Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Assyrian Christian woman pleads for her people in the face of Islamist genocide

Monckton of Bretchley provides a translated letter from an Assyrian Christian woman:
>>“As a proud Austrian woman primarily, and then as an Assyrian of Iraqi origin, I appeal to you to direct particular attention to the horrific ethnic and religious cleansing and the dreadful genocide which is being perpetrated, especially at this very moment, against Christians in Iraq and Syria.
“This systematic mass murder is being committed by radical Islamic holy warriors whose leader a few weeks ago proclaimed a new caliphate, presently called IS, or the Islamic State.

“It is very sad to have to look on as Austria … scarcely reacts to the horrifying events. The ignorance in the face of the gravest human rights violations unfolding before our eyes, and at the gates of Europe, is beyond me.

“It is mass murder that one of the most ancient peoples in the world, with their thousands of years of culture, representing a global cultural inheritance, is being annihilated.

“The Christian minority in Iraq is one of the most ancient Christian communities, having been in existence since the first century. Today they are on the point of being abandoned to massacres, executions and everlasting oblivion.

“Only a few weeks have passed since the violent advance of ISIS paralyzed Iraq, sent hundreds of thousands of people to their deaths and drove another 100,000 out of their homes.

“A month ago, the Islamic State captured large swathes of Iraq with breathtaking speed and overran its second-largest city, Mosul. Nineveh is the Assyrian name for the city of Mosul; it is more than 2,000 years old. This city was home to a Christian community in Iraq that was once the country’s second-largest community.

“However, the advances of this jihadist group did not stop with the taking of Mosul. A few days ago they conquered the city of Qaraqosh, where 50,000 Christians lived. The refugees fleeing from Mosul had tripled this number.

“It was in Qaraqosh that the Christians from Mosul and surrounding villages … had found safety. The adherents of the Islamic State issued an ultimatum to the Christians: they painted the Arabic letter N (ن) on the houses of Christians in order to identify them as unbelievers marked for execution, just as the Nazis had marked Jewish properties with the Star of David.

“The Arabic letter ن stands for ‘Nazarene,’ the Quran’s disparaging term for Christians. In addition to the letter ن, the jihadists wrote: ‘This property belongs to the Islamic State.’

“The holy warriors gave the infidels the following alternatives:
  1. “Convert to Islam;
  2. “Pay the jizyah tax on non-Muslim religions, which is set unaffordably high;
  3. “Move out and leave everything behind;
  4. “Die by the sword.
“That is exactly what the Quran prescribes for dealing with Christians and Jews. The militants told the Christians to leave the city, even using loudspeakers attached to the minarets of the hundreds of mosques in the city.

“The time-limit within which Christians had to decide was fixed at 24 hours. Anyone who failed to make his mind up by that time was brutally executed. It took the fanatical jihadists just 24 hours to expel all Christians from a city where Christians had lived for 2,000 years.

“An entire people is being murdered and violated today to the cry of Allahu Akbar. An entire religion is being stamped out.

“Anyone who does not belong to the religion of these jihadists is simply beheaded. Christian, Yazidi, Shabaks, Shiites and even Sunni, any infidel, is brutally killed.

“In the name of humanity, rescue these people and these minorities. At this moment, 100,000 Yazidi are barricading themselves on Mount Sinjar, without food and water, and 25,000 children have died in agony from hunger and thirst.

“In the meantime, 150,000 Christians have fled to Arbil. The churches, and the houses of other Christians in Arbil, are already so overcrowded that there is no more room for new arrivals.

“The people are living in inhumane conditions. Some are sleeping on the streets. Children and infants scream from hunger and fatigue. They feel hated and rejected. They have been made foreigners in their own land.

“By the degrading and inhuman actions of these jihadists, the human dignity of non-Muslims is being literally trampled underfoot.

“Today, in the 21st century, women and infidels are being sold as sex slaves by the radical Islamic jihadists. Their men are being beheaded before their eyes, their children violated.

“This is genocide without parallel. It is happening right now.

“Even Arbil is no longer secure; on Friday Aug. 8, 2014, I spoke with my cousin there by telephone. He told me that on that very evening, having already packed their suitcases, they were going to make their way along the escape route in the direction of Diana [a village in northern Kurdistan with a substantial Christian population].

“There is no longer a life for Christians in Iraq. They are in very great danger. To avoid beheading, they will try to flee into Iran, the only remaining escape route out of Iraq . . . .


“Please use your influence to help us to organize relief supplies. Let us be generous in accepting amongst us refugees from Iraq and Syria, a persecuted people to whom the foremost preference must be given.

“Please also make representations at the international level. Our country must join the political and military campaign against the Islamic jihadists. Civilization is in danger. Do not wait until the jihad arrives on our own doorstep. Thank you.” >>
The studious silence, inaction and failure to face this for what it is, speak for themselves, throwing the utter bankruptcy of media, activists and officialdom alike into high relief. Not only in the wider world, but in our own region. END

Monday, August 18, 2014

Matt 24 watch, 251: A lesson in the power of unity . . . in the demonic wrong (oh, how the Prince of Peace must weep over our folly!)

Sobering:




Especially, when we reflect on this visual lesson in the demonic, blasphemous, murderous spirit manifested in this mocking of the descent of the Spirit on the newly baptised Jesus:




Courtesy Wiki, the price paid for following such demonic folly:





Human losses of World War II by country
(when the number of deaths in a country is disputed, a range of war losses is given)
(the sources of the figures are provided in the footnotes)
Country Total population
1/1/1939
Military
deaths
Civilian deaths due to
military activity and crimes against humanity
Civilian deaths due to
war related famine and disease
Total
deaths
Deaths as % of
1939 population
 AlbaniaA 1,073,000 30,000

30,000 2.81
 AustraliaB 6,998,000 39,700 700
40,400 0.57
 Austria (German-controlled)C 6,650,000 Included with German Army 120,000
120,000 (see table below)
 BelgiumD 8,387,000 12,100 75,900
88,000 1.05
 BrazilE 40,289,000 1,000 1,000
2,000 0.02
 BulgariaF 6,458,000 22,000 3,000
25,000 0.38
 Burma (British)G 16,119,000 22,000
250,000 272,000 1.69
 CanadaH 11,267,000 45,400

45,400 0.40
 China I 517,568,000 3,000,000
to 4,000,000
7,000,000
to 11,000,000
5,000,000 10,000,000
to 20,000,000
(1.93 to 3.86)
 CubaJ 4,235,000
100
100 0.00
 Czechoslovakia (in Nov. 1938 borders)K 10,400,000 [25] 25,000 300,000
325,000 3.15
 DenmarkL 3,795,000 2,100 1,100
3,200 0.08
 Dutch East IndiesM 69,435,000

3,000,000
to 4,000,000
3,000,000
to 4,000,000
(4.3 to 5.76)
 Estonia (within 1939 borders)N 1,122,000 Included with the Soviet, German, and Finnish Armies 50,000
50,000 4.44
 EthiopiaO 17,700,000 5,000 95,000
100,000 0.6
 FinlandP 3,700,000 95,000 2,000
97,000 2.62
France FranceQ 41,700,000 200,000 including colonies[26] 350,000
550,000 1.35
 French IndochinaR 24,600,000

1,000,000
to 2,000,000
1,000,000
to 2,200,000
(4.07 to 8.1)
 GermanyS 69,850,000 4,300,000
to 5,500,000
1,100,000 400,000
to 2,400,000
7,000,000
to 9,000,000
(see table below)
Greece GreeceT 7,222,000 20,000
to 35,100
160,000 140,000
to 600,000
320,000
to 807,000
(4.5 to 11.2)
Guam GuamTA 20,000 1,000
to 2,000


1,000
to 2,000
(5.0 to 10.0)
Hungary HungaryU 9,129,000 300,000 280,000
580,000 6.35
 IcelandV 119,000
200
200 0.17
 India (British)W 378,000,000 87,000
1,500,000
to 2,500,000
1,587,000
to 2,587,000
(0.42 to 0.68)
IranX 14,340,000 200

200 0.00
Iraq Iraq'Y 3,698,000 500

500 0.01
 IrelandZ 2,960,000 10,000
Irish volunteers included with UK
200
200 0.00
 ItalyAA 44,394,000 301,400
(includes 10,000 African conscripts)
153,200
454,600 1.03
 JapanAB 71,380,000 2,120,000 500,000 500,000 2,620,000
to 3,120,000
(3.67 to 4.37)
 Korea (Japanese Colony)AC 23,400,000
378,000
to 483,000

378,000
to 483,000
(1.6 to 2.06)
 Latvia (within 1939 borders)AD 1,951,000 Included with the Soviet and German Armies 190,000 40,000 230,000 11.78
 Lithuania (within 1939 borders)AE 2,442,000 Included with the Soviet and German Armies 275,000 75,000 350,000 14.33
 LuxembourgAF 295,000
2,000
2,000 0.68
 Malaya (British)AG 4,391,000
100,000
100,000 2.28
 Malta (British)AH 269,000
1,500
1,500 0.56
 MexicoAI 19,320,000
100
100 0.00
 MongoliaAJ 819,000 300

300 0.04
Australia Nauru (Australian)AK 3,400
500
500 14.7
   Nepal BG 6,000,000 Included with British Indian Army



 NetherlandsAL 8,729,000 17,000 198,000 86,000 301,000 3.45
 Newfoundland (British)AM 300,000 included with the U.K. 100
100 0.03
 New ZealandAN 1,629,000 11,900

11,900 0.73
 NorwayAO 2,945,000 3,000 6,500
9,500 0.32
Australia Papua and New Guinea (Australian)AP 1,292,000
15,000
15,000 1.17
 Philippines (U.S. Territory)AQ 16,000,000 57,000 100,000 400,000
to 900,000
557,000
to 1,057,000
(3.48 to 6.6)
Poland Poland (within 1939 borders)AR 34,849,000 240,000 4,880,000
to 5,080,000
500,000 5,620,000
to 5,820,000
(16.1 to 16.7)
 Portuguese TimorAS 500,000
40,000
to 70,000

40,000
to 70,000
(8.00 to 14.00)
Romania Romania (within 1939 borders)AT 19,934,000 300,000 500,000
800,000 4.01
Belgium Ruanda-Urundi (Belgian)AU 4,200,000

0 to 300,000 0 to 300,000 (0.00 to 7.1)
 Singapore (British)AV 728,000
50,000
50,000 6.87
South Africa South AfricaAW 10,160,000 11,900

11,900 0.12
Empire of Japan South Pacific Mandate (Japanese)AX 1,900,000
57,000
57,000 3.00
 Soviet Union (within 1946-1991 borders) AY 168,524,000 8,700,000
to 13,850,000
7,000,000
to 12,000,000
6,000,000 21,800,000
to 28,000,000
(see table below)
Spain SpainAZ 25,637,000 Included with the German Army



 SwedenBA 6,341,000
600
600 0.01
  SwitzerlandBB 4,210,000
100
100 0.00
 ThailandBC 15,023,000 5,600 2,000
7,600 0.04
Turkey TurkeyBD 17,370,000 200

200 0.00
 United KingdomBE 47,760,000 383,800
including Overseas Territories[11]
67,100
450,900 0.94
 United StatesBF 131,028,000 407,000
(including 1,900 members of the U.S. Coast Guard)
12,000 (including 9,500 members of the U.S. Merchant Marine)
420,000 0.32
 YugoslaviaBG 15,400,000 300,000
to 446,000
581,000
to 1,400,000

1,027,000
to 1,700,000
(6.7 to 11.00)
Approx. Totals 2,000,000,000 22,000,000
to 30,000,000
19,000,000
to 30,000,000
19,000,000
25,000,000
60,000,000
to 85,000,000
(3.17 to 4.00)

What a contrast is:




A lesson from history. If, we will but heed. END