|As in Turkey in 1915, a Christian Genocide is happening once again.|
One week after the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" expelled all Christians from Mosul, no statement on the matter has been made by the heads of state or government of any major nation -- no permament member of the Security Council, no major world power... The only relevant exception was Prime-Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, for which he is to be thanked -- though the statement was terse, unlike the appeal below, and no additional concrete measures were taken by his government.*
France has had a tradition of defending the Christian minorities of the Middle East since the time of the Crusades and the first agreement of King Francis I with the Turkish sultan. Its silence when faced with the genocide is therefore even more preposterous. The accusations made below by French elected officials against the French government are the same that can be made against all Western governments.
Protests will take place tomorrow in London and Paris, and elsewhere. But the involvement of elected officials is essential. May the example of the Twenty elected officials below inspire many more in America, Britain, and around the world. Speak up! There is no way to go forward if first we don't speak up.
Appeal of the Twenty:
People of France, it is time to rise up! It is time to mobilize, confronted with the horror faced by Christians of the Middle East, particularly in Iraq.
We are before a major risk: the disappearance of the direct descendants of the first Christians, who speak the language of Christ.
We appeal to the government to shatter the deafening silence behind which it is hiding, despite the requests of numerous elected officials and numerous concerned citizens.
We appeal to [Prime-Minister] Manuel Valls to cease his selective indignation! Wherever hatred and intolerance threaten civilian populations, our country, the great nation of human rights, must fight back!
If it does not act, its silence risks rendering our country an accomplice of the abuses, expulsions, and destruction of Christian places of worship. We cannot tolerate this much longer.
If the days in which we live are urgent, they are but the result of many years of an international policy that made the Christians of the Middle East the free variable of the geopolitical situation of the Near and Middle East.
We condemn this, and we appeal to the government to make France the leader of a new international politics of protection of the Christians of the Middle East.
France has supported these peoples for centuries, and has always based its diplomacy on the detailed and specific knowledge of their countries. This has allowed it to be active at the heart of the geopolitical stakes of this complex region, with its balance ceaselessly called into question. France, with its culture and experience, is considered by all of these peoples, believers of every faith or nonbelievers, as a great country that supports the causes of fragile minorities.
We have today a responsibility before History!
Following the fall of Mosul, last June 10, the elimination of Iraq's Christians has accelerated, with a gruesome choice: escaping, conversion, or death.
These past few days, the homes of Christians were marked with the "ن" sign, with the intention of identifying the last Christians present in Iraq.