Amnesia at the Wall Street Journal

Doug Bandow

… the editors blamed "the rise of radical Islam." Uh, right. Radical Islam preceded America’s invasion of Iraq, but Iraqi Christians weren’t being murdered and persecuted then. Indeed, the average Christian woman was far better off living in Baghdad than Riyadh, Washington’s stalwart Mideast ally. And the invasion has inflamed radical Islam, which has made Iraqi Christians one of its principal targets.

Advocates of war in Iraq have a lot of blood on their hands. Estimates of the total number of (mostly civilian) Iraqi deaths starts at 100,000. The best calculations probably are closer to 200,000. Some estimates range up to one million.

Another cost of the war has been the destruction of the historic Christian community. As well as sustained assaults on other religious minorities.

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