A Warning about Islam's Role in Iraq
This from Ken Joseph, an Assyrian Christian minister from Japan who has spent time in Iraq both before and after the liberation and has advocated for the rights of the Assyrians.
Over 700 Americans did not give their lives to deliver Iraq into the hands of Islamists, however gentle and unassuming their words. The July 1 date must be put off until the basics of a Democratic and representative government are in place. If not the United States risks creating another `Iran` - a previously open, secular nation turning back the clock hundreds of years against the clear views of their people - and leaving in its wake another terror sponsoring state in direct conflict with the fundamental principles which formed the core of the battle against Saddam Hussein.
No public, American Taxpayer sponsored meeting should be opened by Islamic Clerics and the reading of the Koran and prayer! It is completely unacceptable! Coming at a time when the Supreme Court ruled prohibiting even prayer at the Virginia Military Academy it seems particularly ironic that apparently daily prayers and readings from the Koran take place in US Government facilities in Iraq and elsewhere.
The `Fuure of Iraq` must be one of democracy, and the the rule of law - one in which the minority Assyrian Christians, the indigenous people of Iraq, and all other Iraqis are protected and given back what for 35 years has been taken from them . . . Freedom.
After all wasn’t that what it was all about in the first place?
Christians in the New Iraq
You won't read this in the New York Times, but one Catholic leader in Iraq is very displeased by the Spanish decision to flee Iraq. Read the whole text at Zinda
Mar Shlemon Warduni, the Chaldean bishop in Baghdad, appealed to the countries of the coalition not to follow Spain's decision to leave Iraq, saying the country's security would be jeopardized.
"We were against the war from the beginning, but now it is important that the foreign contingents stay in Iraq," Bishop Shlemon Warduni said in statements Sunday to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
"If they abandon us, it will be worse," he said. "It would be a catastrophe if Rome followed the bad example of Madrid."
A former rector of the Baghdad Seminary, Bishop Warduni is collaborating in the effort to have civilian hostages freed, in particular three Italians who are in the country.
"The case of the kidnapped Italians is only the tip of the iceberg," he said. "Over the year, thousands of Iraqis have been kidnapped: for money, for political vengeance, or for a thousand other reasons. Proportionally, the Catholic minority has been one of the worst hit."
"For this reason too the coalition troops must stay," the bishop said. "It is necessary to establish order, to provide security again. It would be a tragedy to respond to the conditions of the kidnappers."