Turkish offensive adding fuel to persecution of Christians in the Middle East – NY Post

The governments of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Iran bear much responsibility for what happens to the Christian population of the Middle East, who are faced with persecution in the region, the CEO of the Catholic organisation Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, wrote in the New York Post.

The decline of the Middle’s East’s Chrisian population -  down to about 5 percent from more than 20 percent at the turn of the last century -  attests to a century of ruthless treatment at the hands of Turkey a century ago and the more recent attempt by the Islamic State (ISIS), Anderson said. 

The mass deportation of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, which  many historians, governments and the Armenian people believe was a genocide, led to the death of more than 1 million, acording to the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS).

Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria, launched on Oct.9, has once again targeted Christians in the region, the article said. 

Turkey’s rebel allies in Syria have attacked a Christian neighborhood in Qamlishi at the start of the operation, recalling the troubles faced by Mideast Christians at the turn of the century, Anderson wrote. 

Turkey has done little to alleviate concerns that its actions in the region will restage elements of those dark days when it comes to Christians and other regional minorities, according to the analyst, who maintains ‘’the well-being and physical security of indigenous Christian communities must be treated as a permanent agenda item in all U.S. aid and military assistance discussions with regional governments’’.