Sean Hannity observed that a holy war may be “brewing” in the Middle East, as he reported on the New Year’s Eve bombing of a Christian church in Egypt. Cliff May, a neoconservative and creator of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, was a little more excited about the prediction than Hannity. “In your intro you said a holy war is brewing,” May began. “It is not brewing, it is taking place.”
“Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities are being not just discriminated, but persecuted in Egypt and throughout the broader Middle East,” he added.
“Do you think we are headed for a modern day religious war in the Middle East?” Hannity asked.
“The war that is being fought now, the great global conflict in the world, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Gaza, this is one war and it is a religious war,” May explained. “Not because we want it to be, but because al Qaeda and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and various other radical Islamists and jihadists, they say it’s a religious war. That’s what a jihad means.”
“People forget jihad equals holy war,” Hannity concluded.