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Mid East Christianity has suffered a terrible blow because of the Christian West

So the U.S. has withdrawn “victoriously” from Iraq, leaving behind “only” 50,000 troops. And “non combat” troops at that.

First of all, there is no such thing as “non combat troops.”  It is a contradiction in terms.  It is illogical.  “Non-combat troops” is simply the latest in a long line of military euphemisms meant to obscure painful reality.

Among the painful realities is that we may be seeing the end of Christianity in the Middle East.

This is not limited to the utterly distasteful way Christians are treated in Saudi Arabia, one of America’s staunchest allies. We’re speaking here of the native Christian population of Iraq.

Christians in Iraq had –until George Bush Sr and Jr went to war with their country– been left alone to practice their faith. By Middle East standards, Christians in Iraq had a relatively remarkable freedom of religion. Unlike most Muslim countries, there were even Christians in the Government; for example Tariq Aziz the former Iraqi Foreign Minister was a practicing Christian.

Prior to the war with Iraq as declared by George Bush and Tony Blair, Christians accounted for 3% of the population of Iraq. Now they account for roughly 50% of all refugees!

The Christians of Iraq were founded by two of Jesus’ disciples, these churches dating from the 1st century AD. The language spoken by Iraqi Christians is Aramaic, a language spoken by Jesus and his contemporaries. So Christianity was not an imported or alien religion to Iraq. It was only half a millennium later that Muslim armies swept into Iraq and converted the Christians of Iraq to Islam.

The sad irony is that the illegal war on Iraq, which led to the suffering of so many Christians, was led by two self-professed Christians, George Bush and Tony Blair.

The war brought with it a wave of sectarian blood-letting, and it has been the tiny Christian community that has borne the brunt of the brutality and killings, and there is likely not a family that has not had a family member killed.

Furthermore, most of the remaining Iraqi Christians are now scattered abroad as refugees. Over two million Iraqis are refugees, and almost three million internally displaced – these numbers accounting for roughly a fifth of the population! Many are simply too frightened to return, or too heartbroken by what they have survived.

4 Responses to “Mid East Christianity has suffered a terrible blow because of the Christian West”

  1. Bring them home to Gods country we will give shelter to the here.

    • According to UN estimates, over 4,700,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

      Stats are hard to come by, but in 2007 for example, the U.S. (aka “God’s country”) only resettled a measley 1,608 Iraqi refugees, as Homeland security concerns outweigh Christian or humanitarian ones. (Though more have been allowed by the U.S. Government to trickle into the States in 2008 – 2010.)

      As of 2008, the UN estimated that of the 4.7 million displaced Iraqis, 2 million are in neighboring countries to Iraq, such as Jordan and Syria. (100,000 per month are still fleeing to Syria and Jordan.)

      P.S. – Iran (which probably wouldn’t fit your description of “God’s country”) provided asylum for 1,400,000 Iraqi refugees who had been uprooted as a result of the Persian Gulf War (1990–91).

  2. A comment by International Rescue Committee staff:

    “Visit an Iraqi refugee family and they will show you the photos of murdered relatives and recount tales of threats, car bombings, kidnappings and ransoms, and scars on their children.

    “They were attacked because of their religious beliefs or education level or job history or for collaborating with Americans. Their suffering continues.”

  3. […] Church officials described the attack, which occurred during Sunday mass, as the bloodiest against Iraq’s Christians in the seven years of sectarian war that followed the …. […]

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