There will be no midnight masses in Iraq this year. They have been canceled in light of ongoing attacks on Iraqi Christians. Kurdistan, once thought to be a safe haven for Christians, has recently seen a spate of anti-Christian violence.
The last Christian church in Afghanistan was closed in March of 2010. Investor's Business Daily reports that half of Iraq's Christians have fled the country since 2003.
Ten years ago I would not have guessed that the situation of Christians in Afghanistan and Iraq would deteriorate dramatically as a consequence of American military involvement in the region. I really missed the boat on that one. The surge in Iraq and the mini-surge in Afghanistan have not produced results for the rights of Christians. Their equal rights and the equal protection of the laws are simply denied.
I still do not understand why our policy-makers thought it wise to establish officially Islamic regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are already seeing an increase in religious persecution in Egypt. I expect the same thing will happen in Syria.