Christmas Baghdad attacks should not be a surprise

The West continues to be shocked when Islamists attack on Christmas even though such events have been happening for 14 centuries. Photo: Baghdad's Christmas bombings/AP

CHARLOTTEDecember 27, 2013 – The Christian world was stunned by three separate Christmas day bombings in Baghdad which left at least 37 people dead.

An even more shocking aspect of the murderous terrorist assaults, however, is the amount of surprise after they happened. The world has had fourteen hundred years of history to learn the lesson. How long does it take to wake up?

It began in the year 622 with the hijrah when the Prophet Muhammad moved his loyal band of followers from Mecca to Medina. That was the dawn of the Islamic nightmare that has not changed in the 1,391 years that have passed until 2013. In other words, there is precedent for such attacks.

Outraged Christians throughout the world are once again screaming for “moderate” Muslims to come forward to condemn the bombings. Cries which, as usual, fall upon deaf ears.

There are reasons for the lack of response, but, as always, the gullible West makes a lot of noise and little else in typical “much ado about something” fashion.

One major reason there is no outcry is because there is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim. Islam, by definition, is violent. True, there more than a billion Muslims, or people who claim to be Muslims, around the word.

And it is true that most are peaceful and most of them do not practice the religion as taught by their own prophet.

Millions of Muslims who take to their prayer rugs five times every day to recite the required verses in Arabic are simply chanting words they do not understand because they do not speak the native language of the faith.

Millions of other Muslims have been indoctrinated in the religion for so many centuries that they do not even know or understand the true ideologies of Islamic teaching.

True believers are those who carry out such atrocities as the ones that occurred in Iraq on Christmas day. There is no in between. The fact that the great percentage of Muslims who do not practice such barbarism has more to do with a personal understanding of the sanctity of human life than it does with following the tenets of their religion.

Islamic radicals practice their religion as it was taught by the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims will even attack Muslims during their own holy month of Ramadan, though war is prohibited by the Koran unless for defensive purposes.

Muhammad himself was involved in several major Ramadan battles during his lifetime.

If Islamists will fight among themselves during their own sacred period, does it not stand to reason they would willingly attack those they hate during Christmas?

Using traditional Western thought processes, the question that people ask is why would such events take place in Iraq after so many Americans gave their lives to liberate that country from Saddam Hussein. The question is moot because it makes no difference. It has no relevance.

It has no basis within the cultural focus of those who practice primary fundamentals of Islam.

What is more notable is the fact that Saddam Hussein was removed from power a decade ago, but violence in Iraq has not abated. That alone should be an indication to the current administration that the “Arab Spring” was and is doomed to fail.

Today we are contending with Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iran. The stories may be different from nation to nation but the roots of the violence and terrorism remain the same.

According to Islamopedia, the Christian Community in Iraq is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to the first century, CE. In 1980, Christians equaled approximately 7% of the total population. Today that percentage has fallen to less than 3%.

This means that a reported 1,500,000 Christians in Iraq in 2003 has fallen to less than 500,000 in the last ten years.

The majority of the Christian population has fled the country that is their homeland as after the fall of Saddam Hussein they have been forced to flee or fall to violence as religious violence by Muslim extremists, attacks on churches across the country and the killing of Christians has become common. Prior to the US invasion, Christians were allowed to live peacefully among the largely Islamic population.

According to Islamopedia in  ”…some cases Christian communities have been given a choice to convert to Islam or leave their homes...”

Sadly, as it always does, the outrage will diminish when other news stories take precedence. The West will return to its complacency and wait for the next shocking “surprise.” When it happens, the anger will be revisited.

The questions will be asked again. The “moderate” Muslims will once again remain silent.

And the cycle will continue.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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