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Monday, October 27, 2008

Iraq's Christians: another Bush legacy

What nearly 2,000 years of war and oppression couldn't accomplish, the Bush administration has: the destruction of one of the world's oldest Christian communities.

As The Washington Times' Ken Timmerman reports, the targeting of Iraqi Christians for murder by Muslims continues unabated, and the nation is rapidly being emptied of its Christian community:

Failure to prevent the mass exodus of Christians from Iraq will lead to an Islamicized Iraq, a tragic legacy for the presidency of George W. Bush. This can only be averted by taking urgent steps aimed at "anchoring" the Assyrian Christian population in their historic homeland.

So, after six years, trillions of dollars down the crapper, more than 4,000 U.S. combat deaths, and hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis (many of whom were just in the wrong place at the wrong time), we can add this highlight of ethnic cleansing and Islamic extremism to the mix. Well done, President Bush and your Neocon cabal. Now good riddance.

What's even more mystifying to me is the continued support Bush enjoys among my fellow evangelical Christians, the one group of people I'd half-expect to express utter outrage over this. But so far ... silence. Could this point to the evangelical preference for Israel over fellow Christians, something I've noticed more than once among the John Hagees and others (Dispensationalist especially, but not exclusively) of this world?