By Christopher W. Holton
The Islamic State is back at their “fundraising” efforts, which always seem to involve some form of monstrously illegal activity.
Whether it’s black market oil sold through our “allies” in Turkey or black market antiquities sold to unscrupulous art dealers in the West…or simple ransom…the Islamic State has a great need for funding.
And, unfortunately, they seem to have had great success in securing that funding.
Their latest scheme involves a demand for a $12 million ransom for releasing hundreds of Christian hostages.
Hundreds of Assyrian Christians were taken by IS in Syria back in February.
Last week Arabic-language TV channels began showing an Islamic State-released video depicting three Assyrian Christian men dressed in the usual orange jumpsuits before they were shot dead in a typical barbaric scene.
One of the hapless hostages stated that the Islamic State would begin executing the remaining prisoners if the Jihadists’ demand for $12 million was not met.
Assyrian church leaders in Syria and Lebanon have appealed to the Assyrian diasporas abroad and representatives of international organizations to help save the lives of the Christian hostages. Thus far no Western political leaders or religious leaders have commented on this turn of events.