Muslim Terrorists Who Love Their Christian Neighbors

Muslim Terrorists Who Love Their Christian Neighbors

Shia Muslims in Lebanon participate in the rituals of Ashura.

Photo: Al Jazeera.


Straight from that timeless proverbial truth, The enemy of your enemy is your friend, comes this Middle East surprise—in a region of the world seemingly devoid of it.

And, per the usual, truth is stranger than fiction.

Religion, politics, and their never-ending intertwining in Lebanon have given rise to a severely unexpected turn of events in the ideological and military battle against ISIS.

[For more context, see The New Yorker article by Robin Wright, "After the Islamic State."

Especially for American Christians (and other Christians) who might reflexively believe that most Muslims in that neck of the woods prefer to do harm to our brothers and sisters, it is the kind of surprise that shocks.

Hezbollah has done more for us than the Vatican.
— Rifaat Nasrallah, Lebanese Christian

In one of the oldest residences of historic Christianity, in the gaze of ISIS rockets, the leader of Hezbollah—formally and firmly entrenched for two decades on the US list of terrorist groups—told Lebanese Christians:

These are Christian villages, and we will protect them better than Shiite villages.

Time will tell, of course.

But hearing a little something surprising from the Middle East, and from Christian-Muslim relations, goes way beyond that kiddish notion of a Christmas miracle.


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