Thursday, December 16, 2010

Democratic Stability in Iraq: What About Christians?

On March 20, 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein.  At that time about 1.4 million Christians lived in Iraq.  Since then, about half have left the country, and a new wave of departures is likely following targeted killings of Christians and church bombings.  Apart from occasional condemnations, the U.S. has failed to protect Iraqi Christians from Muslim attacks.

This sounds like ethnic cleansing to me.  The liberation and pacification of Iraq has come at the cost of more than a trillion dollars, more than 4,400 U.S. troop fatalities, and 32,000 wounded.  Worse still, most of the killed and wounded U.S. troops were Christian and most of the taxes expended were collected from Christian Americans.

If and when Iraq achieves some measure of democratic stability and allies itself with U.S. security concerns, will Christians be allowed to live and work in Iraq?

The Clinton administration took stern action against Serbian ethnic cleaning of Bosnian Muslims?  Are Iraqi Christians to be sacrificed on the altar of Muslim outreach?

No comments :