April 04, 2007

The Sheer Monstrosity Defies Belief

If Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch, who have a reputation to lose, hadn't published this -- I hadn't. Why not? Because the sheer monstrosity of it defies belief.

Under the headline "We must not let this ancient Church slide into oblivion" about Iraq’s Assyrian Christians who are facing extinction, the Catholic Herald reports the following detail of the atrocities they are facing:
“When they cook a dish in the Middle East, it is traditional to put the meat on top of the rice when they serve it. They kidnapped a woman’s baby in Baghdad, a toddler, and because the mother was unable to pay the ransom, they returned her child – beheaded, roasted and served on a mound of rice.” The infant’s crime was to be an Assyrian, but this story, reported by the Barnabus Fund, went unnoticed in the West, like so many other horrific accounts of Christian persecution in Iraq.
It defies comment as well. Just two things: SHOULD this be true, then the silence of the West is as monstrous as the crime. And yes, the people who did it are the same who are keeping the blood libel alive and thriving.

I first intended to head this entry "Happy Passover", but it defies cynicism as well.

Hat tip: MNM!