Christian Democide and American Foreign policy: The Bush/Obama Middle East Disaster                                                     by Jack Kettler

Democide is a term defined by the political scientist R. J. Rummel as “the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder.” According to Rummel, democide passed war as the leading cause of non-natural death in the 20th century. Moving into the 21st Century, it show no signs of stopping.

A Christocentric view of current events in the Middle East:

By Christocentric I mean, a theology that openly and without apology makes Christ, the cardinal message, from which all other theological and political positions are evaluated.

I'm writing this as an appeal for Christian leaders to speak up to help save Syrian and other Middle Eastern Christians. If the anti-Christian Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the Syrian government are successful, it will lead to the almost certain genocide of Christians in Syria like we are now witnessing in Iraq. The U.S. Democracy debacle in Iraq has led to the displacement and slaughter of almost the entire Christian community in Iraq.   

As a Christian, I'm becoming increasingly concerned about the destruction of Christian communities around the world and the murder of tens of thousands of Christians, particularly in the Middle East. That is why I am speaking out. I'm not an apologist for any regime in the Middle East, since it is well known that I'm a relentless critic of Islam. My motivation is to help stop the almost certain slaughter of Christians in Syria, if the present government is overthrown.

Christianity was spreading in the Middle East until U.S. Policy shifted to spreading Democracy: 

For example, Victor Atallah, is an Egyptian born Presbyterian missionary to the Middle East, based in Cyprus. Mr. Atallah told me personally that he had been in Iraq and Baghdad prior to Saddam Hussein's overthrow by the Bush regime and how there were two large Christian Churches in Baghdad that he visited. It is uncertain of these churches existence today. At the time, Mr. Ahallah's radio broadcast from Cyprus was heard in Iraq and bearing fruit. Mr. Atallah works with MERF the Middle East Reformed Fellowship

Ideas have consequences that are not always good:

Saddam Hussein, as bad as he was, kept the warring Muslim factions in check and protected the Christian community, which dated back to biblical times. Iraq under Saddam Hussein did not have democracy, nor were weapons of mass destruction found, yet there was freedom for Christians, some even served in high government positions such as the one time Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.

I'm deeply concerned about Obama's new plan to support the so-called moderate Syrian rebels whose chief goal is the overthrown the Syrian government, and what will happen to the large Christian community in Syria if this happens. What guarantee is there that these rebels will do anything to fight ISIS as promised? ISIS is growing rapidly in numbers and funding. The only government that has any chance to hold them off is Syria.  

No apologies yet from the Neocons who tried to spread the evil form of government our founding fathers warned us against, democracy. From someone who has to experience the fruits of what the democracy promoters tried:

"We have gained nothing. Literally nothing. We may have had an evil dictator, but now we have total terrorism. We use to have Saddam. Now we have thousands." - Rev. Canon Andrew White, chaplain of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad

Regarding Syria, U.S. Senator Rand Paul understands what can happen:

“Think what would have happened had we seriously degraded Assad to the point where he was overrun, think who would be in charge of Syria right now?” Senator Paul asked before answering his own rhetorical question: ”ISIS.”

What happens to Christians around the world when current U.S. Policy of spreading democracy is implemented?

In Iraq, Christians numbered nearly 2 million in 2003, representing just over 5% of the population of the country. This is before the Bush/Obama disaster. Now there are fewer and 500,000. This was the estimate before the Sunni Jihadists started rampaging through the country to establish the caliphate and a nation base for their savage blood thirsty plans to conquer the whole world.

The total number of Christians, in Syria not including Iraqi refugee Christians, numbers about 1.7 million or about 12% of the population. In Syria, both Christians and Muslims serve in the military, and are fighting for their lives against the jihadist backed U.S. Christ hating rebels.

Christians numbered around 100,000 in Libya. Thanks to U.S. policy under Obama and his top Republican interventionist cheerleader, John McCain, the entire community may have been exterminated. As of now, the country is destroyed and almost all Western diplomats have left the country. Right now, jihadists are swimming in the U.S. Embassy pool in Tripoli, the capital.

In Egypt, there are about 10 million Christians. Thankfully, the U.S. Obama / Hillary Clinton backed Muslim Brotherhood government was overthrown by the Egyptian military.

In particular, what happened in Iraq after installing Democracy?

“Bush and his neocons in their witless crusade for democracy smashed holes in all those state structures. Their relentless insistence on general elections across the region as soon as possible fatally undermined the government of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and brought Hamas to power in Gaza... The absurdity and futility of the Bush-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz 'democracy-building dream' in Iraq is now exposed for all to see. Instead, the Islamist jihadi tidal wave is sweeping all in sight.”1

President Bush however honorable he is compared to Obama, miserably fails the test when evaluated in terms of a Christocentric policy analysis. The current slaughter of Christians would not be happening without his overthrown of Saddam Hussein. After Saddam's removal, there is no government to counter Iranian influence in the region. The Bush foreign policy created a disastrous power vacuum. 

Why would Bush want to spread democracy anywhere considering:   

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” - H.L. Mencken

In the Bush installed democracy in Iraq, how did recent prime minister Nouri al-Maliki work out? Was he a moron? How is our own current narcissistic golf playing dim whit working out? Our own moron got elected twice by promising stupid people free stuff. Democracy and Islam are not compatible. In fact, democracy and Islam equal radical Islam.

In his important study, The Heresy of Democracy (1955), Lord Percy of Newcastle declared of democracy that it is “philosophy which is nothing less than a new religion” (p. 16).2  In fact, democracy is evil!

Some thoughts supporting my last assertion:

“Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.” - Hans-Herman Hoppe

“Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” James Madison, Federalist Papers No. 10 (1787).

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” Thomas Jefferson

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” John Adams

“Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state – it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.” - John Witherspoon

It is high time for Christians to wake up and stop supporting politicians who engage in nation building, and spreading the insidious form of government religion called democracy, which in the case of the Middle East is leading to the extermination of Christianity throughout the whole region!

Current U.S. foreign policy is responsible for tens of thousands of Christians in the Middle East being murdered and displaced. Ideas have consequences, and current U.S. policy has been a catastrophe for the historic Christian communities in the Middle East. Closer to home, instead of flooding America with countless hordes of Islamic immigrants, some of whom will become jihadists, we need to provide sanctuary in the U. S. for Middle Eastern Christians that have been driven from their homes.

And finally, I say that is time to pray for God to remove corrupt leaders and to raise up Godly ones who fear God and who will seek to protect Christ's Church.


1. Marttin Sieff, Blame Iraq on George W. Bush and the GOP, is the author of several award winning books including: “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East” (Regnery, 2008). He has received three Pulitzer Prize nominations for international reporting.

2.  THE HERESY OF DEMOCRACY WITH GOD by Rousas John Rushdoony [From Chalcedon Position Paper No.6]

Mr. Kettler has previously published articles in the Chalcedon Report and Contra Mundum. He and his wife Marea attend the Westminster, CO, RPCNA Church. Mr. Kettler is the author of the book defending the Reformed Faith against attacks, titled: The Religion That Started in a Hat. Available at: