Mr. Mark Arabo a Chaldean Catholic and prominent Californian businessman in a recent interview with CNN, has disturbingly promoted the export of Iraqi Christians from their native homeland under the pretext of concern. His views are contrary to the view point of his own Chaldean Church Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako who has expressly said that Mosul Christians should be able to stay in Iraq, not forced into exile.
It is worrying that under such a pretext this American businessman is promoting an idea that will obliterate one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. In his CNN interview Mr. Arabo called on the international community to follow France's lead and offer the Christians of Iraq asylum but seems oblivious to the fact that an earlier French offer of asylum for Syrian Christians afflicted by similar western backed rebels in Syria met with the condemnation of H.E. Cardinal al Rai the, Beirut based, Maronite Catholic Patriarch who denounced such offers of asylum for Christians believing it is part of a sinister geo-political plot to empty the entire region of its religious minorities for economic and political interest.
On June 20th last Mr Arabo in an interview with KPBS, a media outlet of San Diego University, made the disturbing comment “We're going to set up meetings with the State Department and from the beginning we've been very clear that we're hoping NATO and the U.N. come together to make sure they facilitate a mass exodus of Christians in Iraq.” Such misguided sentiments at best amount to treating an illness rather than finding a cure for the disease. While unacceptable it is understandable that this approach would be taken by a US citizen aligned to the American establishment because any cure for the disease of terror that afflicts the region would necessitate dealing with and sanctioning American regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar both of whom have long promoted sectarianism and from whose countries flow the ideology and funding that fuel the current destruction and terrorisation of the entire Iraqi community in the same way as it has already done in Syria.
Abouna.org the Jordanian based Catholic media out let reports: "The families that have fled Mosul "must be able to stay in our homeland, Iraq". Facilitating their exile through special visas is not the real solution, rather a political effort is needed that will "allow us all to remain in this nation that we love and to live in safety, equality and dignity with everyone"........The Patriarch thanked Paris.... "for their generous proposal", "it honors us and honors the countries that make it", but he stresses that "if we leave our homeland we will destroy the memory of our ancient history". Rather than a temporary, humanitarian solution to the emergency, a "political solution" is what is needed......"if France and other countries really want to help, [they should do so] encouraging these families to stay by sending them emergency aid to ease their pain and help the construction of housing in the cities where they can live in security". Full article here.
Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper reports:
The Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Levant has strongly criticized France's offer to grant Iraqi Christians political asylum, describing the move as an attempt to empty the region from
the adepts of Christ.
The church charged that Muslim extremists persecuting Christians were being supported logistically and militarily by states through undeclared alliances. Full article here.
International Business Times reported on June 19, 2014
"As the American government is contemplating on whether or not to launch an airstrike on ISIS that is threatening to destroy Iraq, reports have now surfaced that way back in 2012, the US Army had trained members of the same terrorist group in Jordan. Full article here".