27 December 2011

The Fate of Christians in Iraq and Afghanistan


A news report on television today spoke of the distinct possibility of Christians being expunged from Iraq and Afghanistan. A news article from 2010 detailed mass persecution of Christian in Iraq, including many violent attacks. This leaves me wondering precisely why we fought the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are we going to leave the Christians to their fate at the hands of the Muslims, despite our rhetoric of fighting the wars for the freedom of the Iraqi and Afghan people? Does that freedom only apply only to Muslims? Do we oppose Islamic attacks on the United States, but tolerate Islamic attacks on Christians in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The fact is that neither Iraq nor Afghanistan is at this time a secure country. The American military has withdrawn from Iraq, but do the Iraqi officials we left in control actually care about the freedom and security of all their people? And, if they do care, then are they truly capable of securing the freedom of Christians? If not, then why have we withdrawn when the stated job of the military has not been completed? No doubt it is considered politically incorrect today to wage war against Muslim forces in order to protect Christians. Yet, we waged a war to protect and free the people of Iraq and Afghanistan from tyrannical rule. Why are the Christians of those countries any less entitled to freedom and security than the Mohammedans? And why does the United States government seem unwilling to do anything tangible about it?

Whether anyone in the government wishes to admit it or not, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have at their heart the very issue of religion. There is on the one hand the Islamists carrying out the principles of their religion to seek world domination against every other religion, and this includes attacking the great bastion of religious freedom, the United States. And then there is the United States, along with the other allied nations, who have fought back. The War on Terrorism is inherently about religion, because at the root of that terrorism is the issue of religion. They cannot be separated. Attempting to separate them or attempting to explain the actions of terrorists and others from any basis other than that of the principles of Islam leads to nothing more than a skewed comprehension of the situation. This leads to inappropriate and ineffective action.

So, we are left with two countries, Iraq and Afghanistan, which have supposedly been freed from oppression. Whether that has actually been accomplished in general is perhaps a matter of opinion. It is clear, however, that freedom from oppression, basic security, and respect of human dignity has not been accomplished for Christians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Again, is this why we asked our young men and women to deploy overseas? Is this why our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines have died and suffered wounds? Without freedom and security for Christians in Iraq and Afghanistan, the victory is hollow, if it can even be called a victory. The task should be seen through all the way and finished properly or it should not have been undertaken at all.