS atrocity (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jack203 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 10:11:43 PM EST
    Used improbably as propaganda

    Not a positive reflection on humanity.

    Eventually we need to make peace with the Sunnis in Syria, Iraq, and now Libya.  But it seems we are as far away from that point as ever.  

    Not to mention (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Jack203 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 10:17:51 PM EST
    We are siding with the Sunnis against the Shiites in Yemen.  And with the Shiites against the Sunnis in Iraq and Libya.

    It's like during WW2 if we allied with England and Japan, or Germany and Russia at the same time.

    Do not try to make sense out of that.  Because there is no sense.

    We are flying blind in the Middle East.  Reactionary, clueless and without any kind of winning strategy.  And this with the sanest commander in chief and administration we could ask for or expect.