The great divide among Iraq’s ethnicities continues


iraqi_christian_churchI am appalled at the hand modern day Europe and the US played in the destruction of Iraqi culture.  A society centuries old, a lot older than ours in America, was destroyed in 5 years of death and destruction and perhaps the biggest and worst destruction was in the ability of the Iraqis to live together.

That characteristic has been further exacerbated by Germany’s desire to house only Iraqi Christian refugees.  It is a passive way of destroying the social character of a country by encouraging all those of one ethnic persuasion to take advantage of an opportunity only available to them, at a time when the entire society is beset with the problem of social disintegration through occupation.  While I encourage any and all to seek whatever legal means they have at their disposal for safety and prosperity, Iraqi Christians are pawns in the new social order being imposed on Iraq.

No doubt there are large problems that Iraq has between the different religions, sects, and tribes, but those problems have to be sorted out by Iraqis who are interested in social cohesion for themselves, not by outsiders who want to divide communities and take them from their homes.  Moreover, reading between the lines of news reports coming from Iraq about religious persecution, many people there think it’s a direct result of occupation. Mark Glenn’s blog talks about  Christian Iraqis and the issues they face in a post Saddam Iraq.  One interesting tidbit he points out is Iraq has one of  the largest number of Christians of any Arab country, numbering 1 million or more.

The point to this piece is Germany is not offering a solution to religious persecution in Iraq.  What Iraq needs is a stable government that is representative of its citizens, and working within parameters defined by those citizens, and more importantly, in the absence of a foreign occupying force!  My wish would be that  Germany’s desire would be to end occupation of Iraq and help them in the manner Iraqis request, rebuild their country, but offering one group of people a free get out of jail card doesn’t serve the interests of either country, Iraq or Germany, in the long run.

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