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We Have Betrayed Iraqi Christians Twice
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/18/13 | Mardean Isaac

Posted on 03/20/2013 6:27:02 AM PDT by marshmallow

On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War Mardean Isaac says western states are forcing Iraqi Christians to return home

The travails Iraq has undergone in the decade since the invasion in 2003 have largely played out among, and between, the country’s major ethno-religious groups: Sunni and Shia Arabs, and Kurds. But Iraq’s Christians have suffered disproportionately since the fall of Saddam. Their numbers have fallen from at least 800,000 on the eve of the war to fewer than 400,000 today. Those who have been displaced internally continue to struggle to find a future in Iraq or Iraqi Kurdistan, and those who have fled the country have encountered little support from their western host countries.

Iraqi Christians are culturally and linguistically distinct from other Iraqi communities. They are ethnically Assyrian: non-Arab, non-Kurdish peoples who trace their heritage to the ancient Assyrian empire. They speak a colloquial dialect of Aramaic, though the majority of the liturgy and literature of the Iraqi churches is in Syriac, the classical form of middle Aramaic which produced a wealth of seminal Eastern Christian texts.

Persecuted extensively under the Baathist regime because of their ethnicity, the war and its aftermath exposed Iraqi Assyrians to the horrors of violence and criminality unleashed by Islamist groups, who subjected Christians to an extensive campaign of kidnapping, ransom and murder. As Iraq descended into civil war, Christians – having no militias or security forces of their own, and unprotected by a national security apparatus heavily tied to the sectarian gangs involved in the conflict – were cleansed from their neighbourhoods, either killed or intimidated with threats of murder. The most extreme culmination of the campaign came on October 31 2010, when an al-Qaeda affiliate calling itself the “Islamic State of Iraq” stormed the Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad during.........

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1 posted on 03/20/2013 6:27:02 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

...not hard to figure when your country is lead by a muslim


2 posted on 03/20/2013 6:28:20 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

With our full faith in God’s goodness and in Christ’s redemption, we can recognize that our present sufferings can be turned to His glory and our good.

We are talking about it and that is to God’s glory. Think about Americans that can goto church every Sunday and go home and drink beer and watch sports. Pray for those whom suffer for God’s grace. Be more than a Sunday church goer.

Matthew 7:13-14
New International Version (NIV)
The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.


3 posted on 03/20/2013 6:36:40 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: marshmallow

They were pretty safe before Bush bumbled his way into Iraq trying to establish “democracy” in a country of bearded savages. Now that Iraq is run by religious fanatics, the Christians are no longer safe.

Bush is playing golf in Texas. 0 doesn’t give a $h!t.


4 posted on 03/20/2013 8:16:54 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: marshmallow

What is clear is that Christians are not a threat to the US gov. so they don’t mind killin’ ‘em. Muslims are a threat so they incorporate them. This is how the Muzzies win and Christians get dead in the US and in the world.


5 posted on 03/20/2013 1:58:40 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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