American Thinker Obama’s one-two punch of incompetence and intentionally malicious acts have directly contributed to yet another horror unfolding in the Middle East.
The headline at Catholic Culture reads: “Christians in Mosul told: leave, convert, or die”
Christians in Mosul, Iraq, have been told that they must leave, convert to Islam or accept dhimmitude, or die.
A communique from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gave Christians a deadline of June (sic) 19, saying that if they do not leave or accept Islamic rule, “their destiny is the sword.” The Aleteia web site, citing local sources, said that this message was being broadcast on loudspeakers by mosques in Mosul.
Bishop Saad Sirop, an auxiliary of the Chaldean Catholic patriarchate in Baghdad, told Aid to the Church in Need: “In the last hours, the jihadists of ISIL have forced the few remaining Christians in Iraq’s second city to leave their homes.”
Those who do leave the city have been stopped at checkpoints, where jihadists have confiscated some of their possessions and even their vehicles. In Mosul, homes belonging to Christians are being marked by jihadists, to be taken over and looted. ISIL has ordered that Christians may not be given food from relief shipments.
Breitbart reports (with the full text of Sako’s letter in the piece):
Iraq’s Christian leaders have just made a desperate cry for help. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Catholic church, has issued an appeal “to all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world.”
The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities.
But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s Christians look to be on the verge of genocide.
On June 16th it was reported that ISIS had marked the doors of Christians in red. Patriarch Sako’s letter confirms that rumor. While no one yet knows what this ominous sign foretells, Sako and other Christian leaders are pleading with the world to intervene before the meaning of the sign is made clear. (snip)
Bishop Habash said, “Christians throughout the Middle East have been targeted, and we are on the verge of being exterminated. The West stepped in to stop the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and Kosovar Muslims, so we know it can be done. The West must step in now and save the Middle East’s Christians, or we will be wiped out.”
As reported The Right Scoop:
It’s being reported that for the first time in history, the Iraqi city of Mosul is now empty of Christians after a warning was blasted from mosque speakers, and flyers passed out. The ultimatum issued was to either flee the city, pay the ‘al-Jiziya’ tax for Jews and Christians living under Muslim dominance prescribed in the Koran, or “face the sword.” After seeing their bloodthirsty viciousness in dealing with the remnants of the Iraqi army, the Christians chose to leave.
For. The. First. Time. In. History.
A once vibrant Christian community in the ancient city of Mosul is no longer because they have been driven out by the growing call to subjugate or kill all infidels. With no Jews left in Iraq, that leaves only Christians to expel.
And the world seems not to care. Or worse.
This lays, in part, at the feet of Obama. He abandoned Iraq and left a vacuum which has been filled by Islamic terrorists. And as the vacuum is filled, Christians have been emptied from the land. The last remaining Christians in Mosul are running for their lives.
Say a prayer for each and every Christian fleeing Mosul and struggling mightily throughout the Muslim world.