[quote="Sixpence, post:8, topic:287808"]
You do not mess with Americans. That's pretty much it.
The idea is that you don't mess with an American's friends either, and if proselytizing Americans with the support and resources of some agency behind them are able to furnish some type of tangible protection for their friends, they do that. For example, if there are some internally displaced Christians that don't really have a good place to stay at and are also lacking a social safety net that works for them (and there are quite a few of them), maybe the proselytizing American can do something about that. Or if a particular city is especially unsafe and some Christians would be better off somewhere else, a tank of gas and a secure destination can be a lifesaver.
Of course, you'd want to get humanitarian aid to everyone who needs it. But let's be honest, Iraqi Christians need it more than others. And really, nearly every single Iraqi citizen just wants stability. They want their lives back. Most of the people that are killing people came from outside the country and are messing up someone else's neighborhood. So anyone who comes in and attempts to provide some measure of stability is (more) likely to be tolerated. For example, what Iraqi is going to kill an American doctor who's saving the lives of his countrymen? American doctors have been in Iraq for a good number of years now, and while you do hear about medical personnel getting killed sometimes, it would be a real challenge to find a story on someone like that who was killed for religiously motivated reasons due to proselytizing.
It'd probably be in the form of humanitarian aid. And it would also have to do with promoting religious freedom in general.
You really make them sound like cowards and backstabbing hypocrites at the same time. Based on what you think is most likely, of course. Please do find out what the trends actually are. It's a bit of a mixed bag, and Catholicism has some spotty history of its own there. It may be hard, but Protestants are committed to getting better at evangelizing to Muslims. We aren't always as good as we want to be, but we're always trying. We don't all try as consistently to be sensitive to very ancient Christianity, but some of us do- and in a situation where the continued presence of the Assyrian Church in Iraq is threatened, I think most of us understand the importance of helping preserve it. It's not our goal to eliminate denominations until there's only one left, you know.
Also, you might do well to go on a Muslim forum and find out the extent to which they feel like Protestants are shying away from proselytizing Muslims in Iraq. I bet you get all kinds of stories.
Thanks. It looks like a picture of strife in a war torn country where the strong is feared. Evangelicals are perceived as the strong because of its connection and therefore prevailed. Maybe that's the situation for now. The Americans are going to withdraw and it will be different scenario when that eventually happens.
Even though the oppressed Iraqis are grateful to the Americans for liberating them from the former regime, they are still hated by the opposing side. While the military might of the Americans prevails, considering the deep opposition to them, wouldn't that make their friends to become new targets of greater hate? I think, yes, that would, the only reason for the restrain would probably they will incur bigger loss at the hand of the Americans.
The more common scenario is if “I can't get at you, I will get your friends who are weaker. I wouldn't do it now, but I would when it permits me to”. So it's a matter of time for that repercussion to take place on the Iraqi Christians because the undiminished hatred for them and the Americans but rather intensified by their presence as a symbol of occupiers rather than liberators.
But maybe I am looking at a worse scenario and hopefully the missionaries are successful with the humanitarian aid, which is a very commendable undertaking.