Thursday, June 28, 2007

A startling call for withdrawal from Iraq

"Let the Iraqis kill each other, but let the occupying power get out, because they are not killing each other because they are Sunni or Shiite, but because they are with the Americans or against the Americans," said Chaldean Catholic Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, according to a story posted at Catholic Online.

Kind of shocking, but it certainly indicates how desperate even Iraqi Christians are to have the U.S. out of Iraq. A good number of Iraqi Christians are part of the Chaldean Church, which has a Catholic branch. Those Christians have suffered greatly in the violence and make up some 40 percent of Iraqis fleeing their country, though they make up only a small portion of the population.

One thing you have to say for him: He has a lot more moral authority to call for a withdrawal than any of our politicians. I'll say nothing of our own U.S. bishops, whose silence on this matter is a little shocking.



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