This has been the standard policy of devout Islam since the Islamic world conquest began in 630. There is a difference between “reprisal” and “intimidation.” The same thing has been happening in Iraq and is going on in Syria. The same thing has been going on, unreported for centuries. Philip Jenkins said it this way about the Ottoman Empire,
“The modern concept of genocide as a uniquely horrible act demanding international sanctions has its root in the thoroughly successful movements to eradicate Middle Eastern Christians.” Jenkins, page 140He then goes on to give some data you may not have heard before.
“Even in 1900 Muslims made up just half the empires overall population: Christians comprised 46 percent; Jews, 3 percent.” Jenkins, page 149In case you are lacking in geography and history, the Ottoman Empire was modern Turkey with its borders extended east through Armenia and South into Israel.
And more specifically,
“Constantinople, which had over four hundred thousand Christians in 1920, today has perhaps 4,000. The city’s final Greek remnants largely vanished during a sweeping race riot in 1955.” Jenkins, page 163Read those numbers again, friends. During the time we are looking at we had the Armenian holocaust by the Turks. Islam has not been nice to Christians.
Jenkins, Philip. The Lost History of Christianity, New York: Harper One, 2008.
To be continued...
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