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Blood Bath In Babylon
by Albert Persohn
"The secular government allows all religions to worship. Should this secular government ever fall a horrible religious bloodbath could take place worse than words could describe. The government allows the churches and completely welcomed us and the cross. All Iraq police, army, security people, customs, immigration were lovely to us.""The secular government allows all religions to worship. Should this secular government ever fall a horrible religious bloodbath could take place worse than words could describe. The government allows the churches and completely welcomed us and the cross. All Iraq police, army, security people, customs, immigration were lovely to us."The plight of our brothers and sisters in Iraq is getting some attention at WND lately. This anti-peace neocon website would have done well to ask about the state of Christianity in Iraq before 2003.
Saddam was no saint. He was a thug. He was also the best Arab ally the west ever had. His regime, as nasty as it was, provided the best home for Christians in the entire Middle East. Christians of all denominations flourished while Saddam was in power.
In this article we shall direct our observations to the plight of our brothers and sisters in Iraq.
A perplexing CNN clip broadcast in 1990 still replays in my mind. I can't get rid of it. Saddam was in Kuwait and a massive buildup had begun. Days before the war began we saw a group of several hundred Iraqi Christians protesting against Western plans for war. Perhaps they were acting, maybe they were not Christians, who knows? Today that clip replays in my mind at least once a week. What could the "Christian" led forces possibly do to harm these people?
In 2001 I was privileged to spend a day with a Syrian Preterist theologian. He is an American citizen with a PHD in theology. He was very familiar with the war in Iraq in 1991 and the coming return to war. He said to me that the oldest church in the world in Mosul was destroyed by US forces in 1991. I questioned him thoroughly and was satisfied that this building was indeed destroyed and that it may have been deliberately targeted. Perhaps this was symbolic of the possible end of the oldest Christian community on the planet.
Iraq, under Saddam, always offered Christians and Jews freedom of worship. Evangelist Arthur Blessit speaks warmly of the liberty he had to share the Good News of Jesus Christ all over Iraq. Since Iraq was a secular Muslim country, there were Christian men and women in all areas of Iraqi business and government. Every denomination was represented in the fabric of this land. The Chaldeans are among the world's oldest Christian people groups. Today in every land you will find Chaldean or Assyrian Christians. Soon they may be driven completely from Iraq.
Since the 1991 invasion Christians have been seen as siding with the West. Tensions began to build and attacks against Christian businesses and churches increased. Iraqi police have been unable to keep this off the boil. We shall apply a famous ancient Chaldean saying to the Christians of Iraq: "the writing is on the wall". That is to say, their time is up.
One of the most horrendous aspects of the Iraq story is a Catholic News item about the attack and rape of many Christian women.
Evangelicals are almost completely silent on this matter. Falwell and Hagee among others bayed for war with barely a mention of the damage that would be done to the Christian community in Iraq. Today we are being spoon-fed the need to go to war with Syria. One of the attached documents shows that Syria has welcomed Iraqi Christians. The Iraqi man said of the Syrians "They are our brothers, there is no discrimination here".
We must ask honestly ask ourselves if we really believe that our leaders were ignorant of this. At the time I engaged several evangelical leaders on the issue of the Christian community in Iraq. Most of them thought that Saddam had been a persecutor of Christians. They seemed unable to grasp that an Arab country even had a Christian population.
It is worth mentioning that Israel and by extension American and Britain are on the verge of war with Syria. The reader may the led to question why war in the Middle East is often against the countries like Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, those with the most Christians.
Trotsky was one of the originators of the destruction of the Christian church in Russia. Modern Neocons are the philosophical children of Trotsky. Are they continuing his work?
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Evangelist Arthur Blessit traveled through Iraq in 1998. Selected quotes from his journal follow:
Hundreds of Churches and hundreds of thousands of believers in Iraq. After our first cross walk in Iraq in April (see April update) Denise and I were invited as special guests to attend "The Third Christian Conference in Iraq" 'The church in the service of peace and humanity". In Baghdad hundreds of believers and followers of Jesus gathered at the Babylon Hotel and in the large assembly hall for morning and evening sessions
One of the best kept secrets is the fact that there are open churches and believers in Iraq! People from present day Iraq were present at Pentecost, just after the ascension of Jesus and were saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and returned to this land.
The Secular Government in Iraq allows Freedom of Religion
Contrary to popular western opinion Iraq does not have a 'religious' government but is governed by the Ba'ath Party, a secular party.
Almost 5% of the people are Christian, with about 95% split between the Muslim Shi'ites in the south and the Sunni Muslims mostly in the north.
The secular government allows all religions to worship. Should this secular government ever fall a horrible religious bloodbath could take place worse than words could describe. The government allows the churches and completely welcomed us and the cross. All Iraq police, army, security people, customs, immigration were lovely to us.
"Horrible Religious Bloodbath"
Was the preacher a prophet? His religious bloodbath has long since arrived.
The following quotes have been assembled from the PDF's available from the link at the end of the article.
July 17 2007 Report: Christians crucified by terrorists in Iraq
Believers in Jesus said to be nailed to crosses, tied with ropes, set ablaze
This would never have happened under Saddam.
May 2003 Iraqi Christians fear for safety
"I think we were better off under Saddam." Such a sentiment is voiced increasingly today among Iraq's 800,000 Christians.
December 2003 Washington Post
"Killings Sow Fear Among Christians in Southern Iraq"
Unlike the majority Shi'ites long persecuted by Saddam Hussein, many Christians found that
Saddam's Baath party and its secular pan-Arabist nationalist ideology tolerated them.
"We never saw harm under Saddam Hussein," said Tareq Boutros, a former liquor store owner
who now runs a garment business.
July 2004 New American
"We thought the Americans were going to bring us freedom and democracy,"
stated a 31-year-old Iraqi identified as Robert. "Instead, they are promoting
Islam. We do not understand it.... We do not want their effort to be a failure
[which it would be] if the dictatorship of Saddam is replaced by the
dictatorship of Islam.
July 2004 "Christians fear persecution in the new Iraq"
Shaking the hands of the last worshippers to leave the Cathedral, Father John could only shake his head at the dwindling number of parishioners coming to Mass each week. He said that while Saddam Hussein dragged the country through ''war after war,'' Christians were safer when he was in charge. We have no future in Iraq now,'' he said.
Christians Flee "Liberated" Iraq
August 2004 New York Times
"Many Christians Flee Iraq, With Syria the Haven of Choice"
"We are safe here (in Syria), and so we feel free," Mr. Nuaman said of his new home in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana. "The Syrians are brothers to us. There is no discrimination here. That is the truth, and not a compliment."
October 15 2004 www.antiwar.com
"Plight of Iraqi Christians Provokes Calls for Special Protection"
"Widespread and systematic abuse of human rights and targeted killings
of Christians continue every day in Iraq, mainly in the Kurdish-controlled
areas in the North, Mosul, and Baghdad," asserted a letter to the U.S.
Congress sent by the 70-year-old Assyrian American National Federation
(AANF) late last month. "As a result of such atrocities, some 40,000
Assyrians have already fled Iraq since July of this year."
"Iraq, once the center of the earliest Christian churches in the world,
may soon be cleared of its Assyrian population, the only indigenous
people of that country – ancient Mesopotamia," warned the letter, which
also called for Congress to earmark five percent of total reconstruction
aid for Iraq "for the safety of the Christian population and the rebuilding
of their villages."
January 28 2005 www.palmbeachpost.com
"Iraqi Christians flourished long before Muslims"
The kidnapping of a Catholic bishop in Mosul last week is a sad reminder of the
once robust but rapidly diminishing Christian community in Iraq.
Insurgents abducted Syrian Catholic Archbishop BasileCasmoussa apparently to
frighten Iraqi Christians. They wanted to discourage Christians from voting on
Sunday, according to Iraqi bishop, Louis Sako of Kirkuk.
March 29 2005 Washington Times
"The Other Iraq War"
Fearing attack, Christians celebrated last Christmas in their homes, not in churches. In
fact, priests avoided the traditional midnight Mass and told their parishioners to stay away
from churches at Christmas time out of concern for their safety. Said Patriarch Emanuel III,
the Patriarch of Babylon:
"As leaders of the Christian communities in Iraq, we are pained by what has happened to
our country. There is destruction of our people, resources, buildings and churches. We
grieve over the tragic death of many of our children and the injuries and psychological
shocks suffered by others."
"The Iraqi Christians demand the release of his Excellency the President Saddam
Today Christians are leaving Iraq due to the horrible conditions and the bloodthirsty US installed chaos entertained by the criminal gangs entertained and funded by the US' occupiers, their puppet government and stooges who continue threatening Iraqi Christians and force them at gun point to leave their villages and cities where they lived for millennia. No! These criminal gangsters and treason death squads funded and trained by the US' Occupation didn't exempt patriot Iraqi Christians who reject the Occupation from murder, detention and rape everywhere in resisting Iraq.
October 23 2006 American Conservative
"Christians in the Crossfire"
The killing in Iraq continues, and support for the occupation is waning even
among Christian conservatives. It would likely fall further if they were
aware of what Fred Markert, director of Terra Nova missions, calls the
“horrible, horrible climate for Christians in Iraq.”
Before the invasion, Christians argued over the criteria of a just war. But
Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, asked another
question: had war supporters “thought about their obligation to the Christian
community in Iraq?”
12 October 2006 Catholic News
"More Young Christian Women Abducted, Raped in Iraq"
Young Christian women are among the preferred targets of Iraq's growing abduction problem with many being raped and some committing suicide as a result of the shock, violence and shame they experience.
AsiaNews says that this is all happening in Baghdad where kidnapping has become a growth industry. Criminal gangs are lining their pockets as the number of victims grows and the line-ups at border posts grow even longer with people trying to flee the country.
Christians from any denominations, clergy or laity alike, are one of the preferred targets in the capital.
18 October 2006 http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/
"Over 35,000 Christians Have Fled Iraq"
Seven Christians were killed in 2004 when suspected Islamic militants set off bombs in five churches in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul. It was the first major assault on Iraq's Christians since Saddam Hussein's regime was toppled in April 2003.
More recently, the Rev. Hanna Saad Sirop, the director of the Theology Department at Babel University, central Iraq, was abducted Aug. 15 as he left a Baghdad church after a mass celebrating the Assumption.
National Security Archive webpage with link to declassified articles showing western support for Saddam.
The march to war will kill or displace Christians in every country in the Middle East where thy are now free. Syria's time is coming with Evangelicals believing that "Damascus will cease to be a city". We have seen phase one of the crushing of Lebanon and Jordan is likely to be on the agenda as well.
PDF's of the many of the sources in this article are in this zip file:
The file is about four meg in size.