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The Church is Chastised in Iraq,
Courtesy of the United States of America

by Christopher A. Ferrara
November 8, 2010

The headline of Martin Chulov's story for guardian.co.uk (3 November 2010), in the wake of the slaughter of more than 50 Catholics in Baghdad's Our Lady of Salvation Church, says it all: "Resurgent al-Qaida threatens Christians in Iraq with 'destruction'."

Resurgent al-Qaida… in Iraq? Seven years after George Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" on the deck of an aircraft carrier, it seems the mission has been accomplished — that is, if the mission was to make Iraq safe for terrorists and deadly for Christians. If memory serves, however, the mission was supposed to be ridding Iraq of the threat of terrorism. But now al-Qaida, which had no presence in Iraq before the American invasion of 2003, is resurgent there today.

Chulov notes that al-Qaida's threat against Christians in Iraq was issued by an al-Qaida operation calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq, whose threat describes Pope Benedict XVI as "the hallucinating tyrant of the Vatican" and vows that "All Christian centres, organisations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets for the muhajideen wherever they can reach them. We will open upon them the doors of destruction and rivers of blood."

No such prospect confronted Iraqi Christians before Bush started the war he just had to have. Quite the contrary, as Chulov observes, "Iraq's Christians were not specifically persecuted under Saddam Hussein, but hundreds of thousands are believed to have fled the country amid the sectarian violence unleashed by the 2003 invasion."

As U.S. forces conduct their long withdrawal from Iraq, "the Iraqi forces they leave behind acknowledge that they are finding an active and largely Sunni-led insurgency difficult to contain" — and that insurgency of the Sunnis, ousted from power by the U.S. military, is being led by al-Qaida militants, who were nowhere to be found in Iraq at the time of the invasion.

In short, the U.S. invasion of Iraq is the very reason al-Qaida is there today, slaughtering Christians. And the departure of the U.S. will leave in place the same Islamic radicals the presence of the U.S. provoked in the first place. Unbelievable.

"It is true that al-Qaida are strong again," said General Diyaa Hussein Sahi, a police official in Baghdad. "It is also true," he says, "that many of them have been freed from the prisons. They are dangerous people and we are doing our best to find them."

So, the U.S. invades Iraq, where there were no al-Qaida operatives, only to spend the next seven years fighting and jailing the al-Qaida operatives that the invasion itself brought to Iraq. And now those same operatives are freed from the prisons so that the Iraqi police can chase them around as they murder Christians. What sort of madness is this? It is the madness of American foreign policy, which invades foreign nations in the name of freedom only to leave chaos and tyranny in its wake.

What is happening to the Christians in Iraq is just one more example of the chastisements to which the Catholic Church will be subjected so long as the Vatican pursues "dialogue" with Islam instead of confronting it head on with the spiritual weapon Heaven has given us: the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As Antonio Socci has noted, this consecration will produce a victory for the Faith even greater than the one at the Battle of Lepanto, which saved all of Europe from Islam.

"Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God." So declared Pope Pius XI in the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart that he ordered the whole Church to recite on the Feast of Christ the King, only a few years before the "spirit of Vatican II" turned the Church Militant into the Church Milquetoast.

Only a militant Church can repel the threat of Islam. Only the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart can restore the Church to her former militancy. And only the Consecration of Russia can bring on that Triumph. Surely the Pope knows this. We can only hope and pray that he acts on what he knows before the fanatics who call the Pope "the hallucinating tyrant of the Vatican" make him, or his successor, their victim — and with the Pope, the Church and the West that once was Christendom.