Bush Administration Under Attack for Not Protecting Christian Arabs
Stacy L. Harp
February 16, 2006
Robert Novak had a very interesting article appear on CNS News recently titled Menaced Holy Land Christians. Here's how the article begins...
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., is taking an increased interest in the desperate plight of Christians in the Holy Land-to the point of politely and privately asking for help from George W. Bush. Immediately at stake is the West Bank village of Aboud, whose Christian roots go back two millennia, and which now is threatened by Israel's security barrier.
The article goes on to say...
"I am afraid that what is happening in the Holy Land is that we're losing the presence of the Christian community," Cardinal McCarrick told me. As leader of his faith in the nation's capital, he seeks friends on both sides of any political divide. Accordingly, the Cardinal told me the West Bank's Christians are endangered by Palestinians (particularly since Hamas's election victory). But there is no question for the Holy Land Christian Society, seeking to save their co-religionists, that water-hungry Jewish settlers benefit from the security wall.
Catholic sources divulged to me that McCarrick, who recently had been called into the White House to discuss foreign trade, brought up the condition of the West Bank Christians with President Bush. Acting as though he had heard this for the first time, the president turned to National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and asked him to look into the problem.
...so far, there is no sign that Hadley or anybody else in the Bush administration has engaged this problem. A Catholic contact with the White House talked to Elliott Abrams, the presidential aide handling the Middle East. Abrams responded that the barrier is required for Israeli security. Abrams gave the impression that he is not concerned with Christian Arabs.
If what was reported in this article is really true, then I'm concerned that the Bush Administration seems to be dragging its feet concerning this issue. However, I understand why they want to protect Israel. The problem however, is that this Gaza pull out was not only stupid but it put more Christians in danger and with Hamas now being in charge over there in the Middle East we need to pray now more than ever for our Palestinian brothers and sisters and Israeli brothers and sisters.
What do you think the Bush Administration should do?