If you missed it, Iraqi Christians were attacked again today. TODAY online offers, "Bombings and mortar attacks targeting Christians killed at least four people and wounded 19 others in Baghdad yesterday, Iraqi security sources said, 10 days after an assault on a Catholic cathedral that killed 52." This is from Adrian Blomfield's Telegraph of London article:
With yesterday's attacks giving extra gravity to the threat against them, Iraq's Christian clergy warned they were in danger of becoming forgotten by the West.
"It would be criminal on the part of the international community not to take care of the security of the Christians," said Athanase Matoka, the Syrian archbishop of Baghdad.
"Everybody is scared. People are asking who is going to protect them, how are they going to stay on in Iraq."
One of the world's oldest Christian communities, Iraq's Eastern Rite Catholics have long been in the sights of Islamist insurgents. Since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, their numbers have halved to just 400,000.
Do you you realize that while all of this is going on, Barack can't say a damn word?
Now someone wants to build something in New York City and he's all over it with opinions.
But he refuses to call out these attacks on Iraqi Christians.
And it's such a problem that even Patrick Cockburn hangs up the crazy to write:
Christians have called on the government to protect them and there is general anger in Baghdad that the 1,500 army and police checkpoints in the city are so ineffective in stopping bombers. It is also becoming clear that the Iraqi government's numerous intelligence organisations have failed to penetrate and disrupt al-Qa'ida's cells in Baghdad, Mosul and other cities with a large Sunni population. The Christians are particularly vulnerable because, outside rural areas in Nineveh province in northern Iraq, they are not numerous enough to have their own militia.
And this is Gerard Araud who is France's permanent rep on the UN Security Council speaking and answering questions:
As you know, the horrendous attack against the church of Our Lady of Salvation has created a lot of emotion in the French government, but also in the French public opinion. Let us be clear: any victim of terror deserves our attention, and any terrorist attack deserves utter condemnation. What is at stake with the attack against the Iraqi Christians is the deliberate will to destroy the Christian community there. Defending the Christians of Iraq is not only a moral and ethical choice, it is also a political necessity because when terrorists, Al-Qaida, are plotting to destroy the Christian community in Iraq, it is simply trying to attack the diversity and pluralism of the Iraqi society, which means the Iraqi democracy. The Christians in Iraq are on the front line of the fight for democracy and France wanted the Security Council to express its solidarity with the Iraqi Christians, which means with all the Iraqis and with the Iraqi democracy.
Q: On a related matter, what is France’s view of the request by the government of Iraq for the extension of immunity to the Development Fund for of Iraq ...?
We are going to discuss that now. I think we will be able to answer this question later on
Q: [Christians in Egypt, Western Sahara]
On the first question, we were focusing on Iraq. We were raising the issue of the Al Qaeda fight against the Iraqi Christians. On Western Sahara, there is a briefing which is due on the 23rd of November. There were some discussions that since we have had the talks between the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the other side in Greentree, this briefing could take place earlier... but it is up to the presidency of the Security Council to see with Mr. Christopher Ross if the agenda allows it. It is a question of agenda. And as you know next week is a pretty busy week, there is one day off and there is also the debate about Sudan, and the retreat of the Security Council. It is an agenda problem, it is not a political issue.
And again, Barack Obama has not said a word about the attacks on Iraqi Christians.
And he wonders why people doubt that he's a Christian?
The country watches him to deliver one speech after another about Islam and Muslims and blah blah and blah. But he's got nothing to say here. Zilch.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"