Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 11/10/2010

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"Before the change of regime seven years ago, we didn't have massacres like this," said Bishop Metti Metok."

"Of course we are worried for the future of our community. However much we encourage them to stay, they ask us, 'Will you guarantee our lives?'"

He and other Church leaders pointed out that it is not just the Christians who are targeted and suffering.

Two days after the church attack, around 90 people were killed in a rash of bomb explosions in mainly Shia neighbourhoods.

Shia mosques, pilgrimages and funerals, as well as crowded markets and busy streets. have frequently been attacked by bombers."

Bombs kill six Baghdad Christians, sow panic

"A string of anti-Christian bombings has cost six more lives in the wake of the Baghdad church bloodbath, sowing panic in Iraq's 2,000-year-old minority on Wednesday, many of whom now want to flee.

"Since Tuesday evening, there have been 13 bombs and two mortar attacks on homes and shops of Christians in which a total of six people were killed and 33 injured," a defence ministry official said. "A church was also damaged."

An interior ministry official earlier gave a casualty toll of three dead in 12 of the attacks across the Iraqi capital early on Wednesday.

The attacks come less than two weeks after 44 Christian worshippers, two priests and seven security personnel died in the seizure of a Baghdad cathedral by Islamist gunmen and the ensuing shootout when it was stormed by troops

The scarred church in the central district of Karrada became a focus of the fears of Christian families.

"For the past two years now my wife has been trying to persuade me to leave the country, but I didn't agree," said 42-year-old labourer Raed Wissam from the Dora district of southern Baghdad.

"Today, I feel sure she's right because I don't want to feel guilty if something bad happens to one of my children."

Wissam said he was woken up at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) by an explosion. "I ran up to the roof to see what was going on and I heard three more blasts, with three Christian homes targeted. My two children wept."

Emmanuel Karim, a 27-year-old IT worker, was about to go to work from his home in Camp Sara, central Baghdad, when a bomb exploded. The apparent target was the car of his uncle, who was among those killed on October 31.

"Fifteen minutes later, a second bomb exploded, killing a neighbour who was trying to put out the fire in the car ... He was a Muslim. He was my friend," said Karim, fighting back the tears.
He said devotees were gathering at churches to try to join the Christian exodus which has been picking up pace since the US-led invasion of 2003 of now violence-plagued Iraq, where their community's roots date back two millennia.

Monsignor Pius Kasha, also of the church in the hostage-taking at the end of last month, said a four-month-old baby was among three people wounded in bombings of Christian homes in Baghdad's Mansur district late on Tuesday.

"We don't know what is the aim of these criminals but what is certain is that this will push even more Christians to emigrate ... Where is the security the government is supposed to provide to all citizens, Christians and Muslims?"

A senior Iraqi clergyman based in London said at the weekend that Christians should quit Iraq or face being killed at the hands of Al-Qaeda.

"The countries that have welcomed the victims ... of this attack (on the church) have done a noble thing, but that should not encourage emigration," the premier said.

An estimated 800,000 Christians lived in Iraq before the 2003 invasion but that number has since shrunk to around 500,000 in the face of repeated attacks against their community and churches.
Christians in Baghdad have now dwindled to around 150,000, a third of their former population in the capital"

MONITOR REPORT: In Iraq, Christians fear they could be wiped out – like Jews before them

"In Wednesday’s attacks, militants used two mortar shells and 10 homemade bombs to target Christian homes throughout Baghdad"

An Interior Ministry official told Reuters that the bombings were a “continuation” of the Oct. 31 attack on the cathedral. And the Guardian reports that one of the homes bombed Wednesday belonged to the family of one of the victims of the Oct. 31 attack. The attackers identified the home by the funeral signs hanging outside, according to the newspaper. Wednesday’s bombings took place in the Christian neighborhood of Dora, in Kampsara, and in Baladiyat"

"It's not worth staying in a country where the government is not able to protect you even when you are sitting in your house."

"These attacks are not targeting only Christians, but also the government that has promised to protect the Christians," Kana said. He added that Wednesday's bombings exposed "grave flaws in the structure and the work of Iraq's security forces."

The 100% accuracy of the May 15th Prophecy written at LastDayWatchers revels what will happen next according to God Word as oppose to the lie of the false prophet that tried to get you to believe a window for a "Christian" Revival was taking place because of the "freedoms" the Iraqis people were experiencing due to the "liberations" by U.S. troops!

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Iraqi leaders reach deal to form new government; Maliki to retain power

"Iraq's political leaders have reached a deal on forming a new government that will break the political stalemate that has plagued the country for eight months and give Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki a second term as Iraq's leader

The decision seems to be a defeat to a plan the United States had been pushing for a power-sharing arrangement between Allawi

"There was too much pressure from our own political groups. Unfortunately a deal was made, and now we have to concentrate on the ministries," said a leading member of parliament from the Iraqiya bloc. "We didn't want Iraqiya to split, and our negotiating team failed."

"Rocket attacks against the green zone have increased in recent weeks"

along with bombings of Shiites and Christians that many Iraqis blame partly on the political vacuum created by the months-long inability of leaders to form a new government."

Disaster: F-16I crashes in south

"An Israeli Air Force two-seater F-16I airplane crashed late Wednesday evening during training in the south of Israel, near Mitzpe Ramon. The pilot and navigator have been described as missing, and many IDF troops were involved in searching for them. Pieces of the aircraft have been located.

Four F-16I aircraft, the air force's newest plane, took part in routine training over the Ramon Crater in good weather. At some point, one of the planes suddenly fell to the ground from a height of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), apparently failing to report any problem before the disaster. Another aircraft observed the plunge but apparently did not realize it would hit the ground."