Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq. US policy of exporting 'democracy' has beein more successful in bringing misery in chaos
On January 13th, 2016, Religion News Service published a report by Open Doors stating that 2015 was the “worst year” for persecution against Christians worldwide. Open Doors is an NGO that works to support persecuted Christians worldwide.
North Korea topped the list for the 14th consecutive year as the worst country for Christians, however, countries suffering from Islamic extremism have dominated the list.
Libya has appeared in the top 10 for the very first time. NATO’s bombing campaign in 2011 not only devastated the nation economically, but also created a haven for terrorist groups, including ISIS.
Iraq also came in second place, and Afghanistan came in fourth. All three of these nations were supposed to have “democracy” and “freedom” brought to them through American and NATO invasions, however, the situation in these countries have only become desperate.
According to Open Doors president David Curry, in 2015 over 7,100 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons, and 2,400 churches were destroyed or damaged. According to Curry, “The level of exclusion, discrimination and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading and intensifying.” He also pointed out that “The persecution of Christians is a lead indicator of when countries are beginning to tip into chaos.”
Sadly, chaos is exactly what the invasions of Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan brought to each country. The foreign policy of western nations has long been in the process of sowing chaos in Syria through the arming of so-called “rebels.” The same rebels who have often been joining Al-Nusra and ISIS in droves. With the sheer amount of terror brought upon the Christians of these nations, I can’t help but also be infuriated at the policies that led to this situation in the first place.