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  1. GPM

    GPM Tihar Jail Banned

    Mar 5, 2011
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    Last week an Iraqi Muslim scholar issued a fatwa that, among other barbarities, asserts that "it is permissible to spill the blood of Iraqi Christians." Inciting as the fatwa is, it is also redundant. While last October's Baghdad church attack which killed some sixty Christians is widely known-actually receiving some MSM [Mainstream Media] coverage-the fact is, Christian life in Iraq has been a living hell ever since U.S. forces ousted the late Saddam Hussein in 2003.

    Among other atrocities, beheading and crucifying Christians are not irregular occurrences; messages saying "you Christian dogs, leave or die," are typical. Islamists see the church as an "obscene nest of pagans" and threaten to "exterminate Iraqi Christians."

    The grand irony, of course, is that Christian persecution has increased exponentially under U.S. occupation. As one top Vatican official put it, Christians, "paradoxically, were more protected under the dictatorship" of Saddam Hussein.

    What does one make of this-that under Saddam, who was notorious for human rights abuses, Christians were better off than they are under a democratic government sponsored by humanitarian, some would say "Christian," America?

    Like a Baghdad caliph, Saddam appears to have made use of the better educated Christians, who posed no risk to his rule, such as his close confidant Tariq Aziz. Moreover, by keeping a tight lid on the Islamists of his nation-who hated him as a secular apostate no less than the Christians-the latter benefited indirectly.

    Conversely, by empowering "the people," the U.S. has unwittingly undone Iraq's Christian minority. Naively projecting Western values on Muslims, U.S. leadership continues to think that "people-power" will naturally culminate into a liberal, egalitarian society-despite all the evidence otherwise. The fact is, in the Arab/Muslim world, "majority rule" traditionally means domination by the largest tribe or sect; increasingly, it means Islamist domination.

    Either which way, the minorities-notably the indigenous Christians-are the first to suffer once the genie of "people-power" is uncorked. Indeed, evidence indicates that the U.S. backed "democratic" government of Iraq enables and incites the persecution of its Christians. (All of this raises the pivotal question: do heavy-handed tyrants-Saddam, Mubarak, Qaddafi, et al-create brutal societies, or do naturally brutal societies create the need for heavy-handed tyrants to keep order).

    The Silent Extermination of Iraq’s ‘Christian Dogs’ | FrontPage Magazine
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  3. mattster

    mattster Respected Member Senior Member

    May 30, 2009
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    This is very true. Its one of the many unintended consequences of the Iraq war by that dumb president we had called Bush.

    Whenever repressed Muslim societies over throw a tyrant - the people who take over are even worse on minorities.
    It is not necessarily Christians only - any non-Muslim minorities in that society automatically become targets.
    If there were Hindus or Buddhists in Iraq - they would be just as heavily targeted as Christians.

    In fact, they even target the Shia Muslims, etc. Islam is not a very tolerant religion.
    The more religious the people become, they more they will seek out non-Muslim minorities to target.

    Even in societies where they have lived together for thousands of years - they still target the minorities.
    That is why the Lebanese christians have their own militia. it is also why most Christians in Syria prefer to stay with Bashar Assad that support his overthrow.

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