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Watching the right berate the POTUS and say he’s done nothing about the Christians being persecuted in Iraq, smacks of hypocrisy. Does anyone remember the plight of the Iraqi Christians that began with the invasion of Iraq? Before GW Bush invaded Iraq, Iraqi Christians, and Americans who knew and truly cared what would happen to them, begged the GW Bush White House, via letters and petitions, not to invade Iraq because Saddam Hussein actually allowed the Christians that lived in that country to worship in peace. Most of us also knew the WMD drama was a big lie. That didn’t stop the Bush administration or their supporters from cheering on the invasion. They didn’t care or even mention the Christians in Iraq until recently. And it’s sickening to hear their phony concerns and listen to them blame our POTUS. They must be oblivious to the letter Obama wrote to Condelezza Rice in 2007 urging her to take action to protect the Christians in Iraq. I am very happy to hear that the President is taking strong action starting today, August 8, 2014. It’s still too late in my view, but he has committed himself to help the Christians and hopefully other minority religious groups. GW Bush and his administration ... well, they did nothing! But again, the Extremist Right wants you to believe this situation is some totally new and totally Obama's fault.

Here’s also the short truth you won’t hear from the hard right: It wasn't long after the US invasion that Iraqi Christians starting fleeing the country. Many women and girls were drug into the streets and raped or killed. They were also sold into slavery. Petitions for the Bush administration to do something, do anything to help, were circulated starting in 2003 to no avail. No one in the USA who had the power to do anything seemed to care.

So, why now? Why is the Right Wing FINALLY recognizing this problem in Iraq, which could have possibly been prevented if anyone gave a damn!? Look at the some of the dates under the headlines of articles regarding the situation that began in 2003.

With the Benghazi and IRS conspiracy scandals finally falling flat, a new wave of ‘blame the President for the demise of the Christians in Iraq” is starting to replace the deflated and tired BS stories you normally see on Fox News. I say, research for yourself when the Iraqi Christian’s right to exist really became in peril. Be warned, the articles from the conservative right are starting to drown out the articles of truth that were at the top of the Google and Bing search engines for over a decade.The BLAME OBAMA CLUB does not want you to know the truth. WHERE WERE THE VOICES OF THE RIGHT WING WHEN THEY WERE NEEDED THE MOST?

Christianity in Iraq

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, violence against Christians rose, with reports of abduction, torture, bombings, and killings.[14] Some Christians were pressured to convert to Islam under threat of death or expulsion, and women were ordered to wear Islamic dress.[14]

In August 2004, International Christian Concern protested an attack by Islamists on Iraqi Christian churches that killed 11 people.[15] In 2006, an Orthodox Christian priest, Boulos Iskander, was beheaded and mutilated despite payment of a ransom, and in 2008, the Assyrianclergyman Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of the Chaldean Catholic church in Mosul died after being abducted.[14] In January 2008, bombs exploded outside nine churches.[14]

How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians
And why supporting Syria's rebels may extinguish Christianity in its oldest environs.

By ANDREW DORAN • May 9, 2013


The country has become a particularly dangerous place for Christians.

By Doug Bandow – 1.1.07

*It was Christmas in Iraq as well as America, but there were fewer celebrations than in the past. Iraq has become a particularly dangerous place for Christians: it is safer to stay home than attend services, and even better to seek refuge in Kurdish territory or leave Iraq entirely.

Iraq's Beleaguered Christians More Fearful Than Ever

August 2, 2004 - 8:15 PM

Pacific Rim Bureau ( - A spate of coordinated car bombings at churches in Iraq has shaken a Christian minority already deeply anxious about its future.
An Assyrian campaigner Monday predicted that the steady flow of Christians leaving Iraq would swell to a flood in the aftermath of Sunday's bombings, which killed at least 11 people.

Five churches in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul were targeted in the blasts, evidently timed to cause maximum casualties during evening services. Scores of people were injured and the number of fatalities was expected to rise.

U.S. Bishops Call for Protection of Iraq’s Christians

Robert Spencer Oct 31, 2006

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Policy has asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to consider measures that would help improve the deteriorating situation for Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.

The complete text of Bishop Wenski’s letter follows.

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
Department of State
2201 C. Street, N.W.
Room 7327
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Madame Secretary:

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I am writing to you to express our deep concern and growing alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.

This is excerpt of the letter Obama wrote to Condelezza Rice in 2007 urging action to protect Iraq’s Christians

Flashback: Obama Urged Action to Protect Iraq’s Christians – in 2007

July 24, 2014 - 4:19 AM

( – The plight of Iraq’s Christians, targeted by Muslim militants, prompted a U.S. senator to write to the Secretary of State, voicing alarm about “their potential extinction from their ancient homeland” and saying the situation demands “an urgent response from our government.”

The letter was addressed to Condoleezza Rice, the date was Sept. 11, 2007, and the writer was Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), then running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 2011 (covering events of the previous year) Iraq entered the watch list’s top ten, making eighth place. In 2012 it was ninth, but by 2013 Iraq had climbed to fourth place, the same positions in holds in 2014.

The deadliest single recorded act of violence against Iraqi Christians since 2003 occurred on Oct. 31, 2010: 53 killed in an armed attack on Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation church.

Originally posted to DreamNumber9 on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 03:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by Adalah — A Just Middle East.


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  •  The whole affair is definitely one of life's (1+ / 0-)
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    little irony - you , a batshit crazy Christianist making things intolerable for (possibly) "real" Christians . . ..

    Perhaps we could drop leaflets informing them that there are other perfectly cromulent religions out that that they might want to consider.

  •  Repub'ed to Adalah for the extensive sources (n/t) (1+ / 0-)
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    A major massacre of Assyrians and Armenians in the Ottoman Empire occurred between 1894 and 1897 AD by Turkish troops and their Kurdish supporters during the rule of Sultan Abdul Hamid II (the Hamidian massacre). The motives for these massacres were an attempt to reassert Pan-Islamism in the Ottoman Empire, resentment at the comparative wealth of the ancient indigenous Christian communities, and a fear that they would attempt to secede from the tottering Ottoman Empire. Assyrians and Armenians were massacred in Diyarbakir, Hasankeyef, Sivas and other parts of Anatolia and northern Mesopotamia, by Sultan Abdul Hamid II. These attacks caused the death of tens of thousands of Assyrians and Armenians and the forced "Ottomanisation" of the inhabitants of 245 villages. The Turkish troops looted the remains of settlements and these were later stolen and occupied by Muslim Kurds. Unarmed Christian women and children were raped, tortured and murdered.[76]

    The Young Turks government of the collapsing Ottoman Empire in 1915 persecuted Christian populations in Anatolia, Persia and Northern Mesopotamia. The onslaught by the Ottoman army, including Kurdish and Circassian irregulars resulting in an estimated 2.5 million deaths, divided between roughly 1.2 Million Armenian Christians, 0.75 million Assyrians and 0.75 million Greek Orthodox Christians, a number of Georgians were also killed. The Genocide led to the devastation of ancient indigenous Christian peoples who had existed in the region for thousands of years
    In the year of Iraq´s formal independence, 1933, the Iraqi military carried out large-scale massacres against the Assyrians (Simele massacre) which had supported the British colonial administration before.[5]
    In 1987, the last Iraqi census counted 1.4 million Christians.[10] They were tolerated under the secular regime of Saddam Hussein, who even made one of them, Tariq Aziz his deputy. However persecution by Saddam Hussein continued against the Christians on an ethnic, cultural and racial level, as the vast majority are Mesopotamian Aramaic speaking Ethnic Assyrians (a.k.a. Chaldo-Assyrians). The Assyrian -Aramaic language and written script was repressed, the giving of Syriac Christian names or Akkadian/Assyro-Babylonian names forbidden (Tariq Aziz real name is Mikhail Yuhanna, for example), and Saddam exploited religious differences between Assyrian denominations such as the Chaldean Church, Assyrian Church of the East, Orthodox and the Ancient Church of the East. Over 2,000 Assyrians were ethnically cleansed from their towns and villages under the al Anfal Campaign of 1988.
  •  It's also notable (0+ / 0-)

    that most of those raising a hue and cry about the fate of Christian Iraqis didn't make a peep when the very same ISIS forces were sweeping through (overwhelmingly pro-Assad) Christian communities in Syria.  All this humanitarianism and religious solidarity seems to be very conditional.

    “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” —Aldous Huxley

    by ActivistGuy on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 03:46:24 AM PDT

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