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Mosul's Christian holocaust

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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Thanks for running the Reuters' article “Bombings kill 27 as Baghdad staggers” (July 20), regarding Chaldean Catholics and other Christians in Iraq.

The dearth of information from the wire services has been pathetic despite the virtual elimination of Christianity in Mosul after 2,000 years. This is not just a sad historic event, it's a gruesome event with beheadings of young Christian men.

And the Western world's response? Yawn! No bipartisan congressional action. No telephone-and-pen executive order from President Obama. No United Nations Human Rights or Security Council resolutions.

An Islamic caliphate is now blooming in the Middle East and beginning to sprout in traditionally Christian countries such as France. And what about the United States? Since we have been unable to secure our borders and know the passion of jihadists, it's certainly plausible they are in our country.

One recalls Pastor Martin Niemöller's famous words regarding Hitler and the Nazis: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The Rev. James Holland

West Deer

The writer is the pastor of the Transfiguration Parish in Russellton.

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