Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Iraq's Christian community hit by new wave of attacks

By Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent 10 Nov 2010
From the Telegraph UK

Suspected Islamist militants detonated 11 bombs in Christian suburbs across the Iraqi capital, striking indiscriminately at shops and homes owned by members of the increasingly vulnerable minority. At least five Christians were killed and a further 33 wounded, among them a four-month-old baby.

The attacks came less than a fortnight after extremists linked to al-Qaeda blew themselves up during evening mass at Baghdad's main Syriac Catholic church, killing over 50 worshippers.

In the aftermath of the church massacre, The Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda front, announced its intention to open upon the country's Christians "the doors of destruction and rivers of blood."


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet wrote that the land of Babylon would become "an object of horror... a wilderness, a parched land, and a desert... She will be completely desolate." And because of the judgment coming upon the land, his people should "come forth from her midst... and each of you save yourselves from the fierce anger of the LORD" (Jer 51:45).

Fortunately, many Christians are now doing what the Jews had already done, almost to a man -- they are fleeing from the coming violence and desolation.

As the Telegraph article reports, "Some Christians in Baghdad said the latest attacks had convinced them that there was no point in staying in Baghdad. 'It's not worth staying in a country where the government is not even able to protect you when you are sitting in your house,' said Juliet Hana, who was eating breakfast with her young daughter when the bombs began to detonate in nearby houses."

"Flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, for this is the LORD's time of vengeance; he is going to render recompense to her," (Jer 51:6).



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