Skip to comments.Islamic militants attack Baghdad Catholic parish during Mass; dozens slain
Posted on 11/01/2010 3:57:58 PM PDT by Salvation
Gunmen linked with al-Qaeda stormed a Catholic church in Baghdad during Mass on October 31.
They entered the church with their weapons, wearing military uniforms, said an 18-year-old who survived the attack. They came into the prayer hall and immediately killed the priest.
After the gunmen took the worshippers hostage, US troops and Iraqi police stormed the parish in a rescue attempt. One gunman detonated a suicide belt, and a shootout ensued, leaving at least 37 hostages and 7 members of security forces dead along with 5 terrorists.
The Islamic State of Iraq-- the Iraqi al-Qaeda affiliate-- said it was responsible for attacking what it called the dirty place of the infidel which Iraqi Christians have long used as a base to fight Islam. The group said that it was taking action in support of Muslims in Egypt, charging that Muslim women are being held hostage by Coptic Orthodox clerics. The group warned that it could take action against the Copts next.
At a midday audience on November 1, Pope Benedict XVI decried the senseless violenceall the more ferocious because it affected defenseless civilians.
Faced with the brutal violence that continues to tear the peoples of the Middle East apart, the Holy Father added, I renew my appeal for peace. Chaldean Catholic Bishop Shlemon Warduniwho visited survivors on Monday, together with Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Dellyremarked that the Christian community no longer feel safe, not even in the House of God. He predicted that the attack would trigger a new round of emigration as Iraqi Christians look for security elsewhere.
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I know this happened yesterday, but I believe there are some additional facts here. (As well as other sources.)
One seems to ask, "Why, Lord?" But then I remember that out of every difficulty a greater good will come.
With all due respect, all that can come out of a radical muzzie atrocity is the time span until the next one.
Sad but true — until they themselves are exterminated.
Thousands of American casualties to bring the “blessings of democracy” to this Mohammedan cesspool and this is what we have to show for it, more dead Eastern Christians!
Yet one more story from the Middle East that you’ll never see from any MSM outlet.
And Zero lectures the U.S. about tolerance.
Says NOTHING to Muslims other than a string of apologizes showing weakness and provoking further attacks.
I cannot say that the Pope is wrong to urge prayer for peace, but the Muslims understand much better the actions of a previous Pope. Pope UrbanII who launched the first crusade.
I believe one day a new crusade will have to be launched. These Islamics have no intention of backing off any time soon, and the atrocities in the Middle east will become worse as they become more powerful.
If I were a Christian in the Middle east, I would remember the holocaust and run before the Islamics fire up the ovens.
So true Sam.
**If I were a Christian in the Middle east, I would remember the holocaust and run before the Islamics fire up the ovens.**
May be happening there now — how would we know?
But those ovens are a gruesome sight — saw them at Auschwitz.
You can now expect our mooooooooderate US muslims to get to the streets to officially protest this barbarism. Our muslims are soooooo very different from those you find elsewhere.
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Each Muslim in any country not ruled by Sharia Law is required to identify that country as Dar-Al-Harb...Land of War.
The Islamic definition of peace is not a Western definition.
The most bizarre aspect of this is that Saddam Hussein actually protected Christians in Iraq (which is why so many were safe there until his government fell). I remember when the US invaded, Iraqi Christians in Michigan warned what would happen in the vacuum that would be created in his absence (I believe he had actually helped build a Chaldean-Rite Church in their area). His deputy prime minister (Aziz?) is a Christian (I believe he was just sentenced to death for some thing or other).
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US military should have a high-level task force to fully investigate these incidents and target the attackers involved for severe reprisal. It is our responsibility. This genocide against Christians is one of the worst legacies of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
That is because Sadadam was a secularist and ran a secular government.
Unfortunately Iraq seems to be an Islamist country now.
1 Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength? I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2 Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? 3 I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. 4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come. 5 I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me. 6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth. -- Is: 63:1-6 NKJV
Here's to it being sooner rather than later.
Best reaction to this story:
1. Religion of Piece strikes again
2. This is all Bush’s fault/sarc
3. This is all Israel’s fault/sarc
4. The Pope provoked this with his inflammatory rhetoric/sarc
5. All of the above.
“US military should have a high-level task force to fully investigate these incidents and target the attackers involved for severe reprisal.”
A nice idea, but we can’t even keep our troops anywhere near Iraqi population centers without high losses; they’ve pulled them back to remote bases, and they’ll operate as mobile strike forces from there, but these attackers (and a large number of other Iraqis) are part of the general population.
Absolutely; the Shah has been replaced by an Ayatollah, so to speak. The radical Muslims we’re fighting there are the same enemies Saddam kept at bay (and we were happy to arm him to do it, both in Iraq and in Iran).
We can't guard the churches. That might backfire anyway. However, we should make it a priority to find out who is behind the attack. Which imam, tribal sheik, cell group, or militia did this? They should be hit them extra hard. That might give the Christians some breathing space to survive, even as our presence scales back. Otherwise, our legacy may be said to include the ethnic cleansing of Christians from Iraq.
“Otherwise, our legacy may be said to include the ethnic cleansing of Christians from Iraq.”
It already is; they’re leaving, and not going back. There is no way to secure them; at least in Lebanon they were almost half of the population (and still lost). As the French took many of them in back then, so we are taking in many of these Christians. If the US can’t deal with those killing US troops, what can they hope to achieve against those targeting Iraq’a Christians?
"Sangria martyria sperma eccelesia"---the blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church.
i'm surprised there are any Christians left...
Won’t happen with Obama calling the shots. He has yet to condemn the attack.
Oh yes he did! He said the Muslims acted stupidly.
Oh wait, that was someone else.
Nevermind (in my best Emily Litella voice).
Islam (for the most part) is from the pit of He!!
There is NO such thing as moderate Muslim, there command is to CONQUER, CONVERT, or KI!! the Americans and Jews.
Many contend that Obama is nothing more than a PANSY that is masquerading and pandering to the FREAKS of this world.
In addition, many believe he is nothing more than a MUSLIM OPERATIVE bent on destroying America from within.
As if Bush didn't? Get real.
This catastrophe of Christian depopulation in Iraq is the direct consequence of the wicked decision to launch this unnecessary war. The blood of these martyrs is on the hands of Bush and the neocon hustlers who directed him. God forgive us.
Some people's devotion to "democracy" seems to violate the First Commandment.
From my post of 2/22/2003:
Christians in the Middle East are in a perilous position everywhere -- especially in Iraq. If you think Saddam Hussein's secular Baathist thugocracy is a menace to the Christian community, just wait till "democracy" is installed, reflecting the views of the majority, who are fervently Shi'ite and have already indicated their intent to hold out for shari'a as the basis for their new islamic republic. If you're wondering whether US taxpayers are about to sponsor another triumph for Christianity along the lines of Kosovo, my guess is, Yes.
Bush's fault. And how.
Those slain are Martyrs now, adoring the Face of God.
Remember the early Christian Martyrs being slaughtered by Pagan Rome, and Rome was then converted.
“The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of the Church.”
May God comfort and help the survivors and the families of those murdered by ISLAMIC militants this past Sunday.