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Christians Suffer from "Ethnic Cleansing" in Iraq Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jan 13, 2010, 11:03 am

Baghdad Christians.jpgIn front of his house, a 75-year-old greengrocer was shot dead, while the abduction of a Christian female student remains shrouded in mystery. An eruption of violence, which includes attacks against churches, abductions and the targeted killings of Christians, is attempting to force them into a mass exodus.

Asia News reports that, "Mosul's Christian community has been the victim of another targeted killing - Hikmat Sleiman, a 75-year-old greengrocer - was killed yesterday. His death follows a wave of violence against Iraqi Christians that included a number of attcks over the past few weeks against churches and convents as well as abductions and execution-style murders. Local bishops have slammed the trend, calling it a plan of 'ethnic cleansing' at Christian's expense."

Sources in Mosul informed Asia News that the store owner "was assasinated in front of his house." Hikmat Sleiman, 75, had been the owner of a small greengrocery nearby the Dominican convent in the Sa'a neighborhood, claimed the souce who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons.

He added, "after closing his store, he went home. A group of criminals was waiting for him and opened fire." The victim died on the spot.

According to Asia News, "yesterday's murder is further evidence that Iraqi Christians are the victims of a plan of "ethnic Cleansing" designed to force them to leave the country. The central government and the local governatorate are powerless against such attacks as the various ethnic groups, Arab, Kurdish, Turkmen, as well as extremist cells, blame each other."

The Church of Saint George of the Chaldeans and the Syro-Orthodox Church of Saint Thomas were struck in separate attacks on December 23 last year. In the first attack, three people were killed. A man was killed on Christmas Eve in front of his house. Meanwhile, on Dec. 31, a Muslim=extremist group abducted a Christian female student whose ultimate fate has yet to be determined. On Jan. 2, a local Christian man was also abducted.

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written by Percy St. Clair , January 13, 2010

This is the Devil's work.

But it would be hard today for the Devil to do this particular work if Jimmy Carter had not acted as an enabler.



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written by Shadrach , January 13, 2010

What in God's name did Jimmy Carter have to do with Iraq?

This has to do with the fact that whenever there are ethnic and religious differences in a period of vast societal and economic upheaval, minority rights will usually be trampled.

Unfortunately, this reality is worse with a Christian minority, because it is Christianity (and not Islam or other religions) that requires its followers to love their neighbors (even their non-Christian neighbors).

It is even worse when there are radical Muslims that do not understand that their own religion requires them to treat Christians and Jews with peace as fellow followers of the God of Abraham.

Unfortunately, this ignorance is hurting our Christian brothers and sisters all throughout the Muslim world.



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written by rufuslevin , January 14, 2010

Perhaps time for Christian militancy...Crusade anyone? Onward Christian Soldiers?
Maybe a coalition of Christians, Jews, and Mormons?

Or maybe just burn some candles at the Vatican and pray for peace.



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written by Percy St. Clair , January 15, 2010

SHADRACH :

Jimmy messed up the entire region : the guy was at best totaly inept; and that is to ascribe good intentions to him.



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written by Shadrach , January 16, 2010

Percy:

I agree that Carter had more than his share of failures and certainly can be credited with messing up Iran.

He also got Egypt and Israel to reach a peace treaty.

From a realistic and historical perspective, the "entire Middle East region" was messed up when the Treaties of Versaille and Sevre and the partitioning of the vanquished Ottoman Empire after WWI, which occurred without any reference to realities on the Ground.

Modern Iraq should have never existed as it is a bastardized group of three different peoples who have nothin in common - Kurd, Sunni and Shia. This instability leads to Christians getting the shaft in the resulting instability.

Since Carter had not even been born at that time, I do not think we should blame him, no matter how much you do not like him.



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written by penang , January 16, 2010

Shadrach,

Stop trying to find excuses for the Muslims.

Even if there is no Iraq, even if Iraq is split into 3 different nations - the Kurds, the Sunnis and the Shias, - the Christians will still getting the shaft.

Reason is very simple. No matter it's the Kurds, the Sunnis or the Shias, they are all Muslims.

And Muslims do not like Christians, period !



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written by Shadrach , January 16, 2010

Penang,

First, I was not defending any body but Jimmy Carter because he had nothing to do with any of this.

Second, not all muslims act this way.

We should neither overstate, nor ignore the history.




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