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NEWS: Assyrian Christians in Iraq suffering attacks.

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posted on Sep, 22 2004 @ 01:29 AM

Originally posted by Muaddib

Originally posted by marg6043
Do you see any of this muslins pushing Islam on christians here in US.?

I have not seen these responses before so i am responding now.

To anwser your question.. yes Marg, not too long ago we were discussing that at least in one town in the US there was talk of allowing Muslim prayers be broadcasted through loudspeakers,

You can find that thread here.

Not sure how this is considered pushing Islam on Americans though.

posted on Sep, 22 2004 @ 01:46 AM

Originally posted by taibunsuu
Odd that Christians and Muslims lived together in Iraq peacefully (Tariq Aziz, Iraqi Foreign Minister for Saddam, was Christian) and now that we invade the Christians are being persecuted. But don't worry, everything over there is better than it was under Saddam. lol

About the above you are wrong, first of the Assyrian Christians were/are the true natives of Iraq and parts of Iran, until they were invaded by Muslims.

Since that time Assyrian Christians and others have had to either suffer heavy taxes for being non-Muslims or convert to Islam. Those that did not convert appart from paying very high taxes have been systematicaly harrased or killed.

According to news report, Saddam was actually waging a private war against these people, many that had lived in Iraq had to escape. It is true that now they are suffering a lot also, and Muslims blame the Christians even more since they are associating them with the west. But to say they were a happy bunch under Saddam is showing that you don't know the situation these people were in. Saddam had razed hundreds of Assyrian Christian villages in order to assimilate the small minority into the Arab world.

"During Saddam's time," Kana says, "we were disrespected guests in our own home." The Baathist regime destroyed close to 200 villages and over 125 churches and historical monasteries in the region; it tried to impose Koranic law on Christian children; it employed a policy of Arabization toward the Assyrian community; it assassinated the leader of the Assyrian Christian church; it exiled and killed many in the Chaldean community. "They destroyed us and deported our people, without even giving them a chance," Kana notes.

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The following is a small summary of what the Assyrian Christians had to go through. Bear in mind that there are/were other religions in the region who have also suffered like this people.

Since Assyrians are geographically hemmed in by Persians, Turks, Kurds and Arabs, they have suffered terrible persecution in the modern era. In 1915, many were slaughtered by the Ottomans and the Kurds. In 1919, they sought their own state. When the British took over Mesopotamia after World War I, they judged the Assyrians' situation so desperate that they considered moving them to Canada. In 1930, there were proposals to transfer them to South America, in 1932 to Syria. Following massacres by the Arabs in 1933, the British flew the patriarch to Cyprus for safety while the League of Nations debated moving them to Brazil or Niger(!). Under Saddam's censuses, they were not allowed to register as Assyrians, only as Arabs or Kurds. Now many Assyrians have fled to southern California and Chicago, and Chaldeans to Detroit.

Middle East scholar Mordechai Nisan has written that the “cutting edge of modern Middle Eastern statehood was a cruel portent for certain minority peoples, specifically Christian ones like Armenians in Turkey and Assyrians in Iraq.” The “tyranny of the majority” was, he notes, “a formula in the East for repression and loss on a grand scale.”

And today? Interviewing Assyrian leaders recently in Baghdad, I found the lessons of this history crystallized in their continuing fear of such a tyranny. They worry that America will yield to demands for Islamic law from the Islamist bloc in the new Iraqi governing council and that they will once more become a barely tolerated and often despised minority.

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posted on Sep, 22 2004 @ 02:06 AM
Fact is Hussein was not pushing a Muslim agenda for Iraq. He was a secularist. He's pictured throughout the country wearing local garb, as a Shiite, as a Sunni, wearing traditional peasant clothing, wearing Western business suits, and wearing a military outfit.

Tariq Aziz is an Assyrian Christian.

Iraq persecuted many various groups in the country. It was not best place in world to live and isn't now, either. Now Saddam the dictator's gone, the borders are wide open, and guess who's pouring into Iraq? Militant Muslims. There's no security in the country, so they're free to blow away all the Christians they can find.

Maybe these militant Muslims think Saddam's government being secular was too soft. Maybe they want to be like our good buddies Saudi Arabia, where it's a death sentence to carry a Bible.

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