A New Era of
"If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute
you." So Christ told his disciples, and so it has again come to pass.
Not since Stalin's time have Christians been so savagely persecuted. But it is
no longer communists who are the great persecutors, but Islamist mobs from
Africa to the Balkans to Indonesia.
Last Sunday during evening services, terrorists detonated car bombs outside
five Catholic churches in Mosul and Baghdad. A dozen worshipers perished.
Scores of women and children were injured.
Now the Christians are fleeing. In Damascus, Rita Zekert, who heads the
Caritas Migrant Center, says that where, a year ago, the refugees were Shiite,
Sunni, Christian and Kurd in rough proportion to each's share of the
population, "nowadays, 95 percent of the people coming to us are Iraqi
According to the New York Times, these refugees "tell of Christian shopkeepers
killed by Islamist gangs for daring to sell alcohol, of family businesses sold
to ransom stolen children ... They left Iraq, they say, only because they were
too terrorized to stay."
"All Sunday's attacks were against Catholics rather than Eastern Orthodox
churches, suggesting that Christians who owed their allegiance to Rome had
become targets in the anti-Western campaign, Catholic clerics said," says the
Financial Times, adding, "Iraq's 650,000-strong Christian community is
depleting fast. Most of the 3 million Christians of Iraqi origin now live
abroad, mainly in the U.S. and Western Europe. Tens of thousands have moved to
Syria and Jordan, many crammed into tenement blocks, living on charity, banned
from work and waiting for visas out of the Arab world."
From Lebanon, scores of thousands of Catholics have fled in recent decades,
leaving those behind as a shrinking minority in a Muslim land where they once
flourished and, indeed, led.
Last May, in Nigeria's second city, Kano, Muslim youth went on a midnight
rampage with cutlasses, clubs and machetes, massacring 600 Christians and
leaving their bodies in the streets. Sixteen churches burned to the ground.
The senior Muslim cleric in the city ordered all Christians out. Some 30,000
were driven from their homes.
In Kosovo in March, Albanian mobs, enraged over false rumors that Serbs were
responsible for the drowning of three Muslim boys, looted and torched 17
monasteries, churches and convents. To protect these same Kosovar Albanians,
the United States launched a 78-day bombing campaign on Belgrade and Serbia in
All the world is today focused on Darfur in the western Sudan. Forgotten are
the millions of Christians in the southern Sudan who suffered torture,
slavery, mutilations, rapes, starvation, massacres and exile at the hands of
Sudanese soldiers after Khartoum declared Islamic law for the nation.
Between 1974, when Indonesia invaded East Timor, and 1999, when East Timor
voted for independence, the United Nations has documented at least 120
massacres, with many involving hundreds of dead in this small Catholic
country. After independence, Indonesian troops slaughtered over 1,000 East
Timorese in rage over their decision to break free of Jakarta.
In Egypt, the 6 million Christian Copts have begun openly to protest
persecution by Muslim fanatics and local authorities. If, as President Bush
has assured us, "Islam is a religion of peace," what is going on? Why the
persecutions? Why the rampages and massacres to force peaceful Christians to
flee their homes in Nigeria, Sudan, Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Indonesia?
Answer: What is going on in the Islamic world is something akin to what
happened in Europe from the Spanish Reconquista in 1492 through the Thirty
Years War. As Isabella was determined to expel the Moors and de-Islamicize all
of Spain, militant Muslims are today determined to expel all Christians and to
de-Christianize the Islamic world.
They intend not only to drive Americans out of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other
Arab lands, but to drive the Christian minorities out – as aliens, traitors
and collaborators of the West. Islamic terrorists are engaged in what has been
called Fourth Generation warfare, warfare by non-state actors, warfare that
will not be defeated with Tomahawk missiles and F-16s. And the militant
Islamists conducting this form of warfare against Christian minorities in
their midst are only confirmed in the justice of their jihad by America's
imperial presence in Iraq and our domination of the Middle East and Arab
The Western empires came and conquered the Islamic world in the 19th and early
20th centuries. They then departed or were driven out in wars of national
liberation. But the Christian minorities who had lived peacefully there for 20
centuries, and who were left behind when the West went home, are now paying
the price of our occupations and of militant Islam's determination to purge
and purify the Dar al Islam of all the hated residue of the Christian West.
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