One of the tragedies of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq is the depopulation of Christians from a country in which they had thrived for well over a millennia. The death of Pope Shenouda III this weekend reminds us that the persecution of Christians is not limited to Iraq, but has infected the entire region to such an extent that Jesus himself would not be welcomed in the place of his birth. The tragedy that has befallen Iraqi Christians is compounded by Western nations’ rejection of them in favor of their persecutors.
The moving testimony of Sister Hatune Dogan, seen above, illustrates the collusion between United Nations refugee agencies and the U.S. State Department, which have no interest in assisting persecuted Christians. As Don Barnett pointed out in his speech to the Penn Club recently, the burden that local communities face in assimilating refugees is incalculable. Even though the demographic profile of immigrants from Iraq is much more suitable for the purposes of integration than that of Somalian refugees, there are still economic and cultural costs that the policy-makers who embrace this mass immigration have not fully contemplated.
What’s more, the thousands of Assyrian, Chaldean, Melkite and other believers who long to escape from Iraq are consistently shortchanged by a country where their communities have blossomed. Christians still constitute a majority of Arab immigrants to this country and have given this country many gifts, including a man who might one day become President of the United States. It’s not too much to ask of our government that it at least consider potential immigrants on their merits, not the sectarian hatred of creatures of the UN agencies.
Listen to Sister Hatunes words, and see if you don’t agree.