Sœur Marie Keyrouz Sings "Thou, O Mother of God"
On this Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, Levantine Melkite nun Marie Keyrouz's haunting vocals seem eerily appropriate as an intercession to lament small-a antichrist George W. Bush's mideast legacy, exposed by Doug Bandow, writing for Forbes, here — Mideast Christians Are Being Killed -- As A Result of Republican Party Policies:
- No single policy was as injurious to Middle Eastern Christians as the invasion of Iraq. In this repressive but secular dictatorship, Christians were free to worship and work. The ruling Baath Party was formed by a Christian; under Saddam Hussein a nominal Christian, Tariq Aziz, was foreign minister and deputy prime minister. However, U.S. intervention triggered a sectarian conflict which drove out hundreds of thousands of Christians (many to Syria), spawned a new al-Qaeda organization which morphed into the Islamic State (now killing Christians in Iraq and Syria), and tolerated ruthless Shia rule which encouraged Baathists and Sunni tribes to support ISIL (enabling its unexpected victories). Absent George W. Bush’s Iraq folly, backed by Rubio and most of his competitors, the “murderous terrorist organization,” as Rubio termed the Islamic State, wouldn’t even exist.