A Defending Crusader…

The best defense is to be good and offensive…or something like that.

More on the Theme

Posted by Godefroi on June 27, 2008

There has been an ongoing effort at genocide in Iraq.  It’s not what the Leftards would have you believe – that the warmongering U.S. and her Zionist puppetmasters are fomenting the destruction of Muslims.  Rather, it is at the hands of Muslims, and it is directed at Assyrians (foremost). 

Who are the Assyrians?  Answer:

A semitic peoples indigenous to North Iraq; builders of the great Mesopotamian civilizations; ethnically distinct from Arabs and Jews (the other semitic peoples of the region).   They currently speak modern Assyrian (also known as neo-Syriac), which is the oldest extant language, and was the lingua franca of the Middle East until 900 A.D., when it was supplanted by Arabic (except among Assyrians).  Assyrians are Christians. They belong to three main Assyrian churches: 1) The Assyrian Church of the East (“Nestorian”), established in 33 A.D. by Theodos, Thomas, and Bartholomew; 2) the Syriac Orthodox Church (“Jacobite”), established in 450 A.D.; 3) the Chaldean Church of Babylon (Roman Catholic), established in 1552 A.D.  The majority of Assyrians live in their ancestral homeland, which is now part of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

Why are they being persecuted?  From yesterday’s New York Times (believe it or not), comes an article which, while not exclusively addressing Assyrians, will give the reader the background requisite to understanding.

MOSUL, Iraq (NYT)— As priests do everywhere, Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, the leader of the Chaldean Catholics in this ancient city, gathered alms at Sunday Mass. But for years the money, a crumpled pile of multicolored Iraqi dinars, went into an envelope and then into the hand of a man who had threatened to kill him and his entire congregation.

“What else could he do?” asked Ghazi Rahho, a cousin of the archbishop. “He tried to protect the Christian people.”

[…]

For more than 1,000 years, northern Iraq has been shared by people who for the most part believe and worship differently: Turkmen, Kurds, Yazidis, Sunni and Shiite Arabs, and Assyrian Christians — of whom the Chaldeans are the largest denomination. (The Chaldean Church, an Eastern Rite church, is part of the Roman Catholic Church, but maintains its own customs and liturgy.)

Since the time of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, Muslims in the Middle East permitted that diversity in part through a special tax on Jews and Christians. The tax was called a jizya — and that is the name with which the insurgents chose to cloak extortion, Mafia-style, from Christians.

Officials say the demands could be hundreds of dollars a month per male member of a household. In many cases, Christian families drained their life savings and went into debt to make the payments. Insurgents also raised money by kidnapping priests. The ransoms, often paid by the congregations, typically ran as high as $150,000, several priests and lay Christians said.

Jizya.  The point of the story above is that ArchBishop Rahho was killed for not paying the jizya.  If, by chance, you are unfamiliar with this term, we have available an explanation from Dr. Andrew BostomTHE TAX PAID IN LIEU OF BEING SLAIN.

Here is a classical formulation of the jizya—the cornerstone of the repressive system of jihad-imposed dhimmitude—from, coincidentally, a seminal Baghdadian jurist, al-Mawardi (d. 1058). In his monumental The Laws of Islamic Governance, al-Mawardi examined the regulations pertaining to the lands and infidel populations subjugated by jihad. This is the origin of the system of dhimmitude. The native infidel “dhimmi” (which derives from both the word for “pact”, and also “guilt”—guilty of religious errors) population had to recognize Islamic ownership of their land, submit to Islamic law, and accept payment of the Koranic poll tax (jizya)—the tax paid in lieu of being slain—based on Koran 9:29. Al- Mawardi notes that “The enemy makes a payment in return for peace and reconciliation… Reconciliation and security last as long as the pavment is made. If the pavment ceases, then the jihad resumes.”

The writings of the much lionized Sufi theologian and jurist al-Ghazali (d. 1111) highlight how the institution of dhimmitude was simply a normative, and prominent feature of the Shari’a:…the dhimmi is obliged not to mention Allah or His Apostle.. .Jews, Christians, and Majians must pay the jizya [poll tax on non-Muslims]…on offering up the jizya, the dhimmi must hang his head while the official takes hold of his beard and hits [the dhimmi] on the protruberant bone beneath his ear [i.e., the mandible]… They are not permitted to ostentatiously display their wine or church bells…their houses may not be higher than the Muslim’s, no matter how low that is. The dhimmi may not ride an elegant horse or mule; he may ride a donkey only if the saddle-work is of wood. He may not walk on the good part of the road. They [the dhimmis] have to wear [an identifying] patch [on their clothing], even women, and even in the [public] baths…[dhimmis] must hold their tongue. 

Gentle reader, you ARE able to see the impetus for the persecution against, and attempted eradication of, Christians in Iraq, right?

It’s The Religion of Peace, Islam.  Islam, which must supplant or subjugate all other religio-political ideologies.  The same Islam that is creeping into and undermining the foundation of Western thought, politics, government and tradition.

Aside from wishing that everyone would “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and … be saved“, I don’t care who you worship.  But the ideology that espouses the humiliation or destruction of unbelievers at the hands of believers needs to be stopped.

Nod:  Dhimmi Watch

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