THE ANCIENT Christian communities that once thrived in Iraq “now face potential extinction”, US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has said, urging the United States to develop a post-war plan to help Iraq resolve the humanitarian consequences of the seven-year war.
The US forces’ departure date of September 1 “is good news for our American servicemen, their families and the nation”, the cardinal said. “But this departure should not be accompanied by a withdrawal of our support for the Iraqi people, particularly for the millions of displaced.” From next month there will still be 50,000 Americans in Iraq – non-combat troops – who will “help maintain the peace and support the Iraqi army and police force”, the cardinal pointed out. But he said that as combat forces leave, violence could increase against those who have been displaced, including Christians.
The cardinal, who is the retired archbishop of Washington, made the comments on PoliticsDaily.com.