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March 24, 2011

Archbishop Warns of "Near Genocide" Conditions in Iraq

A Chaldean Archbishop has put the elites in the West on notice. Christians in Iraq face "near genocide" conditions. The Catholic News Service provides the details:

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, said part of the problem was the country’s “weak constitution, which tries to please two masters.�?

“We are living in a region which cannot decide if it is for democracy or Islamic law,�? he said March 16 at news conference sponsored by the Catholic charitable agency Aid to the Church in Need.

Archbishop Warda criticized “neighboring governments feeding insurgents with money and weapons to destabilize the Iraqi government�? and said the rest of world’s governments had “turned their backs on us, as if the human rights abuses and near-genocide conditions Iraqi Christians experience are temporary.�?

Archbishop Warda said that since the U.S.-led occupation of his country began in 2003, more than 500 Christians had been killed in religious and politically motivated violence.

Between 2006 and 2010, 17 Iraqi priests and two bishops were kidnapped and beaten or tortured. One bishop, four priests and three subdeacons were killed.

“In most cases, those responsible for the crimes stated they wanted Christians out of Iraq,�? the archbishop said.

Posted by dvz at March 24, 2011 11:03 AM


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