Last week we were told by Barack Obama, Mission Accomplished, Iraq has been left as a stable country.
No Mr President, simply not true!
A few days later Canon Andrew White issued the following plea:
US may be leaving us but our war is not over it is getting worse every day but we are now forgotten! We have just spent 2 hours trying to get into the Green Zone. Our badges may be the highest level but they are not working as of today, because they are American. This evening I was to take the British Embassy Carol Service. I arrive an hour and a half late we still did a shortened version. How we do our work now I just do not know, I cannot get to the US Embassy to even do our Chapel Services. We are now in a big crisis please pray for us.
Early this week, Iraq Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, a Sunni, accused of links to terrorism, fled to the relative safety of Kurdistan. Accused by the Shia Prime Minister Nouri Malik, a man the Sunnis accuse of being a worse dictator than Saddam Hussein.
One would be hard pushed to find anyone in Iraq without links to terrorists.
The Saudis (Sunni) and Iranians (Shia) are stoking the fires of sectarian hate.
We have to turn once again to Canon Andrew White for the Truth:
By the time you receive this I will be back home in the UK as I write I am on the airplane now. How I would love to say that I was leaving Iraq in a good state but I cannot. Iraq is descending into one of it most major crisis in recent years. The government is on the point of collapse. The prime minister has issued an arrest warrant for the Vice President Tariq Al Hashami. He is from the largest Iraqi party. Several of his guards have been arrested and charged with terrorist activity and they have said they were just doing what the VP told them to do. What is more the VP is a friend of mine. I do not do a survey on my friends first. We are told to love all people, good and bad. So when I get back to my UK desk tonight and see on my book case a picture of the VP Tariq Al Hashami I am not going to remove it but pray that G-d’s love and His angels will surround him and may we all see soon the truth.
So as I leave things are very bad. I phoned Lina early this morning to see what the news was from Iraq. She laughed and said, “I am not like you, and we don’t have electricity how can I know the news”. All she could tell me was that she had heard lots of big bombs this morning. I there phoned friends who are senior Iraqi politicians. The news they said was so terrible. One of these friends was the person who gets the visas for the people who come in with me. He assured me that it would be impossible to bring anybody in the near future. To start with it is difficult now visas have been stopped to Westerners who are not based here and now it is just two dangerous. It is less than a week since the US Military withdrew and look what state we are in. The leader of the Mahdi Army Muqtader Al Sader said “we had to show that we Iraqis could run the country after occupation and we have already failed”.
The Sad thing is that this news is not even being told by the mass media. They were in country to cover the US Military withdrawal now they have left. Some are even on this plane with me now. So the story has also left. The only good news is that many Iraqis like Lina do not even know what is happening because their access to news is so limited as they have such little power to see or hear news. My prayer for my beloved people as I now leave them Is that they will also see the miraculous power of G-d as we did last weekend. May they also see that with G-d all things are possible.
Tomorrow I am in Leatherhead doing two Christmas Carol events with Gerald Coates, my old friend who has been one of the big church leaders in the new church movement. Then I am free until the midnight service in Bramshot that I will speak at.
Well love and blessings to you all. May you have a truly wonderful and blessed Christmas. Don’t forget the Christmas message from the Angel Gabriel “that with G-d everything is possible”.
We never were told the Truth by the Western Media, not that they necessarily deliberately lied, though often they did, but because they were holed up in the Green Zone and rarely if ever ventured out.
Now even the media is pulling out, story over, job finished.
Meanwhile less than two weeks after Mission Accomplished, Iraq descends into Hell.
All we have left is the skills of negotiators like Canon Andrew White and prayer.
As I write I have at the side of me a plaque from Iraq, given to me by Canon Andrew White.
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