Christians on brink of extinction in Middle East, warns Archbishop of Canterbury
Christians who were the first founders of the church are on brink of ‚Äúimminent extinction‚ÄĚ, the Archbishop of Canterbury is warning.
Describing the ‚Äúdaily threat of murder‚ÄĚ faced in the Middle East, the Most Reverend Justin Welby says Christians are experiencing ‚Äúthe worst situation since the Mongol invasions of the 13th Century‚ÄĚ.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Archbishop Welby, the most senior clergyman in the Church of England, calls on the Government to take in more refugees.
Combined with this both our Foreign Office and our Home Office allowed large numbers of Muslim refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan to come in to the UK, but seemed very reticent to allow Christian refugees in.
The UK did send some support of a more background nature to the USA after 9 / 11, and our Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair, was an avowed supporter of George Bush, Jr. in the Iraq war presenting a didgy dossier in our Parliament to support this war. We also fully supported the overthrow of Colonel Gaddaffi in Libya, and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and an ongoing military litany presence in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Tragically, many British Muslims also went to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Chris G P from England writes: "Sometimes our interference in these areas has been worse than useless, and in fact counterproductive, and has affected the Christians in those areas far worse than if we had left things well alone."
Su true. Interference usually makes things worse over there. Our military goes in with the troops being told they're fighting for America and freedom, when in reality, these operations are often just carried out to benefit the political/economic upper crust in unseen ways. For example, US troops are often told to destroy the seed stores of native farmers (from plant varieties the farmers had grown and saved the seeds from for generations). Not surprisingly, American seed companies come in after and charitably donate patented, hybrid or GMO seeds to these farmers. The problem is, when the farmers try to save the seeds from these American varieties (as they had done with their own native varieties) they find that it's not possible. Naturally, they then have to repurchase seeds from US seed companies over and over again - and now the seed companies have a new locked in, dependent customer. Nice and charitable huh? That's just one example of many...
An Indian friend told me that Indians generally believe that the Iraq war was nothing but a scheme
While it is true that the former despot of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and the current notional ruler of Syria, Bashar al Assad, and his late father, Hafez al Assad, were and are most unpleasant and unsavoury characters, and brutal in their rule, it is also true that to a certain extent they did and do protect the Christians, provided the latter kept out of politics, and did not openly evangelise Muslims.
However, the ill fated Western interference in these regimes after 9/11, and secretive support of ‚Äúopposition‚ÄĚ groups in these countries, that turned out to be jihadist and far worse than the despots that they opposed, ensured that the Christians that ended up in their areas were persecuted, killed, and the women and children enslaved, raped and forcibly converted to Islam and forcibly married or prostituted to lustful and brutal jihadist fighters.
Sometimes our interference in these areas has been worse than useless, and in fact counterproductive, and has affected the Christians in those areas far worse than if we had left things well alone.
Yes but "it's worth it," and "it's the price you got to pay." What's important is that we transform those countries into free democracies. What's important is that those military contracts keep coming in to the MIC. Jobs!! Jobs!! Jobs!! What's important is that those god fearing neo cons continue to spread the agenda, continue to make us safer, continue to make the world a better place. Christians shristians.