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7/23/2014 (8 months ago)

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Christians flee, others stay and wait for genocide.

Imagine you've been given a choice, and just days to make it. You must either change your religion, agree to pay thousands of dollars each year in punishing taxes, or you must leave your home with just the clothes on your back. No suitcases, no possessions. If you don't chose these things, you will be put to death. This is the choice many Christians were given this weekend, driven out on a new exodus from the Islamic State.

Iraqi Christians are being forced to flee Mosul or be put to death. It's the start of a campaign of genocide. Leave with nothing or die.

Iraqi Christians are being forced to flee Mosul or be put to death. It's the start of a campaign of genocide. Leave with nothing or die.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/23/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: genocide, islamic state, slaughter, christians, tax, Mosul, flee, holocaust


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A massive humanitarian crisis is developing as the newly-formed Islamic State which spans Syria and Iraq, consolidates power. True to their militant, fundamentalist Islamic charter, the state has ordered Christians to convert or die and given them a deadline by which to flee. Those choosing to leave are not allowed any possessions.

Only those who pay a steep, but unspecified fine will be permitted to stay - as long as they keep paying.

Let us pray for our Martyrs, both past and present...

On Friday the loudspeakers blared from every Mosque in Mosul that the Christians had their options. They could leave with nothing, pay an unspecified fine, convert to Islam, or be put to death. The deadline for the decision was on Saturday, just 24 hours.

Many Christians remained as of Saturday evening, saying they could not afford the costs to flee and they had no place to go. Departing Christians who attempted to take belongings said they were robbed of their possessions and forced to take residence in camps for displaced persons.

Phones, money, jewelry were all confiscated. Even the cars in which they have tried to flee have been taken. One woman claimed to be robbed of $15,000. Even wedding rings are being seized.

The Islamic State is serious about its intention to form a new Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East and to export Islam by whatever means necessary. The initial conquest is over, and now the consolidation of power has started. Once the cities and borders are secure, the state will likely cast its hungry gaze on neighboring cities, without respect for borders.

The entire region is in jeopardy and the Islamic State represents a potent existential threat to the world, as well as to states such as Iraq and Israel. Although they have been widely condemned for their tactics, the Islamic State is popular with people across the region especially Sunni Arabs that would like to see just such a religious state. As Christians flee, other Sunnis are flocking into the region to join the fighters there or to settle.

So far, although Iraq has fought back against the Islamic State, they have not made significant progress. At best, they have held the Islamic State in check. In time, a new offensive from a consolidated Islamic State could seize more territory.

Some volunteers are driving towards Mosul to pick up Christians forced to walk out of the country. Most Christians are headed north to Kurdish-held territory, chiefly to the city of Dohuk.

For Christians in the region, they face extermination. Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the Catholic Church in Iraq, has called for "all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world" to aid the victims of the Islamic State.

The next step for Christians in Mosul appears to be genocide.

The fighters of the Islamic State have not been trustworthy or merciful in their dealings with others. Former Iraqi soldiers, police, and government officials have all been rounded up and executed, left in mass graves. Their executions have even been filmed and turned into propaganda pieces with music and captions glorifying the murderers.

Over the weekend, a woman in a region of Syria controlled by the Islamic State was stoned for adultery, which demonstrated their fundamentalist zeal and willingness to swiftly carry out executions based on their laws.

Bishop Yousif Habash, a prominent Iraqi human rights activist living in the United States, has called upon the west to step in and prevent the pending genocide. He pointed out that the West stepped in to stop genocides of Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo, so he believes they can also prevent genocide in Iraq. However, any involvement there will require a substantial military commitment and so far President Obama has appeared entirely unwilling to commit that kind of force.

Unfortunately, the world has not learned its lesson from the Jewish holocaust and is therefore doomed to repeat it.

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