2014 December 31 Wednesday
Iraqi Christians Were Better Off Under Saddam Hussein
This is something our elites do not care about: The US invasion of Iraq shafted the Iraqi Christians. The Iraqi Christian population is less than a third the pre-invasion number in part due to deaths and in part due to flight from persecution.
For the Christians, times were undeniably better under Saddam Hussein, who, they say, at least kept them safe from sectarian violence. It is the same reason that many Christians, and other religious minorities, in Syria tolerate the police state of Bashar al-Assad.
What is amazing about this: George W. Bush professes to be a devout Christian. But he shafted Christians big time.
I look at the Middle East and think the minorities (e.g. Maronites, Copts, Yezidis) deserve their own mini-states. The Sunni Arab populations will totally screw over the unbelievers. So how about a big carve-out to create pure ethnic states where each ethnicity can be safe from Salafists and other oppressors?
By Randall Parker at 2014 December 31 04:45 PM
Not only Saddam Hussein protected the Christian minority in Iraq, but many of his most fervent generals were Christian Arabs. Specifically, the political system in Saddam's Iraq and Assad's Syria was based on Secular Arab Nationalism.
So far NATO is reticent about arming the Christian and other minorities in the Middle East or officially help them obtain their own lands, because of the unfounded belief that it will ultimately be possible for the US and EU to make peace with the religious fundamentalists. Also Turkey would object to Kurds declaring independence in Iraq and Syria because Turkey has its own Kurdish minority at home.
At this point I've lost all faith in elite decision-making. I'm embarrased to say I supported the Iraq invasion, albeit on falsified evidence of WMDs. America should offer asylum, transportation and resettlement to all Christian minorities in the US. If we're bringing in Somali Muslims, the least we could do is dilute the filth. If we did arm and support minorities in establishing their own states, I don't doubt that support could be withdrawn at any moment, on a whim. I don't see Obama doing anything to support any Christians, anywhere, anyway.
Perhaps the destruction of the Christian minorities was not a byproduct but one of the goals. The complete indifference of the US government to the plight of these people is hard to explain.
Tariq Aziz was a Christian. Hussein was no doubt brutal but he had no affinity with Islamic Fundamentalism. He was essentially an Arab modernist under whose rule Iraq became one of the more Westernized countries in the Arab world. He was not inclined to persecute people solely for religious reasons.
We replaced him with Maliki who was just as brutal and whose government was both massively corrupt as well as incompetent.
All true, but remember Saddam let the Fundies and proto-ISIS run roughshod over the Kurds while he was in power. To him, they were keeping the pesky Kurds occupied. Also, Ansar al-Islam's ties to al-Qaeda justified to many the invasion. Unfortunately, the US invasion didn't have another Baathist friendly agent in place to keep the lid on the whole mess. But, Democracy yeah!
Sadly, I think that the logic behind "minorities deserve their own mini-states" will become quite popular in North America and Europe among minorities in North America and Europe. And it will happen sooner than you think. Dividing people up by ethnicity and putting borders around them is one way of dealing with extremely diverse populations. The United States is already an ethnic crazy-quilt, and it's getting more complicated every day.