Thursday, December 29, 2011

Not just Christmas

Srdja Trifković gives a depressing account of the wave of violence Christians in the Middle East have been subjected to over Christmas time. And while Trifković does not say it directly, the implications in the article are clear enough in stating that the worst is yet to come.

Trifković also describes what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot:

If the Jewish or Muslim population of America or Western Europe were to start declining at the rate at which Christian communities are disappearing in the Middle East, there would be an outcry from their coreligionists all over the world. There would be government-funded programs to establish the causes and provide remedies. The endangered minority would be awarded instant victim status and would be celebrated as such by the media and the academy. By contrast, when the President of the United States visited Jerusalem in October 1994, he was steps away from the most sacred Christian shrines but did not visit any of them. He did not meet a single representative of the Christian community, which remained invisible to him. A decade later, as busloads of American evangelicals stare at the Western Wall dreaming of a rebuilt temple that will provide an eschatological shortcut through history, the remnant of that community is on the verge of extinction—unseen and unlamented.

Trifković implicitly blames modern liberalism and progressivism of the political elites and their hostility to Christian tradition of theirt lands for the lack of support and protection from the nominally christian states of Europe and America towards their Middle East co-releigionists. He omitts, however, another reason for this indifference: that it was the European and American governements who largely contributed to this orgy of bigotry and they naturally do not want unsettling questions asked about a whole number of things. Such as, why such animosity towards Christianity and Christians? What motivates it? Why did the Western governements support the toppling of regimes who gave at least basic protection to Middle East Christians? And in light of all this, what is the true nature of the so-called "Arab spring" and what will it lead to?

The answers to those might bring consequences that reach much further then a few governement resignations and/or terimnations of someone's career as a political commentator.

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