Friday, March 14, 2008

Archbishop Rahho found dead



The Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Paulos Faraj Rahho was found dead in Mosul on Thursday. He was abducted on the 29 of February 2008, when his car was attacked and two body guards and his driver was killed.

Approximately 550 000 of Iraq´s 700 000 Christians belong to the Chaldean Church, read more about it here.

May Archbishop Rahho rest in peace.

I seldom comment on events not directly connected to Egypt on this blog,that´s not because i don´t care about what happens to the rest of the world, quite the opposite.

This story is just one of many that comes out of Iraq everyday. next week will mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the American adventure in Iraq and ousting of Saddam. Since that day five years, the only thing that i can truly say was a positive accomplishment was getting rid of Saddam. That the oppressed Shia community finally gained a say in the power sharing of the country was also a good step. A relatively free press and babysteps in democracy is also some positive achievements , but what else is good in Iraq? One might argue the pro and cons of the surge, is it working or not? the numbers of dead are lower than a year ago, but they are starting to rise again. Lack of electricity makes living conditions harsher. Oil production has not been at a satisfactory level. The fact that there is less of sectarian killings right now , is largely due to the fact that the sectarian divide is completed, neighbourhood´s that used to be mixed are almost entirely sunni or shia today. More than four million Iraqis are displaced , either inside the country or in Syria or Jordan. The reconciliation and power sharing works poorly. On the whole it will be a sombre anniversary.

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