A Sign of Hope in Iraq – Muslims Putting Up A Cross

An iconic image of hope, peace and reconciliation taken by Michael Yon St. John’s Church in Baghdad, Iraq.


From Instapundit :

“I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad.

They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome. A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from ‘Chosen’ Company 2-12 Cavalry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.

The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people.

‘Thank you, thank you,’ the people were saying. One man said, ‘Thank you for peace.’

Another man, a Muslim, said ‘All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.’

The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers. (Videotape to follow.)”


Beautiful. Update 19/11/2007 at More Signs of Hope in Iraq – Muslims Attaending Church Service at St. John’s in Baghdad.

So is it accurately representative of the state of peace in Iraq now, or merely a cherry-picked example in a land torn by sectarian strife, imperialist American oppressors and terrorist atatcks?

Decide for yourself:

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Also carried by The Jawa Report, Michelle Malkin and many others who actually care that Iraqis can live in peace.

Not like liberals and similar-minded petty folk around the world, who don’t really give a damn about the Iraqis as long as they can continue to deride Bush.

“Is your hatred for George Bush so great that you prefer to see millions of civilians suffer just to prove him wrong?

It really comes down to this: you are determined to see Iraq become a permanent hellhole because you hate Bush. And we are determined to see Iraq become a success, because we want to live.”Iraqpundit

And from Day by Day:



It’s amazing that you can see Muslims helping to erect a Christian cross on a church, in Iraq of all places – the supposedly war-torn, blood-soaked, will-never-have-peace hell-on-Earth-and-it’s-Bush’s-fault (if you listen to only the lie-beral dominated media).

Of course, you won’t get much or any coverage of this in the mainstream media… Either in the West or here in Malaysia.

Not even Malaysiakini would probably carry a letter about the topic if I sent one in – not Malaysianey enough?

Then again, http://www.malaysiakini.com/ once-long-ago carried my article that was almost exclusively about Middle East events, Malaysiakini: Are US News Agencies Biased Against Palestine?

Then again then again, it might not be a good idea to include such images as the pic. Featuring a Christian icon, showing Christian-Muslim cooperation and coming out of ‘occupied’ Iraq… It wouldn’t cast such a good light on our own local situation.

I mean, you won’t see something like this anywhere else in the Muslim majority world. Honest, I’m not just being facetious.

For if crosses can be erected in post-invasion Iraq, what example does that show to peacetime Malaysia – where applications for nonMuslim religious land are red taped, a church on a hill can’t be renovated because it then would reach higher than the Sultan’s palace, and Orang Asli churches are arbitrarily torn down?

You definitely won’t have something like this in Malaysia anytime soon – a supposedly peaceful, prosperous, modern and multicultural society where moderate Islam is the norm.

So in conclusion: Yes, it must definitely be the insidious aim of the American imperialist crusader neo-colonialist occupation forces (and throw in a Zionist there for good measure) to invade the Middle East and forcibly convert everyone to militant fundamentalist extermist Christianity.

Things like the top pic will only happen when the Conquistador American lackeys, those bulldogs the British return to enslave and apartheid Malaysia once again.

Now why didn’t I see that before?

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2 Responses to “A Sign of Hope in Iraq – Muslims Putting Up A Cross”

  1. Bob K Says:

    Thanks for linking to my blog post on the OA church demolition. There is another dimension to this issue and it has to do primarily with land grabs.

    The status of native customary land is a very touchy issue in Malaysia and there have been recorded incidences whereby Orang Asli who convert to Islam have been asked to sign over their rights of the land to the state. Such land then becomes fair game for redevelopment, often with no provisions for the Orang Asli who may actually be relegated to squatter status in their ancestral land.

    And the irony is that the beneficiaries of these deals include some big name Christian owned property development companies and other similiar capitalistic ventures.

    Sometimes, its just a bit too easy to miss the woods for the sake of the tree, esp. in the testy relationship between the Christian and Muslim communities.

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