American Catholics need to deal with the following “facts on the ground.”
1. “Iraq no longer exists.”
see Malarkey on the Potomac by Andrew Bacevich.
2. Christians are leaving that area and won’t be going back.
see Isis in Iraq by Patrick Cockburn:
“But in the past six months Father Yako has changed his mind, and he now believes that, after 2,000 years of history, Christians must leave Iraq. Speaking at the entrance of a half-built mall in the Kurdish capital Irbil where 1,650 people from Qaraqosh have taken refuge, he said that ‘everything has changed since the coming of Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State). We should flee. There is nothing for us here.’”
3. The United States government caused this catastophe.
see Hagel Didn’t Start the Fire by Pat Buchanan:
“But what were the ‘decisions’ that produced the ‘incredible debacle’?…
The first would be George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, a war for which Sens. John McCain, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton all voted.”