Ethnic/religious cleansing continues in Muslim Iraq
The end of 2010 and the beginnings of 2011 will not be happy for Iraq's increasingly targeted Christian minority. More Muslim promises to kill them were backed up Thursday night with numerous bomb attacks and death to Christians throughout the city of Baghdad.
One week after an Islamic extremist group vowed to kill Christians in Iraq, a cluster of 10 bomb attacks rattled Baghdad on Thursday night and sent additional tremors of fear through the country's already shaken Christian minority.
Victims of the October siege of Our Lady of Salvation, a Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad, were remembered there Dec. 24.
Two people were killed and 20 wounded, all of them Christians, according to the Ministry of the Interior. The bombs were placed near the homes of at least 14 Christian families around the city, and four bombs were defused before they could explode.
So although they would like to remain in their Iraqi native land, where Christians have lived for 2000 years, Christians are fleeing for their lives.
By most estimates, more than half of Iraq's Christians have left the country since 2003. Though the exact size of the Christian population is unclear, by some estimates it has fallen to about 500,000 from a high of as many as 1.4 million before the American-led invasion.
But yet there are those who insist the Islam is a religion of peace. Tell that to these latest refugees of Muslim terror.