More birth pangs of a new Middle East?
As we watch the total destruction of ancient Christian communities -- whole cities -- in Syria and northern Iraq I am reminded of the infamous statement by Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice when Israel attacked Lebanon (again) in 2006:
"What we're seeing here, in a sense, is the growing -- the birth pangs of a new Middle East. And whatever we do, we have to be certain that we are pushing forward to the new Middle East, not going back to the old one."
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These lands are the birthplace of Christianity where the Apostles and the other early disciples of Christ preached and spread the Gospel....
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.