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West underestimates Islamic fundamentalism, Iraqi archbishop warns

February 11, 2011

The West should not underestimate the power of Islamic forces in the Middle East, and Iraqi archbishop has warned.

In an interview with Italy’s SIR news agency, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk likened the force of Islamic fundamentalism to a “volcano,” with the goal of creating Islamic regimes throughout the Middle East. “The Western mentality does not allow it to fully comprehend this risk,” he said, because the West does not recognize the significance of religion in public life.

Archbishop Sako expressed keen concern about the current unrest in Egypt, and fears that the country could become “a new Iraq,” in which the Christian minority suffers under the constant threat of violence.


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Feb. 12, 2011 6:26 PM ET USA

    The very reason the West doesn't see Islam for what it is is because so many of us do not have a view of reality based on religion and history anymore. The Muslim world still views the West as Christendom even though there really isn't an actual Christian nation left anywhere in the Western world, they have all gone apostate and secular. If we don't wake up--and I already think it is too late for Europe--the West will be under the cruel yoke of Mohammed and we will all be dhimmis or dead.

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 12, 2011 1:31 PM ET USA

    The archbishop is right, the West (including the Vatican) views the Mid-East as something other than a religious clash-something they recognize in their own European history, but something just not talked about today because it might offend somebody. We cannot afford to keep our head in the sand and talk about ecumenicalism, etc, when there are those who will only use it to their own advantage.