|Man in a Desert||
I will not comment on the bloody aftermath of the attack on the Sayidat al-Nejat church in Baghdad save to say that a church, just like a mosque, just like a synagogue, is a place of sanctity where the faithful go to be at peace with their maker. The shedding of blood in any place of worship is an act of cowardice, not valor.
That deadly onslaught was followed by a threat from al-Qaida claiming that "All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers are legitimate targets for the mujahedeen wherever they can reach them."
Any enlightened student of history will tell you that minorities, ethnic and religious, have played over the centuries an integral part in the rise of Muslim civilization. Islamic and Arab history are dotted with illustrious examples of Christian and Jewish, Kurdish and other non-Arab luminaries who have had a tremendous impact on enriching the culture of the Middle East.
To the Christians of the Arab world I repeat the greeting of Islam, assalam-u-alaikom, peace be upon you. And I add, may no further harm befall you, for it is our good fortune to have you with us and among us.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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