Saturday, May 21, 2005

sectarian violence

""The head of Iraq's largest Christian community has denounced American evangelical missionaries in his country for what he said were attempts to convert poor Muslims by flashing money and smart cars."

I normally don't link to al-Jazeera. But this story is talked about all over Iraq. Al-Jazeera is as good a source as anything else."
Well this is the first I hear about it. but it sounds to me, to just be another attempt by the "resistance" to put a wedge between another sector of the Iraqi population.
I think with all the resent news about the flaring up of sectarian violence in Iraq, that this sort of messages "is" resonating on the ground. All I can say to my Iraqi friends is, hold on, this rollercoaster ride is not over yet. The steepest hills and sharpest curves are yet to come.


Blogger Dilnareen said...

Its funny that it becomes secterian violence only when a sunni cleric dies. They've been killing all forms of iraqis the past 2 years. Sad i know
by the way nice site im finally able to access it, its the name mainly ..usually blocked off by proxies and websense and other nonsense

3:17 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Dilnareen, Welcome to my little blog. I have heard that complaint before, but mostly from the ME bloggers. I thought you were in Europe..Maybe I should pay closer attention. If you look around you will find many of your post linked here. Oh and a late thanks for the link over at KBU, I don't think I ever said it before.

I think we have to find a way to brake the circle of violence. Pay back might look like a good idea now, I know from reading the Kurdish blogs that they were ready for some pay back. But you have to separate the good people from the bad, and punish them only. I know not an easy thing in the middle of a war. I am sure that not all Sunnies are bad or had anything to do with saddam's regime. But the more pay back they feel the easier it is for the terrorist element to whip up these wedge issues to flare up the sectarian feelings.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Dilnareen said...

oh no didn''t mean sunnies, was concentrating more on the cleric bit of it. Espacially those ex-baathists in rags claiming to speak for all sunnis and all muslims. They were murderers during saddams time and they're murderers now, i just find it a bit ironoc that by just having one of their clan killed would suddenly mean civil war, im pretty sure hundereds of sunnis have been killed before him.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Dil, Tom,

Actually the Evangelical claims are true. As you know I'm an Iraqi Christian and I've been informed by these acts from different sources. It's been a source of frustration for many Iraqi Christian lately.


No Fr. Delly is not basing his claims on some terrorist groups message. He's the head of the Chaldean church and knows very well some NGOs are going to Iraq claiming to help Iraqis while their real goal is to convert people to Evangelism.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the update. I wonder if this incident don't bring to light a disconnect between the Church in Iraq and the American Evangelism. you said:

"their real goal is to convert people to Evangelism"

Which is kind of funny to hear, as that's what Evangelism is all about. It's like if you told me you were surprised when you saw a bird fly. I take it that the Christians in Iraq don't go around converting people... very strange from where I sit. The kind of Christianity that I grew up on, that's all we did, Try and convert people to our side. Little did I know, I thought all Christians were like that.
I am still a little worried that if the terrorist aren't using it as a wedge issue, they will be, and I can only imagine that the Iraq Christians don't need this problem. You would think that the Evangelicals that went to work in Iraq would have sat down with the locals and discussed these things before going out and sticking their foot up deep.

7:12 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Thanks for the update.
I wrote a longer response yesterday, but blogger must have been hungry. :)

4:59 PM  

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