Kirkuk Archbishop Louis Sako said that thieves repeatedly stabbed and strangled lay Christians Fadhila Naoum, 85, and Margaret Naoum, 79, after breaking into their house at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening (March 26).
Though a police official told The Associated Press that he had ruled out the possibility of attempted robbery, Sako said he believed the murders were motivated only by theft.
The main reason [for attacks on Christians] is money.
Clergy in Baghdad told Compass that five of seven church leaders kidnapped in Iraq last year were likely targeted solely for money.
The organization [Open Doors] noted that Muslim extremists have worked to expel Christians from certain cities, but said that most Iraqi Christians are targeted because they own shops and are believed to have money. — from this news article
“murders…motivated only by theft.”
“[t]the main reason….is money.”
“likely targeted solely for money.”
The archbishop commented that “chaos” in Iraq, not religious violence, was behind the killings.”
How very insistent, very very insistent, over-insistent, are these Christian spokesmen, clerics, groups. They are very, very concerned not to alarm anyone by daring to point to the obvious.
Non-Muslims in a Muslim society have always been a source of wealth for the Muslims. The Jizyah of non-Muslims provided the money for the Muslim state. In the last 150 years, the payment of the Jizyah in the Ottoman Empire was, under pressure of European powers, supposedly done away with, though it lingered wherever Muslims thought they could get away with it, or was imposed in various disguised ways.
The situation has a familiar ring. Christians and Jews in Islamic lands have historically been treated as ready sources of money, just as in medieval Christendom, Jews were often exploited by monarchs as a source of funds, on pain of death, and even put to death in order to obtain possession of their property. (See, for example, “Simon de Montfort and His Cause,” ed. Rev. W. H. Hutton, the accounts of Matthew Paris and especially that of Thomas Wykes on the mass murder of London’s Jews in 1264, prior to the expulsion of England’s Jews in 1297).
Would anyone think it fair to say that the mistreatment of Jews in medieval Europe, and the repeated seizures, in many places at many times, of their property, which was extorted or simply appropriated at the time of their expulsions, was merely a matter of “money,” and unrelated to the cruelties and barbarity of antisemitism?
Similarly, does anyone think that the cruel mistreatment of Christians in present-day Iraq, and the attacks on them, is simply a “matter of money,” as do the Christian spokesmen above, who are obviously too terrified to say otherwise? And these statements are made for public consumption both to calm down Christians and to avoid being attacked even more by Muslims who would be angered if the local Christians told the full truth about their situation and about Muslim behavior. That is humanly understandable, but it is nevertheless the case that the statements remain false. They are, however, not nearly as grotesquely false as those statements that are made by the terrified “Palestinian” Christians who are quick to publicly blame Israel for the attacks on them by Muslims — because only the bravest or most foolhardy dare to tell the truth about the real source of their fear, which is Islam, which is Muslims.
Even as the Christians pack up and leave, as best they can, and head either for the comparative safety of some Assyrian villages in the north, or the slightly better conditions under Kurds rather than Arabs, or to Syria, where the Alawite dictatorship for reasons of its own offers greater protection to Christians because the Alawites themselves are threatened by Muslims who think of them as Infidels, they may continue to pretend that things were “fine.” For how can they possibly say anything else, unless they are finally in the safety of the West? And even there, one wonders — given the Muslim migration by the millions into the Lands of the Infidels — will Middle Eastern Christians, find themselves able to stamp out any hint of “islamochristian” dhimmitude, and finally feel safe enough to openly tell the truth, and thereby help to warn the West, a West that badly needs such warning?