A pattern that’s been decades in the making in the Middle East has seen dictatorial regimes toppled, only to give way to Islamic forces that destabilize any modicum of Christian coexistence in countries that formerly held at least a measure of religious heterogeneity.
The result, according to Fox News columnist Raymond Ibrahim, has been a mass exodus of Christians from predominantly-Muslim lands, as hard-line Islam leaves longtime Christian residents little room to breathe – almost literally.
A late-2011 report found that Christians were being displaced so rapidly from some areas that, within a single lifespan, there may be no Christians whatsoever living in Iraq, Egypt and Afghanistan.
Pointing to a pattern established when the U.S. “liberation” of Iraq gave way to anti-Christian sentiment that led to thousands of Christian deaths, Ibrahim takes aim at the American response to the current crisis in Syria:
“[E]ntire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the [Syrian] opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it’s a ‘sacred duty’ to drive Christians away.”