Louis Sako, Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Kirkuk in Iraq, has spoken out about the situation in his homeland. Bishop Sako is one of the five Christians on the 200-member panel now working on Iraq’s new constitution. But outside forces, he says, are making their job more difficult: “Iraq as an engine of democracy does not sit well with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Egypt, and other neighbors.”
Why not? “Civil rights for non-Arab minorities, religious liberty, and legal reform would bring into question the power upon which atavistic tyrannies and proven systems of repression are based.”
The bishop is talking about the radical Muslims who are trying to impose the Sharia on Iraq. What other system rejects civil rights for religious minorities and religious liberty?
And who are those who don’t want Iraq to become a free, democratic society?
“They are Arab fighters who have entered Iraq, financed by fundamentalist movements in nearby countries, or maybe even by the governments.” In other words, the jihadists.