A sad but predictable fate is swallowing up small minorities in Iraq.
“We heard the gunshots outside our door, and knew the terrorists were killing Christians,” Aziz said in a raspy whisper. “But we hoped someone might rescue us. We cowered inside for two days, then knew we had to leave. We gathered some clothes and left at night.”
“There were Christians everywhere we went. In every garden, and in every door way, there are just so many with nothing and with nowhere to go.” – Munira Aziz, 74
I wrote about this in February 2011 and revisited the topic last year in August 2013.
And before that: the vacuum left in South Vietnam in 1975 after the withdrawal of American forces and the cut off of self defense funds for South Vietnam … and the human carnage left behind by the Communist North, filling that vacuum and spilling over into the Pol Pot carnage imposed on Cambodia:
Can we expect repeats in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and Israel?
So what to do about it?
That’s both an individual and national question … perhaps the answer at the individual level is to stay engaged and try to help these people as individuals in ways that you can … that may be through various organizations such as The Voice of the Martyrs or Samaritan’s Purse or others.
At the national level it’s a difficult matter of somehow making our national leaders accountable and responsible to living up to our commitments and not abandoning those who have put their trust in America.
Don Johnson – August 2014