ISIS follows Castro playbook
Forced conversions are nothing new in the history of the world. Neither are mass expulsions based on religious or ethnic prejudices.
Reading about the expulsion strategies of ISIS can make it seem as if this is the 13th century rather than the 21st. Yes, what they are doing to Christians in Iraq is not new, but it certainly seems antiquated, even a giant step backwards in time.
Come to think of it, however, what ISIS is doing to Christians is no different from what the Castro regime did to ALL Cubans. We were all given no choice: we had to convert to Castroism or else. Anyone who resisted was imprisoned or killed. Anyone who wanted to leave was stripped of all personal property save for a few changes of clothing.
Read the final paragraph in the article below. It is a perfect description of what happened in Castrogonia.
No one in the news media or academia wants to think of the Castro regime in these terms, but the fact is that it was a forced conversion combined with a massive seizure of property.
This doesn't make what is happening in Iraq any less tragic. But it helps to put it into perspective, especially when one considers that the world doesn't give a hoot about this great injustice or any others like it.
In fact, years from now, our descendants might be reading about all the wonderful things that ISIS did for the people of Iraq. Wait a minute.... right now we are already being asked to believe that "the saviors of Iraq are simple men who deliver food to their own suffering people - suffering after decades of invasion, bombing, attrocities at the hand of the US coloniser..."
Christians flee Iraq's Mosul after Islamists tell them: convert, pay or die
Christians were fleeing Iraq's jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country's Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said.
Iraq is home to one of the world's most ancient Christian communities, but their numbers have plummeted as attacks against them mounted after the US-led invasion in 2003, which unleashed a wave of sectarian violence.
"Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil," in the neighbouring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP. "For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians."
Before 2003 the city's Christians numbered some 60,000 people, but that dropped to some 35,000 by June this year, Sako said.
Another 10,000 fled Mosul after Sunni Islamist militants took control in a sweeping offensive led by Islamic State (IS) insurgents that began on June 9, and has since spread to other parts of northern and western Iraq.
A statement dated from last week and purportedly issued by IS warned Mosul's Christians they should convert, pay a special tax, leave or face death.
The deadline to leave the city is noon on Saturday, according to the statement.
On Monday two nuns and three orphans were released after being held for 17 days in Mosul, Sako said, a development he described as "a glimmer of hope, and a breakthrough".
However, his optimism was to prove shortlived.
"We were shocked by the distribution of a statement by the Islamic State calling on Christians to convert to Islam, or to pay unspecified tribute, or to leave their city and their homes taking only their clothes and no luggage, and that their homes would then belong to the Islamic State," Sako said.