CHARLOTTE, NC, July 20, 2014 — International media remain apathetic to Christian persecution in the Middle East.
Speaking on “Breitbart News Saturday” Dr. Sebastian Gorka addressed the subject after being asked by the host, Alex Marlow, why the press is not interested in the story.
Before Gorka gave his answer he called the situation “a Christian version of the Holocaust and nothing less.”
Gorka then went on to say that the West has done much to stand up for Muslims in the past two decades. “Whether it was to save the Muslims in Bosnia or the Albanians, Kosovars, and Muslims in Serbia, it is now time for a humanitarian operation to save the remaining Christians in Iraq,” he said. “It is time for the American people and our representatives to do something for our co-religionists remaining in the Middle East.”
Much of Gorka’s position is based upon the fact that Muslims are relative newcomers to the religious confrontations in the Middle East and around the world. Christianity existed at least 600 years before Muhammad’s first revelation inspired Islam, but today it is Christians and Jews who are the primary targets in the region.
Gorka went on to issue a scathing criticism against the press by asserting that “the mainstream media are warped in terms of their world view. So when it comes to the idea of religious persecution, they say, ‘Well who really cares because I don’t believe in God. If you are not sophisticated enough to be a post-modernist secularist… tough on you!’”
As Gorka, who is the National Security Editor for Breitbart, explains, it was the in-your-face victory laps the Obama administration took about the killing of Osama bin Laden and the president’s role in personally “destroying” al-Qaeda that gave rise to the formation of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Oddly enough, Raymond Ibrahim has a differing view that the evolution of ISIS, or the Islamic State as it is now called, may have some temporary benefits for non-Muslims in that region. That aspect of the story will be outlined in a separate article.
Jihadists recognize the media’s ideology that “a dark skin person always has to be the victim,” according to Garza. Islamic extremists use that knowledge heavily to their advantage to gain sympathy and to justify their violence.
Basically Islamic fundamentalism can be summed up in three words; justification, victimization and intolerance. That is the foundation of their strategy against the West.
Says Gorka, “Christians are politically targeted in America frequently; they are being physically targeted in Africa, Syria, and Iraq.”
Rarely do journalists and newspapers focus upon disrespect or insensitivity to Christians. Dark skinned minorities, however, are a constant narrative that frequently spurs debate for days or, even, months at a time. The Washington Redskins nickname is a prime example.
Odds are good that if they were called the Washington “Honkies” no one would care or think twice about it. There was certainly never a debate when the baseball team was known as the “Senators” which is a derogatory term that is just about as disgraceful as it can get in the nation’s capital.
The recent turmoil between Israel and Gaza is a clear indication of how the media relates to both sides of the issue. Part of that is also derived from the viewpoint of the current administration which frequently says one thing and then does another regarding Israel.
While the plight of Christians goes under-reported in the West, Muslim grievances are frequently over-reported with little or no in-depth knowledge of the subject. The result is a distortion of facts simply because they hit home within the common sense logic of Western mores.
Despite the number of Christians dying throughout the Middle East, Raymond Ibrahim says there is, at least, a sliver of relief in Syria/Iraq. Though open for debate, his conclusions are both interesting and worth consideration as we look at that part of the story tomorrow.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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