The Nusra Front accused members of the Druze minority of blasphemy in Syria's Idlib Province and massacred twenty innocent people, prompting a ludicrous headline in the Christian Science Monitor.
Syrian Druze massacre: Can jihadists salvage their image?
What image? They're terrorists. They're the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda. And they're identified right there in the headline as jihadists.
Some of us seem to be forgetting what jihadists are. How about we let them define themselves in their own words? “Jihad,” Abu Bakr Naji wrote in Al Qaeda's handbook, The Management of Savagery, “is naught but violence, crudeness, terrorism, frightening [people], and massacring.”
This isnot a description of Al Qaeda's behavior in New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11, 2001. This is a description of Al Qaeda's behavior in the Middle East and its treatment of Middle Easterners.
Apparently, though, the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda thinks it does have an image to bolster. So the leaders apologized and sent a delegation to the village of Qalb Lawzah to smooth everything over.
Even if we'd never heard of Al Qaeda and had no idea that they have a long and sordid history of mass murder and brutal totalitarian rule over every scrap of land they control, we'd still know this apology is bogus and that Al Qaeda is no better than ISIS. (Let's not forget that ISIS is simply the new name for Al Qaeda in Iraq.) We'd know this because Nusra Front “emir” Abu Mohamed al-Jolani said his army would protect minorities who “leave their religion and leave (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad.”
The Druze have to leave their religion!
That kind of protection is worth less even than mafia-style “protection.” Nusra wants the Druze to erase their religion and culture or die. The likes of Tony Soprano just wanted money.