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Something I wrote to express my thoughts on todays terrorist Attacks against Assyrians... by Nahren Sharina Georges on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 5:43am

As I flick through every channel,
My tears trickle at the sight,
How many families will stay up waiting, For a loved one who wont come home tonight?
What crime must they have paid for?
What sin did they commit?
To be shot down in the house of god, To be served a fate such as this... What sort of people take the life,
Of a man in blissful prayer?
In a moment when every single thought, is a silent plea to god to end the horrific warefare...
For this is the sad story they've come to know,
For the Assyrian Christians this is life,
Forced to live like foreigners in their own home,
To stand their ground or runaway is a double ended knife...
Living in fear of being murdered,
Even an innocent child cannot play,
Without the risk of being abducted,
A final goodbye to the light of day...
My heart aches for my people, Our nations soldiers massacred one by one,
The most selfless and undeserving men,
Die staring down the barrell of a gun...
So these people say its in the name of "Allah",
To enter the gates of heaven you must kill!
Only then will you be considered, to have completely fullfilled gods will... To our beloved new crowned martyrs,
Today the skies opened up for you...
Heavens angels shed their tears, you were going home and they all knew...
You will never be forgotten,
Your names now etched in the walls of time,
For these criminals are promised a day,
When they will for this inhumane crime...
Assyria is going to rise again,
As you are watching down from the skies, and when that time does finally come,
Alaha manyikhloon sahdan - we will NEVER forget... Written by Nahren Georges 1/11/2010 at 11:30pm


Operation Iraqi freedom and Christians
in Iraq


by By Navaid Hamid
November 2, 2010

The attack on the Christian minority on Black Sunday evening of 31 October 2010 at Baghdad Catholic church of Our Lady of Salvation and subsequent killings of 52 innocents including women, children and the old needs strongest condemnation from all. The attack no doubt is a heinous crime against humanity. The tragedy was result of the siege of the Church by the terrorists and the attempt by the security forces to free the hostages.

The incidents have left more than 60 wounded. With the murderous attack, the safety of the Iraq's Christian minority has become critical and it is the prime responsibility not only of the regime in Baghdad but also that of the allied forces led by United States of America to restore confidence and provide safety to minorities in Iraq because never in the history of the Iraq, the minorities were so vulnerable as during the present regime backed by the US.

The biggest victims and the sufferers of the Iraq's invasion have been its minorities and they have become easy target for the terrorist attacks in their own country. There are reports that around four hundred thousand Iraq's Christians have fled their homeland and migrated to US and other European countries and taken asylum therein because of their vulnerable position in their own country.

Operation Iraqi freedom has made the Christians most vulnerable to hate crimes and in words of Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk "He who is not a Muslim in Iraq is a second-class citizen. Often it is necessary to convert or emigrate, otherwise one risks being killed." The centuries old patriotism of the Irqi minority community has suddenly become doubtful and they face unprecedented level of violence.

They are living in fear and constantly threatened, targeted, bombed and killed, abducted for ransom. Their churches are attacked because of their religious commonality with that of the invading forces. The Iraqi Christians who are Armenians and Chaldo-Assyrians basically belong to one of the four churches namely the Chaldean (Uniate), Jacobite or Syrian Orthodox, Nestorian, and the Syrian Catholic.

The unfortunate incident is in continuity to what had happened since 2003. In past, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul was abducted and killed (February 2008), Assyrian Orthodox priest Father Adel Youssef was shot to death by unidentified militants in central Baghdad (April 2008). The Armenian churches have been bombed and their priests too have been killed since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

During his Presidential campaign Obama has raised several questions about the safety and honorable representation of the religious and ethnic minorities of Iraq and have written to then Secretary of State Condolizza Rice requesting answers to many of the issues which might concern the minorities in Iraq and the most important was of their security.

"What specific steps has the State Department taken to urge the Iraqi government to provide protection to Iraq's Christian and other non-Muslim religious minorities? Has the Iraqi government been responsive to requests for such protection? What is the U.S. government's assessment of the Iraqi government's efforts to protect religious minority communities?" Obama had asked the then Secretary of State.

Now when President Obama is in middle of his tenure, unfortunately neither the exodus of Christians from Iraq had stopped nor have they got the sense of security which they are in urgent need of. During Saddam's regime world never got any information about the persecution of the Christians or any other religious minority nor did they ever complain of any ill treatment. Although the world community was aware of Saddam's repressive persecution of fellow Muslims Kurds and Shia, the religious minorities were free to trade in liquor and profess their religion & follow their customs without any fear.

The community which was around 1.4 million during Saddam's regime has dwindled to less than one hundred thousand in 2010. Christian Solidarity International has claimed that "Since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, more than half the country's Christian population has been forced by targeted violence to seek refuge abroad or to live away from their homes as internally displaced people".

The terrorists who attacked the Catholic Church had justified their act by declaring that the Church was "base for their struggle against the religion of Islam." The Christians of Iraq are paying a heavy price of the Iraq's invasion. It is fact that they are on the verge of extinction in Iraq. Navaid Hamid is secretary, South Asian Council for Minorities (SACM)


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