Easter Bombing, Iraq

No peace, not even on Easter.  Please pray for the victims of aggressive and violent Islam.

“News Alert: Baghdad Church Bombing Injures 7″

“Bomb Attack on Baghdad Parish”



  • Bruce

    Peaceful farmers!

  • Ephram

    Richard, you can blame George W. Bush till Jesus comes back to judge the living and the dead but let’s be honest:

    Christians have been persecuted and murdered in the Middle East since Muhammad preached to his followers [Muslims] to kill non-believers. Violence is intrinsic in the Qu’ran and perpetuated in the name of Allah.

    And please excuse me, but you sound like the leftist MSM who can never quite figure out why Muslim fundamentalists fight in the name of Islam and to instead blame “imperialist” Western civilization.

  • tz1

    A few days ago, if you still had your ear, you would have heard “Those who live by the sword…”.

    America is at least nominally christian, and our military is supposedly even more so, and they kill defenseless people (“collateral damage”) from behind safe barriers. Given our level of honor in this, why be surprised that they seek to kill defenseless proxies?

    There was no peace yesterday, nor will there be any mercy next sunday – from America.

    We set the example and standard.

    You are unlikely to directly influence the aggressive and violent people there in Iraq, but you can influence those here.

    Or do you only feel safe as long as there are those who will commit
    mortal sins on your behalf?

  • tz1

    Should I do so before or after praying for the women and children killed by our drones?

    Or are the victims of aggressive and violent Americans (supposedly the military is christian) unworthy of prayer?

    Yes, no peace on easter, nor will I expect any mercy next sunday.

    Isn’t this so much better than when Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq?

    There is not much influence we still have there, but we do have influence here. If you live by the sword – aggressive violence, well it was only a few days ago it was covered by the gospel read at mass. At least those with ears heard it.

    We are providing both leadership and an example. Do not wonder when it is copied and returns multiplied as blowback.

    They cannot reach into the depths of the bases here, or even there, but can find defenseless proxies.

    • Brad Birzer

      TZ1, for the life of me, I can’t tell if you’re writing to me or not. If you are, you have me completely wrong. Or, perhaps, I presented myself in a completely wrong manner. Yours, Brad

      • tz1

        My javascript security doesn’t like your site so I don’t see my posts. Hopefully I have opened enough vulnerabilities to fix it.

        “No peace, not even on Easter. Please pray for the victims” … you could have ended it there. But you found it necessary to add “of aggressive and violent Islam”. How do you know? How many of those who committed these acts were themselves victims of violence and aggression? We do not spare civilians nor mosques, so perhaps it was merely some strategic, tactical, or mistaken target in the current war.

        Maybe I do have you completely wrong, but do you really believe that what is happening in Iraq springs ex-nihilo? Many more died from the Tsunami last month, and that no one had any control over other than some imprudence in the construction at Fukushima (diesel pump upward instead of gravity feed downward).

        The Christians are in a war zone. They weren’t a decade ago. But the state of war was also not like a Tsunami.

        I cannot bind the consciences of non-christians with a “turn the other cheek” attitude, especially when the typical christian reaction is to want to drop nuclear bombs in indiscriminate revenge for revenge.

        Wikileaks keeps opening a larger and larger window on our activities:


        Innocents imprisoned for almost a decade. Tortured.

        And there is plenty of information from wikileaks on what we were really doing in Iraq.

        We are at war, still in Iraq, still in Afghanistan supporting the very corrupt Karzai, but our Bagram torture center probably needs to remain open, and now a third front in Libya.

        The dogs of war are unleashed, but you cannot control whom they will bite.

        You say they were victims of “aggressive and violent Islam”. I would say that it is still a war zone, starting with our aggression and violence, and that these are merely more victims of summoning the dragon of war. War does not just hurt and kill the intended evil. It always ends up being scorched earth.

        They see us as aggressive and violent Christianity, and I have no counterargument. Can you demand a virtue from others which you reject yourself?

        I am sad for the victims and pray for them, but I am even sadder that we are continuing promoting war and all the evils which follow from it.

        Jesus died for all – especially sinners. Today in the Divine Mercy Novena, we bring those who do not know Christ to the throne. There is no exclusion for muslims. And perhaps if we exceeded them in piety, modesty, and obedience to commandments, they would see us as higher in virtue and ask why are we seem holier on their own terms instead of modeling hypocrisy.

        • Brad Birzer

          Dear TZ1, first, thank you for posting. If you’ve not noticed, I always enjoy reading what you have to say, and your writings make this a better site. Second, I think I didn’t write as clearly as I meant. The “violent and agressive” was meant to do exactly the opposite of what it seems to have done. I was trying to separate those who promote violence from those who don’t. I can’t agree with you more–all men and women are made in the Image of Christ. All, no matter what corruption (and, I mean this as generally as possible) they’ve put on themselves, still remain temples of the Holy Spirit. Additionally, please don’t suggest that I somehow condone American imperialism or war, or that I demand a virtue of another that I don’t demand of myself. I’ve been protesting American wars–quietly and loudly–since 1991. Third, I would ask that you not judge all writers/bloggers in such a Manichaean way. I’ve enough of my own sins and faults without adding some kind of dualism on myself! Thanks, Brad

        • Joe


          The fact is that some military actions can and have led to improved conditions for people all over the world. Furthermore, the genuine possibility of military intervention does influence the actions of tyrants and empowers more peaceful means of conflict resolution.

          Also, I don’t think that your version of how Muslims see Christians has merit in fact. For example, the vast majority of Iraqi’s supported the US over-throw of Saddam Hussein and agree that the result was worth the hardships of the war: http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/jan06/Iraq_Jan06_rpt.pdf

  • Richrd L. Harrell

    This is indeed a tragic, and tragically increasing, attack on Christianity in particular and human life in general. None of this was taking place of course before George W. Bush deliberately lied to the American people, and for that matter to the whole world, and launched his murderous war of terrorism on the Iraqui people. What goes around comes around. The Holy Father warned him not do do this, but Mr. Bush ignored him. I will always support both Christ and the United States, but I do not support our imperialist wars of terror on nations and peoples who should be left to settle their own affairs.

    • Joe

      By bringing up Bush in this context, are you arguing that Christians are more valuable than the Shi’a and Kurdish people that Hussein murdered?

      • Francis

        Joe: Richrd L. Harrell referred to the war that George W. Bush started, not the war his father entered. But, good job twisting those words around to suit your own distortions!

        • Joe

          Are you trying to say that Saddam Hussein’s regime wasn’t murdering large amounts of people after Desert Storm?



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