Sunday, 16 January 2011


I mean, it's still there, as far as I know but it appears to have disappeared from the pages of the British press.
I am sure it is still a front page item in the USA. Yesterday, three more US soldiers were killed. Two when an Iraqi soldier opened fire on them at Ghazlani Training Centre and the third soldier was killed in a separate incident but details, so far, are being witheld.
Of course, 'our' troops are, largely out of the arena of warfare but, even so, we need to be reminded of the trials that are still taking place and we need to pray for a cessation of the violence against Allied troops.

The war continues in Iraq
Now we have more news of a fresh wave of Iraqi Christian refugeees forced to flee across the border into Turkey. Some are just sending their children with echoes of the wartime  evacuees. Over 600 Chaldean Christians arrived in Turkey during December 2010 and the trend is set to continue as terrorism against Christians spreads from the South of Iraq to the Kurdish North, previously a secure stronghold against the Muslim fanatics.
Without wishing to stir up unjust feelings of resentment, it does appear as if the Islamic world has declared violent action against all Christians: Iraq, Nigeria, Sudan, Pakistan, Indonesia - wherever one looks in the world terrible murders of the faithful and burning of churches is taking place.
We can offer our support to Allied troops and to those suffering from these persecutions by praying for a cessation of aggression -

O God, Who bringest wars to nought and shieldest by Thy power all who hope in Thee, overthrowing those that assail them; help Thy servants who implore Thy mercy; so that the fierce might of their enemies may be brought low and we may never cease to praise and thank Thee. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one world without end. Amen


  1. Haunting clip...

  2. I live in America. This won't be the top news story, not by a long shot. Lots of attention right now is fixated in Arizona, one of our states. A congresswoman was shot at a public meeting. It happened last week, and everyone's still buzzing. And anyone who's forgotten that is caught up in the NFL Playoffs. We are horrible at tracking current events. Bad but true.