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Thursday, July 05, 2007

We Meant Surge, Not Purge

by krshorewood

Standing in stark contrast to the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein, a little known aspect of life under this dictator was the treatment afforded Iraqi Christians. Not that life was rosy, but according to The Guardian,
Although they (Iraqi Christians) made up only about 3% of the population of prewar Iraq - 700,000 people - under Saddam they were a prosperous minority, symbolized by the high profile of Tariq Aziz, Saddam's Christian foreign minister. Highly educated and overwhelmingly middle class, the Christians were heavily concentrated in Mosul, Basra and especially Baghdad, which before the war had the largest Christian population of any Middle Eastern town or city.

In the George Bush world of untended consequences known as the Iraq occupation, things have taken a bad turn for the Christians who live there -- or in many cases used to live there. According to today's Boston Globe, Iraqi Christians are being expelled from their homes, something that is happening to many Iraqis as religious sects are making their neighborhoods homogenous.

The article goes on to talk about how more troops are being brought in to quell the harassment, but we are too familiar with the on-going game of Whack-a-Mole being played throughout Iraq.

As many fundamentalist Christians in this country cheered on the invasion of Iraq, Bush has done the impossible. Thanks to this president, someone who has had no qualms about advertising his piety, Christians throughout Iraq are dealing with what looks to be a worse situation than under the displaced tyrant prompting half of them to flee to other countries. The exception is here to this country where the Bush administration has put severe limitations on Iraqi refugees coming to the US.

Bush has fixed it so that in Iraq, Christians don't have a prayer.

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