But to Sweden, this “situation of relative peace” — just a little peril, supposedly — provided acceptable circumstances for the forcible repatriation of five Iraqi Christians who sought asylum there.
Speaking of central Iraq, Swedish authorities might ask 3-year-old Adam of Baghdad about the “relative peace” there, except they can’t. The jihadists murdered him in cold blood in their massacre at the All Saints vigil on Oct. 31 (where contrasting ideals of “martyrdom” went on full display), but not before he said what too many in comfortable positions of power in the West are afraid to say to jihadist thugs and their enablers: “Enough, enough, enough!”
“Thousands of Christians flee central Iraq after attacks,” from the Telegraph, December 17 (thanks to Zulu):
Some 1,000 Christian families, roughly 6,000 people, have arrived in the northern Kurdish areas from Baghdad, Mosul and Nineveh, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. Several thousand have crossed into Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
Many spoke of receiving threats or leaving out of fear. Fifty-two hostages and police were killed when Iraqi forces tried to free more than 100 Catholics taken hostage during Sunday mass on Oct. 31.
“Since the awful Baghdad church attack and subsequent targeted attacks, the Christian communities in Baghdad and Mosul have started a slow but steady exodus,” UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing.
She said that thousands of people had fled to neighbouring countries but that only several hundred had so far registered as refugees. Churches and aid groups have told the UNHCR to expect more to flee in coming weeks, she said.
Iraq’s Christians once numbered 1.5 million out of a total Iraqi population of about 30 million and there are now estimated to be about 850,000, or about 3 per cent of the population.
They have frequently been targeted by militants, with churches bombed and priests assassinated. …