Blog author: jballor
Thursday, January 4, 2007
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One of the oft-overlooked groups in the Iraq conflict are Iraqi Christians (many of whom are Chaldean Christians). Chances are if you hear about an Iraqi ethnic or religious minority, they are either Kurds or Sunni Muslims.

Doug Bandow, who writing a book on religious persecution abroad, points out the dilemma facing native Christians in Iraq in his latest piece for The American Spectator, “Iraq’s Forgotten Minority” (HT: The Point). Writes Bandow, “Although the Shiite- dominated government does not oppress, Christians are a uniquely vulnerable, disfavored minority with neither political power nor militia protection. Christians, usually in business and often thought to have wealthy relatives abroad, are targeted by criminals. Believers also are caught in the violent cross-fire that now characterizes so much of Iraqi society.”

Bandow argues that Christians should be object of special regard for US forces in Iraq, and that the US government should be opening its arms to refugees. But while more than 100,000 Iraqi Christians sought to emigrate to the US, only 200 were granted access in 2006. Check out the rest of Bandow’s piece for some even more shocking numbers.

One other option for fleeing Iraqis, Christians included, has been refuge in neighboring Syria, but Christians at least don’t look to be getting much of a reception there either (HT: Religion Clause).

All in all the situation seems to be a strange recapitulation of the sojourn of Abraham, “a wandering Aramean,” who went up out of Ur of the Chaldeans with his family at the Lord’s call.


  • http://www.CHALDEAN.org www.CHALDEAN.org

    To learn more about the plight of Chaldeans and the Diaspora please visit http://www.CHALDEAN.org. The website is dedicated to the Chaldean community forced out of their native lands because of Islamic conquest and religious persecution. The website provides local, national, and global issues relevant to the Chaldean people.

    Thank you for bringing attention to the suffering of these ancient people.

  • Bob Kay

    Look at the Armenians and what happened to them in WWI. Then you won’t be surprised about the topic you wrote about.

  • www.Aramnaharaim.org www.Aramnahrin.org

    the iraqi christians (Chaldean, Aramean) need a country