The decree signed by President Donald Trump to block entry to the US travelers to seven countries with an Islamic majority is not in favor of Christians.
On the contrary, it further incites the idea of a
"Western war on Islam" and threatens to unleash vengeance on Christians
in the Middle East.
Trump motivated the freezing of visas for 90 days to those coming
from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, as an operation
to "protect" the United States from Islamic terrorists and somehow also
to protect "Christians" .
To find support in his constituency,
justifying his choice, he tweeted that "many Christians have died in the
Middle East. We cannot allow this terror to continue. "
It must be said that Trump’s order, in sec. 5) admits that one can
make exceptions for "individuals" of "religious minorities" who "suffer
religious persecution in their country", without specifying the type of
religion. But in general the popular version is that there is a closure
of US borders only to "Muslims." It would appear that the Christians of
the seven countries "banned" are permitted to reach the United States,
although some Christian families of Syrian refugees have been unable to
The first to lash out at the US measures was Louis Sako, the Chaldean
patriarch of Baghdad. He pointed out that discrimination of refugees on
the basis of religion shames the Christians in the Middle East and
could provoke further violence against them, as they are already
regarded as a minority "protected" by the Western powers.
Fr. Georges Massouh, of the Islamic-Christian Center at Balamand
University, points out that facilities for Christians "do not help" the
community of the faithful of the Middle East.
"The decision - he told the Orient-Le Jour – has a very racist thread
that will exacerbate hatred and extremism. And it is the people of the
region, including Christians, who will pay the price ... We must stop
exploiting the minority dossier. " The reference is to the powers of
France, Britain, Russia, etc .. who have led their plans for domination
in the Middle East against the Ottoman Empire with the excuse of
defending Christian minorities, Druze, Orthodox, Jewish, etc ...
From this point of view, Donald Trump seems to pursue the same policy
of his predecessors. In 2001, after the attack on the Twin Towers,
George W. Bush decided to attack Afghanistan (although the majority of
the kamikazes who flew the planes against Towers were Saudis) and called
this operation a "crusade".
The immediate result was a series of
attacks against Christians in the Middle East and Pakistan. Even Barack
Obama, with his strange defense of democracy in the Middle East, after
the Arab spring lent his support to the Muslim Brothers in Egypt who
felt free to attack churches and Christians throughout the country (in
addition to the multiple attacks in Iraq ).
The continuity between the Republican and Democratic presidents is in
fomenting and supporting a war between the West (American) and the
Islamic world, without any care for the extremist terrorism that then
takes vengeance on Christians.
From this point of view, the wisest voice seems to be that of the
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who pointed out that
Trump’s decision "is a great gift to the extremists".