Many Christians, who have been the most vulnerable religious minority targeted by Islamic militants in Iraq since 2003, say that they have found a safe and well-protected haven here in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.
As recent as last week, one of the main Christian churches in Iraq was targeted when some Islamic Arab extremists broke into the church and held dozens of prayers hostage and killed more than 50 of them.
A day after that bloody incident, the Christians as well as Muslim Kurds here in Erbil took to the streets condemning the consecutive attacks on a peaceful tiny religious minority in the Arab-dominated part of Iraq.
But the story of Christians is different here in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq.
One Christian leader, Fahmi Mati Solaqa, who is the mayor of Ankawa, a neighborhood where the Christians have a de-facto autonomous rule in Erbil, says Christians enjoy a “unique life in Kurdistan,” that they do not in the rest of the Middle East.
“There is a plan to downsize Christians in the Middle East,” said Solaqa. “In Lebanon, the Christians have been reduced from %60 to %40. This rate is even more in Iraq.”
“But in Kurdistan, by contrast to the entire Middle East, the Christians have increased,” added Solaqa.
Paying Brazil with taxpayer money to drill for oil off its coast while preventing us from drilling off our own didn’t make any sense until we realized that George Soros is heavily invested in Brazil’s Petrobras. Likewise the TSA’s outrageous and unconstitutional screening procedures are starting to make sense. The new porno scanners are made by a company called Rapiscan (probably pronounced “rape-ee-scan”), and George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country’s liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI’s stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.