Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Iraq: Christian militia fighting IS

BBC writes the following article including the interview  that makes SDR wonder why its so sarcastic?  The SDR has kept their story but only added in as marked own comments/thoughts along the report...

BBC writes: A group of Christians in Iraq have formed their own militia to protect people from the so-called Islamic State group. The leader of the Babylon Brigade says they were left with no choice but to take up arms when IS fighters targeted Christians.

There's a striking picture on the wall. It shows an untarmacked road, scorched by sunlight, leading to a small village with a mountain range behind it. And all along the side of the road there are crosses every 100m - taller even than lamp posts.
"Christian village," a guard mumbles. "Near Mosul."
We are in the Baghdad headquarters of the Iraq Christian Resistance, Babylon Brigade. They are a militia, although they prefer the phrase popular mobilization unit. Whatever the language, about 30 of these outfits have sprung up in the past couple of years and between them they have 100,000 armed volunteers. They were formed to block the advance of the so-called Islamic State group when it swept through north and west Iraq in 2014, even threatening Baghdad. When the Iraqi national army collapsed the militias stood firm.

Most are Shia Muslim. A handful are Sunni Muslim, one is Christian - the Babylon Brigade.
The other pictures on the wall are photographs, all depicting the Babylon Brigade's leader and the man I have come to meet, Rayan al-Kildani. 

Kildani in military fatigues, al-Kildani with shades, Kildani meeting some important people, Kildani looking contemplative, al-Kildani looking determined.
And then the man himself arrives with a small entourage, most of them in suits but one young man with a wispy beard is in military clothing.

BBC: I'm not sure how seriously to take al-Kildani. The militias have persuaded the central government to cover their expenses and as a result they are, taken altogether, receiving about $1.4bn (£1bn) a year. 

For a militia leader like al-Kildani it's more than $600 (£450) per man per month. Good money. There are stories about people renting a house in Baghdad, gathering a few people together, announcing they have formed a militia and going to the government to apply for the funds.
"How many men have you got?" I ask.
"That's a military secret," he says.


I saw another man from the militias the day before and he was quite open about numbers.... I'd been a little surprised when that militiaman apologized for his English saying it should have been better given that he was from Wembley in North London.

"Really, Wembley? By the football ground?" I had said.
"Yes, my wife and children are still there."

Anyway he'd seemed happy to talk numbers. So I press al-Kildani again.
"Hundreds of men or thousands?"
"Rockets," he says. "Medium ones. This is war. You can't fight a war with rifles."
"So, a Christian militia," I remark.

"What Islamic State was doing to the Christians is terrible," he says. "They are the devil."

"Your militia has fought?" Asks the BBC reporter he could have looked at the following pictures, before asking this ...

"We fight side by side with the Muslim militias," he says, claiming: "We are the first Christian power in Iraqi history."
And then: "I know the Bible says that if you get hit on one cheek you should offer the other. But we have really good defence forces now. No-one is going to do anything bad to the Christians. Some Christians had their homes taken over. I have personally been to those houses to tell the new people living there to get out. Christian suffering is over."

They hang around their necks wooden crosses, just as the Crusaders of old did when — in the old relic of Christendom — the Christians placed the Cross on their chests and on their shoulders, beautifully manifesting the words of Christ: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 8:34)

One of his four phones rings. He glances at the incoming number, grunts and gives it to someone to answer.

"What about the commandment: Thou shalt not kill?" I ask.
"You are a Christian?" al-Kildani asks, somewhat doubtfully.
"Church of England," I offer. 
al-Kildani nods as if that explains it.

"He's a Protestant," someone says with a note of disapproval. 
"Sectarianism runs deep in Iraq," I think. But of course I don't say that. (Writes BBC)

SDR however wishes to correct BBC and take a look at the entire Christian world and they will suddenly realize that The Church of England (26 Million) is a part of Christianity just like the Lutheran Church and isn't even large when compared to the Catholic with an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world. And then there are many sorts of the Orthodox Churches in the world.,
Both Greek and Russian Orthodox just to mention the largest Orthodox Churches.

We truly wonder how BBC can be that ignorant and condescending thinking of Iraqi Christians in a sectarian manner, when the UK has as many sectarian Churches them selfs plus the Hindu and Other exotic religions not found in Iraq....

The only matter that should play a role is that there is a resistance even if its utterly small, and maybe even insignificant. It doesn't make it less of a fact that Christians of any sort have been been killed by ISIS who care very little what sort of Christina they kill. It'd been so many dead and disappeared Christians by now way that it should remind us of Genocide at best. And with that in mind we find it utterly disturbing how disrespectfully the BBC reports of the few who still can stand up and fight the ISIS masses who become more by the day....
SDR has many British team members who would never be this disrespectful against fellow Christians in Iraq.

Al-Kildani turns to me (The BBC report) again: "We have to fight. We have to defend ourselves." And then, to my surprise, he adds: "Jesus himself told us that if you don't have a sword you should go out and buy one."

SDR: Shame o BBC for blaming Christians for not knowing the Bible when even the most ignorant fool knows that what al-Kildani speaks facts!

The BBC reporter once again doubts the christian man by writing: I cast my mind back to my schooldays of Bible study but can't remember Jesus telling people to arm themselves.
The BBC Reporter asks al-Kildani: "Did he really say that? "It's in the Bible," Kildani insists. 
"Matthew," one man says. "Luke," says another. "Matthew and Luke," they both say. 

SDR has to comment that, the BBC reporter writes about himself: "I looked doubtful".
This is something we never read on BBC when it comes to Islam that BBC is mainly reporting on ...

BBC: Al-Kildani glances over to one of his assistants who is playing a game on his phone.
"Find it!" he orders.

The young man with the phone walks over to me. 
He has the verse on his screen in Arabic.
It is Luke chapter 22, verse 36: "If you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."

BBC once again disrespectfully and utterly ignorantly writes the following; 
Turns out theologians have been arguing about the verse for centuries. Is that a real sword? Or a metaphorical one? Al-Kildani is in no doubt. He says he and his men are out on patrol. And they're armed.....

SDR: Really? 
Many Christian nations have been at war and never ever did a priest tell its against the Bible we wish to remind BBC of this undisputable fact. Thats why they have Army Chaplains´ in the army serving in most western nations...
This includes the Church of England that we find strange that BBC seems so unaware of that they had Royal British Army Chaplains´ serving with the British Forces even overseas.

See the links here below what the BBC them selfs have reported along with some others.
BBC - Religions - Christianity: Army chaplains
Military chaplain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Regular Chaplain - British Army Website

Its been seen during the WW1 and WW2 the Falkland´s and also with troops that have been stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq etc.
So we ask you the reader can BBC really be this absurd? Or do they play some hidden anti Iraqi Christian agenda.

Why cant BBC not ask the US of A the same then ? But that they don't dare naturally .....

After all these years reporting on Islam BBC has never doubted any Islamic representation of them being a peaceful religion. This articles serves as a school example on how BBC is doubt anything Christian while literally believing any Muslim to tell the truth regarding Islam, no matter how sectarian or extreme we have never seen any doubt.
Please remember this when you read BBC the next time it reports on Islamist terror claiming it has nothing to do with the religion Islam. Because it sure as Amen in a church does have all there is to do with all of the Terror and killings we see and the world today.