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‘If they kill us all, what would be the reaction of Christians in the West?’

18 December 2013

5:27 PM

18 December 2013

5:27 PM

The Silence of Our Friends, my Amazon Singles ebook about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, is published today. I know I’ve written several posts on this subject recently, so I promise to stop, so long as everyone buys the book. Otherwise I won’t. Ever.

It’s a subject that has become ever more urgent this year with violence against Christians in Syria, where Islamists have been engaged in ‘religious cleansing’, and in Egypt, which saw the worst anti-Christian violence in centuries.

Over the weekend the leading Catholic in Iraq, Patriarch Louis Sako, was in Rome where he lamented the west’s apathy, after a decade in which 1,000 Iraqi Christians have been murdered, over 60 churches bombed, and a pre-war population of one million reduced to 200,000 at most.

He said: ‘We feel forgotten and isolated. We sometimes wonder, if they kill us all, what would be the reaction of Christians in the West? Would they do something then?’

I first became aware of the Iraq situation in 2004, when I worked for a men’s magazine and one evening was appearing on BBC3 to talk about the issue of whether men should use moisturiser and hand cream. The cab driver taking me to the Beeb had a strange-looking cross on his dashboard, and when I asked about it he said it was from Baghdad, where he was from and where his relatives were being subjected to appalling sectarian violence. There was almost no mention in the media about there even being Christians in Iraq.

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As long as I’ve been writing for The Catholic Herald we’ve been covering the almost incessant violence committed against Christian minorities in the wider Middle East. Although the nationals have reported it, the issue has never really impinged on the national consciousness, and was ignored by the television media, as well most politicians and opinion opinion-formers – a recent, 3-hour BBC documentary about the Iraq War did not even mention minorities.

Now it has started to gain traction, and Prince Charles has become the latest high-profile person to raise the issue, at a meeting with Middle Eastern Christians in London yesterday. He said:

‘For 20 years I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding. The point though, surely, is that we have now reached a crisis where bridges are rapidly being deliberately destroyed by those with a vested interest in doing so. 

‘This is achieved through intimidation, false accusation and organised persecution including to the Christian communities in the Middle East at the present time.’

That’s a point I try to make in the ebook: eastern Christians have been a vital bridge between the worlds of Islam and Christianity. They translated many of the classics from Greek to Arabic, and more recently disseminated western ideas in the Middle East, both good and bad (many Ba’athists were Christian, who had easier access to fantastic western ideas such as socialism and extreme nationalism – you’re welcome, Arab world!). But Charles Malik, who framed the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an attempt to apply western ideas about the freedom of the individual to the whole world, was a Lebanese Christian.

If Christians are driven out, who will bridge these two civilisations? The world will become a more dangerous and polarised place, and much more difficult for moderate Muslims both in the Middle East and in Europe. As the Patriarch said last weekend, the only way to stop this is to press Middle Eastern countries, many of them supposed allies, to provide security and to change aspects of their social systems that discriminate against religious minorities, including blasphemy laws.

For those who make no effort to press for religious freedom and security in the Middle East, because they are scared of appearing Islamophobic, how do you think history will judge that excuse?

As a Syrian shopkeeper in the Islamist-occupied village of Ma’loula said to the BBC in September – tell the Europeans and Americans that we sent you St Paul to take you out of the darkness.

What will we do for them? At the current rate it will soon be the last Christmas in the land of St Paul.

The Silence of Our Friends, by Ed West, is published as an ebook by Amazon Singles


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  • John

    Mark Arabo intends to do aid Iraqi Christians by pressing Congress to pass the Nineveh Plain Refugee Act or HB 5430. This was legislation that he crafted with Congressman Juan Vargas. Please support his efforts at http://minorityhf.org or visit http://online.wsj.com/articles/iraqi-catholic-church-suspends-nine-american-priests-for-leaving-posts-1414189272

  • Eryc

    I wouldn’t hold your breath over western Christian outrage. “Christians” in the west seem more concerned about the SUPPOSED free speech infringements of hillbilly Duck Dynasty bigots, the “evils” of “Obamacare” and liberals, and the imaginary “war on Christmas” than real suffering… Jesus weeps…

    • la Catholic state

      He actually wasn’t a bigot….he was actually a Christian!

  • RoxanneRoxanadana

    The big danger is the one facing Copts, actually; 10,000,000 might be killed. As for Syria, it’s a civil war. The key is to get out of Syria ASAP. What we need to do is to admit more refugees from that country.

    • la Catholic state

      I agree. Persecuted Christians need more than words. Safe passage and British citizenship should be offered. But will it?! Or will there just be nice words.

      • Bonkim

        You must be living in cloud-cuckoo land. Not even nice words.

  • Paul J

    The muted reaction of the west to the kidnapping of the 12 nuns in Malloula will worsen the situation. The jihadis were slightly nervous about openly targetting the Christians, but the’ve now realised that the apologists for the Syrian “rebels” will provide cover for them no matter what

  • The Blue Baron

    Christians in the West would react by saying “oh gosh, isn’t that awful”.

    Then they’d go back to eating their dinner.

  • Richard Carruthers-Zurowski

    One of my mother’s bridge partners, Cordelia, is an Iraqi Christian. When my brother John, 65, suddenly died last year she asked my mother what she could do for us. Overcoming her almost Victorian reluctance to accept charity, even from a friend (Mother was 87, and was brought by parents born in 1883 and 1885), my mother said a casserole would be most welcome as she didn’t feel much like cooking just then (after losing her first-born child). Cordelia turned up with near-miraculous speed and unloaded a week’s worth of meals she’d cooked from scratch. Now that’s old fashioned Christian kindness on its original Middle Eastern (Catholic) scale which set us back on our heals, and came in most handily.

    Yet Cordelia related that a lady (I hope not Western-born and Anglican like us) here in West Vancouver had rather patronisingly remarked to her that it was very quick of Cordelia to be wishing people a Merry Christmas or a Happy Easter since by her accent she was obviously an Arab. Cordelia, using restraint some might find extraordinary, mildly asked the woman where she thought Christianity came from in the first place!

  • The_Savage

    We’re no longer a Christian country so we don’t care.

    • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

      This unfortunately is not true the Labour party who lead the country into invading Iraq prides itself in being devout Christians.

      • Bonkim

        Really? Blair converted to Catholicism – just to please his wife.

        • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

          You seem to be suggesting that the Labour party invaded Iraq because the Labour leader was under the thumb of his wife. I would argue that a vast majority of the cabinet were and still are Christians.

          • Bonkim

            You are not following the thread – on the wrong track – Blair led his government through the blind road and went along with Bush – a huge costly mistake that still has not been closed. His conversion had nothing to do with going to War. But Saddam Hussein did not help himself being beligerant ten years after the first Iraq War.

            • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

              This s hard to believe. My understanding is that Blair was always a Christian and there was no conversion involved. When Dubija called for a crusade ( In a public statement) against the Moslems, Tony was only too willing to join in such a venture in the spirit of Richard the Lion Heart.. The first invasion of Iraq was in 1917 and was under occupation by the English until 1947.

              • Bonkim

                I have difficulty understanding you – British colonial history and the mandate over Iraq, etc following WW1 and break up of the Ottoman Empire. Yes Iraq has a chequered history and at the time was not a nation state as you would define today. The colonial powers were fighting it out through their local war lords and hereditary princes. there was power play to get at the oil and other natural resources.

                Most people in these lands were nomadic Bedus and Merchants in cities – mainly uneducated and warring with each other. You are mixing this with the Crusades. Those were the days of Empire – not many nation states as you know today.

                Tony Blair (previously Church of England) converted to Catholicism in December 2007 – his wife and children were already Catholics – assume that is his private business and nothing to do with Richard the Lion Hearted and the Crusades.

  • Mr. Lordington

    Or, everyone grow up, accept reality as it is and give up your particular brand of myth. The enlightened are sick and tired of sharing this rock with lunatics, regardless of whom your prophet is.

    • Bonkim

      Many Christians here – Not all that shout Lord Lord will go to the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

  • Donafugata

    Offer to take all the Christians from Syria, Egypt, Iraq in exchange for Muslims in Britain.

    • Bonkim

      Do we want to replace one lot of aliens for another?

      • David Kay

        yes

      • The Laughing Cavalier

        The Christian aliens have the same values as us, whereas the others are indeed alien. The answer is yes.

        • Bonkim

          Take them in your home then.

  • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

    Perhaps Ed West lives in a world divorced from reality. The crusade against Islam which took the form of the Christian invasion of Eyerack and the murder of countless people by the use of cluster bombs, puts into the shade your concern about persecution.

    • Wessex Man

      Let me get this right, you are saying that the Crusades a thousand years ago justify the persecution of native born Christians now. Do you advocate the restoration of the Americas North and South and the ethnic cleansing of the muslims in Bosnia?

      • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

        Good grief the crusade was declared by our leader G.Bush on the teli. not a thousand years ago. I suspect you are a Christian that refuses to acknowledge your part in the murder of non-Christians.

        • la Catholic state

          Christian Crusaders went to help their fellow Christians. And will do again sometime.

          • Bonkim

            Plundering and pillaging all the way through Christian lands.

          • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

            The original crusaders aim was to return the Holy Land to Christ after Islam had conquered this small part of Syria. The crusaders were European and had no right to be in Arabia. You state the Christians will do this again and murder yet more non Christians this is hardly surprising given the invasion of Iraq and other Islamic countries.

    • Nesbyth

      The invasion of Eyerack as you call it, really started this whole “Arab Spring” disaster off, which has led to the targeting of Christians on such a vicious scale.
      And yes, the bombing was shameful. Not sure how T. Blair has the gall to turn himself into a “peace envoy” or whatever label he gives himself.

    • la Catholic state

      The Crusades were too little too late. They fought Jihadis….and we all know by now why!

      • Bonkim

        Read your history – the Crusaders did more to destroy Byzanteum that the Mongol Turks. The peasant Army that marched through Europe and Asia Minor to the Holy lands laid waste, raped, pillaged and plundered all the way and once there resumed their inter-tribal warfare often siding with the Turks and Arabs.

      • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

        The crusade may have been late but killed up to 500,000 non Christians, How much blood do you people need to prove how gentle Jesus is.

        • la Catholic state

          Proof of what you say please. Lies come from Satan. Crusaders are heros….who fought evil jihadis.

          • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

            Surely it is obvious that Christian Britons three invasions of Iraq and the three Afgan wars killed at least 500,000 Moslems. I am sure this is a conservative estimate. Proof please that the Christians killed nobody.

  • MProblem

    Christians in the West wouldn’t give a crap if all the Syrian Christians were massacred, my dear lady. They would be demonized and ostracized as “racists” if they even dared to hint that they were concerned about the fate of their Middle Eastern brethren. Senator Rand Paul of the U.S. already addressed it and the professional panty-piddlers crucified him.

    • Wessex Man

      Of course we care, if we didn’t we wouldn’t be making a fuss, I afraid it’s the professional politicians who don’t care, not us buy the book.

      • Bonkim

        Not many though.

    • Bonkim

      They are not Mid-East Brethren which is culturally quite different from the European/British variety. In fact Christianity was not the religion of the ancient Britons but an imposition.

  • Newcombe

    205 Christians killed in Nigeria:

    “Seven Christian communities were completely ravaged by the rampaging
    Muslim Fulani gunmen,” Audu said. “The previous Thursday, Nov. 8, two
    Christian communities of Ikpele and Okpopolo were attacked by the Muslim
    Fulani herdsmen in a raid that resulted in the killing of three persons, injuring many others, and the displacement of about 6,000
    Christians.”

    http://morningstarnews.org/2013/12/at-least-205-christians-killed-by-fulani-herdsmen-in-benue-state-nigeria/

    At the end corner of the world – this time in “peaceful” Indonesia, same story, different part of the world:

    http://www.worthynews.com/12688-indonesia-islamists-attack-christian-community-during-service

    Again, name me one Muslim country where non-Muslim population is
    not under threat, be it Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Jews or Hindus. Show me one place in the entire Muslim world where population of these non-Muslims is increasing.

    Oh, but ignore me, I’m just being an anti-Muslim bigot.

    • Bonkim

      Not an anti-Muslim bigot – but also look at the tens of thousands/millions of Muslims killed or displaced at all these locations. Sectarianism is endemic, social organisation and cohesion totally lacking, and in a civil war there is no place for neutral groups or those that don’t fit in with the extremists.

      In Syria 3 or 4 or more millions displaced, tens of thousands dead and maimed – mainly by the established government; only a fraction of them Christians. Anti- Christian or anti-Jewish sentiments rise and easy scapegoats within a middle-ages cultural environment.

      Whilst not all Muslims are terrorists or bigots, regrettably their religion is one of exclusion of all others that do not conform.

      I don’t see if the West can mobilise to help only the Christian segments of this chaotic region.

      • disqus_9I6C4azbIA

        For once I agree with you.

    • Bonkim

      Christianity was imposed by alien invaders in all the regions you refer to.

  • Newcombe

    Wherever Islam treads, deaths, destruction and forced conversions of non-Muslims and their churches, temples and schools is never far behind. Name me once place where, since Islam’s invasion, there is freedom and a an increase in non-Muslim population. Don’t try it, you won’t find it. And as night follows day, it will happen here soon, given our utter betrayal of our values and pride. And yet, Islam is always portrayed by our politicians and media as under threat from us, whereas complete reverse is the truth.

    I would like to swap these Middle Eastern Christians with all the readership of Guardian (lets face it there is not many left in either camp).

    It beggars belief that we keep quiet about this, and yet, it didn’t stop Obama to lecture the poor Burmese Buddhists to show restraint when they are constantly attacked, killed and are under constant threat of annihilation by the ever increasing population of Muslim converts.

    Kudos to you Ed and the Spectator for being brave and swimming against the media tide bent on appeasing terror.

    • Bonkim

      Yes not unlike the invasion of Catholic missionaries and land-grabbers across Asia, and the Americas 4 centuries ago which destroyed indigenous cultures and places of worship, and massacred/forcibly converted millions..

      • Keith D

        This is the 21st century and the relevant frame for this discussion is now. Its easy to criticise acts committed 500 years ago in the name of Christianity without referencing that it has quite clearly undergone a Reformation abrogating such acts. But that doesn’t suit the agenda of anyone seeking to grant equivalence between a Dark Ages Christianity capable of change, with an evil Islam only capable of atrocity upon atrocity.

        As evidenced every single day in our century.

        • Bonkim

          History of the Mid-East is a continuation from the Middle-ages – and today’s societies just waking up to injustices of the past as they have been suppressed all these centuries/ Modern communications make it possible for such news to spread fast – similar things happened earlier with not many coming to know – there was no TV/radio/internet.

          You have to look at the whole picture to make sense – not take sides with this or that ethnic or sectarian groups and their suffering as if that is the main issue. The whole region is in flames – Islamic extremists are part of the problem, so the entrenched social and sectarian inequalities and also the exploitation by foreign powers in recent history, all factors to be addressed. the west has ceased to be Christian in its narrow definition, religion is no longer an important issue to most in Britain. there are other causes and no one wants hordes of Mid-East cultures (and Mid-East Christian culture is as alien to Britian as Islam is) coming here and establishing their ghettos.

          • Keith D

            Agreed in part, Bonkim, and I’m aware there are many factors that need to be addressed in what to my mind should be a progressive world in this century, defined by our embracing of respect and consideration of all peoples.

            My family has hardly benefited from Western Imperialism in the past, and I therefore have no truck with those who would wish me to feel guilt for it.

            I’m a little disconcerted that you use the term “Islamic extremists” when scholars regularly demonstrate that those extremists are in fact mainstream. The true believers if you like.

            Mid East Christian culture is most certainly different to ours, but its not as alien as Islam.

            Islam wants to kill you and your children, Christians do not.

            No matter our perception of historical events I’m more concerned with the future because thats where my grandchildren are going to live.

            And I feel that the day is soon coming, if not already here, when the majority of people realise what the greatest threat to our childrens peaceful future is.

            Its already here, and its growing. Its not going to end well.

            • Bonkim

              Yes quite so – social conflict arises from opposing ideas and ideologies. What you have to be careful is not to get carried away by paranoia and find solutions – as hasty and gut-feel actions only go to justify the opponents’ beliefs and those that have nothing to lose will go further than those that want to build on what they have.

              It is not too difficult to revert to 18th and 19th century or fascist methods – but will find that once the main point has been addressed (if they can be) by undemocratic methods, the methods will be used against other internal opposition forces – leading to a spiral that will be in the control of those in power.

              Britain have cut through various unstable situations in history and has come out tops simply because of not acting on emotional gut-feel such as has been the case in most conflict situations in Europe and rest of the world – for that reason, Britain has lost very few wars or lost all – Wars are simply situations when other methods fail – not the solution to finding less violent situations.

              look up British history – falling within the mindset of ones enemies is the worst thing you do if you want to win.

              Pity we removed capital punishment from the law-books. There are many enemies around, not just the extremist Islamic variety.

              • Keith D

                Absolutely.
                Nevertheless its about the future. More muslims equals more misoginy and violence. Not a great prospect.

                • Bonkim

                  What is your solution to help the persecuted in the Mid-East?

                • Keith D

                  That we grow a pair and create a safe haven.
                  Our yellow treacherous elites dont care, although they’ll create an enclave to syphon off oil.
                  With the power that even Europe alone has we can provide shelter for the persecuted there.
                  Wont happen though, they dont want to offend the perpetually offended.

                • Bonkim

                  Europe will be overwhelmed if you bring in all the persecuted and poverty-stricken Christians of the world and give them sanctuary.

                • Keith D

                  Not if we facilitate the repatriation of those Muslims who dont embrace our values.
                  ie, Most of them.

                • Bonkim

                  Live in hope – the numbers of Christians living outside Europe far exceed numbers of Muslims in Europe and how do you know all don’t subscribe to our values. and how many non-Muslims subscribes to our values and how do you define our values? Yo are daydreaming or suffering from deep-seated prejudices not unlike that prevailing amongst certain sections of UK Muslims.. Values are continuously in flux – those of present day Britain would be very strange to the British people of the decades immediately after WW2.

                • Keith D

                  Now you’re talking rubbish.
                  Disappointing to say the least.

                  We’re talking specifically about the ME where the Christians have been worse than decimated. Compared to the burgeoning muslim population in Europe who value child rape and mutilation in direct conflict with our values.

                  I do have a deep seated prejudice against those that invade my country, impose hostile values, dont work, overbreed, are violent, proselitysing evil murderers. Or at least keep silent about those in their midst who are.

                  Maybe you think we should just accomodate these barbarians. I dont, and I’m glad of it.

                • Bonkim

                  Mid-East Christians have the same mindsets, large families, and other aspects – don’t expect mid-Eastern Christians to have the same values as Western Europeans and the British.

        • Paul J

          Don’t bother engaging Bonkim, he really is exceptionally vile and gross.
          He’s the most horrible person I’ve ever come across on the internet. Seriously.
          He spams threads about Middle eastern Christians spreading indifference to genocide, like he’s doing now.

          • Bonkim

            You are still at it Paul J defending Assad the War criminal.

            • Paul J

              I’m attacking you, you loathsome creep.

              • Bonkim

                Wrong track – water off a duck’s back.

                you are as bigoted as some of these Islamic criminals and un-British. It is tragic that the minority Christians are persecuted and murdered in the Mid-East by Islamic bigots – until you recognize that the region and its culture in middle-ages religious extremism and that tens of thousands of people – mostly Muslims of the wrong sects are at the receiving end of their bigotry, you will remain a narrow minded bigot yourself.

                You have yet to offer any solution apart from your personal bile against anyone that does not accept your interpretation – I have nothing personal against you – simply that you need to expand your horizon.

      • la Catholic state

        Actually….people voluntarily became Catholic….sick of their blood thirsty and hopeless paganism. Read history and stop spreading lies.

        • Bonkim

          History written by the Holy Fathers? Are you trying to convince that to yourself? You ignorant git. Any religion that holds a human form as its head is Paganism incarnate – Holy Roman Empire – the successor to the Roman Empire once the Romans were forcefully converted as much of Europe. People all over the world were ignorant peasants that converted once their Tribal Chief or King did so.

          • la Catholic state

            The truth seems to perturb you. How sad.

            • Bonkim

              If you believe the Catholic Bible id the word of God you will believe anything. No different from any other blind religion developed to keep the peasants ignorant. No different from blind Islam.

  • Curnonsky

    So long as our leading politicians are invested in the myth of the “Religion of Peace” they will have a vested interest in ignoring the slaughter of Christians.

    • anotherjoeblogs

      I am beginning to see a shift, albeit a very slow one – prince charlie has criticised the jihadist islamists for atrocities against christians and a pattern may form. Of course the ” religion of Peace ” will still be trademark even if the contents of the tin contain something more noxious. The saving grace may indeed be that the ‘ islamist/islamism ‘ tag be addressed without cries of islamophobia.

      • David Kay

        too little too late from charles wales. While he’s been banging on about global warming being the greatest threat to humanity, the real greatest threat to humanity has been engaged in genocide against Christians. Shame on him

        • Bonkim

          Global warming does not distinguish between christians and Muslims and will hit all of us sooner or later in the not too distant future.

          • David Kay

            have you been pulling christmas crackers a little bit early this year. Thats a terrible joke

            • Bonkim

              Don’t believe in Santa Claus, in any case Christmas and related pagan rituals are shunned by true believers of the Bible.

              • David Kay

                you just believe in the holy religion of Global Warming and the teachings of the prophets Al Gore and Roger Harrabin. Your religion is killing tens of thousands of people a year because they cant afford to heat their homes.

                • Bonkim

                  Hello David – yes many old folk have difficulty paying their heating bills and I am not a supporter of environmental levy as you are assuming. But GHG emissions and global warming are realities, as also overpopulation and fast depleting resources. Yes I am against conspicuous consumption, the old and poor getting deeper in debt via pay-day loan companies, and indulging in the dreams created by clever marketing bods.

                  On the real plane, Britain is 75% dependent on outside resources, and regardless of whether you agree with me or not expanding such consumption based economy is doomed.

          • RobertC

            We are are in the middle of Global Cooling, which is an important part of Climate Change, so no need to worry about the Global Warming just yet.

            • Bonkim

              Depends on your decision span.

      • Paul J

        I would like to think so, but it may come too late for the Christians of the ME.

    • Bonkim

      The Christendom you dream of does not exist any more. People are suffering in their millions in the region – and a handful of Christians trivial in comparison.

  • Davidgw

    Thank you Ed, for helping to make this an issue as well as your brave jounalism generally. Few people seem to understand the importance of Christianity in founding the West´s values. As the great Kenneth Clarke noted in his masterwork, “Civilization”, we escaped Islam to found the West by the “skin of our teeth”. Personally, I think Richard Dawkins constant attempts to undermine Christianity is having dire consequences. Keep on with this please.

    • Tim Reed

      Please don’t blame atheists, directly or indirectly, for religious persecution. This is not a problem of our making.

      • Bonkim

        all religions are superstitions. All believe their God/s the one and only true God and all the rest rubbish.

  • Jez

    Three decades of outright social subversion means unless you host the X Factor win a show where eating kangaroo testicles or drink yourself senseless, partaking in outright antisocial behavior whilst being filmed then the masses don’t give a monkeys, I’m afraid.

    • Jez

      I use the outright promotion of people like Russell Brand as evidence.

      The world turned upside down it seems.

  • Pootles

    Keep on about this Ed, it is something that needs as much exposure as possible. I was surprised to read Prince Charles’ comments in my paper this morning, but also heartened. His apparent disillusionment with attempts at ‘bridge building’ is telling. One question, where are the ‘ethnically cleansed’ Christians going to? I know the majority of Egyptians in the UK are Copts, but where are the rest fleeing to? And can the UK government take them in, rather than hundreds of thousands more Pakistanis, Somalians etc.

    • Pootles

      P.S., I don’t have any device that can read The Silence of Our Friends – is there any chance that it could be printed as a pamphlet?

      • http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/ The Catholic Herald

        No plans as yet. it may get picked up by a publisher if it sells enough online. I will keep all informed here

        • Noa

          Download in PDF format by subscription?

    • crosscop

      I think they should be provided with a homeland in Lebanon. People forget that this land was once majority Christian ( originally 100% of course) and the Muslims only became the majority in the 1960s. I’m talking about a population swap. Christians in – Muslims out.

      • Crumbs

        The only safe place for Christians in the Middle East is Israel. A population swap with an enlarged Israel should just about do it.

      • MProblem

        Lebanon would be infiltrated by Muslims once again after they got back on their feet and the left would piddle their panties and screech “apartheid” if the Christians dared to keep them from obtaining their “better way of life” that the left thinks they are entitled to.

      • Guardian Reader

        What are you talking about? Christianity has nearly always been a minority religion in the middle east.

        • crosscop

          Lebanon ( along with what are now Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) was 100% Christian before being conquered by Muslim invaders.

        • black11hawk

          Err I think you need to brush up on your Middle Eastern history.

        • The Laughing Cavalier

          Christians were the middle east until the moslems killed or converted them by the sword.

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