By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The World Must Act Against the Islamist Genocidal Campaign Against Iraqi Christians

You have likely heard the news of the recent genocidal massacre of over 50 Iraqi Christians during Mass in the Assyrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, Iraq. The genocidal attacks continue. The goal is to annihilate Iraqi Christians. The French Ambassador hit the nail on the head:

French ambassador Gerard Araud said recent attacks against a Christian cathedral and other targets in Baghdad [were] part of “a deliberate will to destroy the Christian community.”

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The U.N. Security Council has condemned the attacks:

The UN Security Council was “appalled by and condemned in the strongest terms the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Iraq, including today’s,” said British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant reading a council press statement.

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So we hear from France, from the U.N., and from the British ambassador to the U.N. I, for one, have not seen a similarly strong statement from our President or the Secretary of State, although I do my best to keep up with world news on a daily basis. If you find such a statement, let me know so I can update this post and give our leaders their due.

The Iraqi government cannot or will not ensure the survival of its Christian citizens. As an American citizen, I urge the President to direct that U.S. troops move in to protect the Christians. If the President won't act, then maybe the new Republican House of Representatives should make its sentiments clear.  We cannot stand by while this genocidal campaign advances with impunity. The lesson from the Holocaust is clear: if we do not stop the genocide of others, we are merely making it more likely that we ourselves will be the next target down the road.

If a group of Catholic fanatics were massacring non-Catholics, Catholic bishops would, sua sponte (on their own initiative), be loudly and vociferously up in arms in condemnation. Where is a similar scale of reaction from the leaders of Islam around the world? I am aware of no other religious tradition that is currently spawning such systematic, persistent genocidal evil. The representatives of that religious tradition should be the loudest and most aggressive in condemning and putting an end to this Islamist genocidal campaign to destroy Christianity. In the meantime, in my opinion, the U.S. Marines, preferably as part of a U.N. police action, have a job to do.