When the Bush invasion of Iraq began in 2003 there were approximately 800,000 Christians living in that nation. The born-again Christian president’s policies have resulted in the departure of about 400,000 of those Iraqis who have fled to avoid attacks by militant Muslims. During the past two weeks, Iraqi exiles in Belgium and Sweden have protested in order to highlight the attacks on Christians in Iraq. They are attempting to call attention to the ongoing terror, violence and murders of Chaldean, Syriac and Chaldean clerics in their former country. Behiye Hadodo, the Swedish repesentative of the European Syriac Union told a crowd gathered outside the Swedish parliament: “A new wave of ethnic cleansing is going on in Iraq. If these atrocities continue, the Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian communities there will be wiped out altogether.”
About half of the 70,000 Iraqi Chrisitans living in Europe are in Sweden which has opened its doors to the refugees. They want a UN conference on the plight of Iraqi Christians. Ironically, despite Bush rhetoric about God, Christianity, and democracy, the United States has done little to offer refuge to Iraqi Christians let alone afford them protection in Iraq.