Ah, the Good Old Days for Christians in Iraq....Under Saddam
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Remember how life for Christians used to be in Iraq, before Bush decided to impose a military occupation on a country that never invaded us?
Life was "better" for Christians in Iraq under the regime of Saddam Hussein than it is today, according to the only Anglican vicar working in Baghdad.
Recalling yesteryear makes a person ::sniffle:: get a little misty-eyed.
Canon Andrew White, vicar of St George's Church in the capital of Iraq told Times Online that day-to-day life was 'a lot easier' for Christians when the vicious dictator Saddam Hussein was President of the country. [...] "It is still very difficult," he said . "Not like it was under Saddam, it was a lot easier just day-to-day living. There are threats to these our people all the time. They know who the Christians are."
Some do feel that removing Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do. However, there are these tiny little inconveniences...like trying to stay alive:
Canon White, who leads a church of more than 1000 people in the war-torn city and travels to work in an armoured vehicle accompanied by 30 armed guards, had to leave Iraq in July because of death threats against him. He returned in October but says police in Britain warned his family they should move out of their home in Hampshire for fear of attacks. Their family home is now equipped with panic alarms with direct links to the local police.
Those lazy, crazy pre-invasion days...good times, good times.
The vicar says the British Embassy in Iraq often forbids him from leaving the International Zone in Baghdad because of the number of threats against his life. Canon White has lost eleven staff because of sectarian violence since the start of the conflict.