As I have written before, despite being a vocal critic of Islam, I wholeheartedly support the work of Muslim reformers-of whom there are precious brave, few. Among those reformers is the British Maajid Nawaz, and, as I have indicated in the past, I do have my disagreements with him. And yet, no one describes the Islamists the wrath of whom he has been dealing with better than Nawaz himself.
It is certainly interesting, but not surprising. It goes back to the core Islamic tradition that “Muslims are one body (“Ummah”), if you hurt one, you have hurt them all”. (Never mind the oft heard claim that jihadis’ behavior is “un-Islamic”; that is for non-Muslim consumption only.) As such, many Muslims find no problem with trying to negotiate with IS or Al Qaeda, but no us dirty atheists; even though they have blood on their hands and we don’t.