There’s a competition for the ‘Good Terrorist’ award, and the two front runners are laughably, if you ignore the victims, vying for your votes.
Al-Nusra, the original Iraqi injection of terrorists into Syria, has recently severed connections with the ISIL latecomers. Al-Nusra claims the ISIL is too brutal and continues to attack Muslims as part of the ant-Assad campaign. In their bid for your sympathy they fail to mention their complicity in the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Kurds in north-east of Syria, their beheading of Christians, the murder of civilian truck drivers, and the recent car bombing in Lebanon. The list of al-Nusra atrocities is long.
ISIL can claim an agreement with Christians in ar-Raqqah. These Christian Syrians have signed an agreement with ISIL that guarantees their protection, as long as they pay a head tax, refrain from building churches, eschew the carrying of weapons, and not display crosses or broadcast prayer services. The document concludes, "If they [the Christians] violate anything contained in this agreement, then they have no pact of protection, and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant will make befall them what befell the people of war and rebelliousness." We can only assume that this benevolence is meant to outweigh their car bombings targeting civilians, execution of unarmed soldiers, and the other atrocities documented by Human Rights Watch.
The date for the Good Terrorist Awards Ceremony has not yet been set.
February 28, 2014 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact