Christianity in Iraq

I saw a piece on 60 Minutes about Christians in Iraq.  Before the war there were over one million Christians practicing openly in Iraq without being bothered because Saddam Hussien allowed for religious freedom.  That meant that women could drive, work, go to school, etc…  Since the beginning of the US occupation of Iraq the Christian population has dwindled significantly.  A young man in the story told of how his family split their time at mass so that if the church was bombed, only half of them would die. The Christians who survived the initial religious persecution by the Islamic Fundamentalists have mostly escaped to Syria.  All that are left are the women whose men have been killed, the very old, and children.  They practice their religion in secret.

My problem with this story was the spin.  60 Minutes detailed how the Christians were surviving in Iraq and how their lives had been better before the US invasion, but glossed over the part where their slaughter was largely our fault.  It is true that had we not invaded, these people would still be living under the rule of Saddam Hussein, who had NO ties to Osama bin Laden or Al Qaeda AND allowed his people some religious and social freedom that is wholly absent from the Iraq of today.  Now that is impossible.  The militants have made sure of that.  Good for us!


4 Responses to “Christianity in Iraq”

  1. 1 Deb
    July 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    IMO, one can never really trust the media. Bias, money and political interests abound….

  2. July 2, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    It strikes me from time to time that ousting Saddam, as bad as he was, probably wasn’t much good for ANY Iraqi.

  3. July 8, 2008 at 10:47 am

    The model for what would happen after the removal of a fascist regime has been played out again and again, but the US/UK axis still went for it; better prepared, more intelligent intelligence and a thought for the big picture would have saved many lives but we can’t go back.

    So how to go forward?

  4. 4 unitedwelay1
    July 9, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I don’t think we can go forward. If we left the country, the Iraqi’s might surprise us and find a way to restore their rights, but the militias are armed and ordinary citizens aren’t. any ideas?

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