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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2013
Ignored by the mainstream media the systematic destruction of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East cries out for attention by all who care for human civilisation. It makes a harrowing and heartrending read. "Democratic" western governments and certain leaders past and present ought to feel shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
We hear occasional reports of the more eye-catching attacks upon Christians in the Middle East, but this shows succinctly how much greater the problem is. For such a short book, it also does a pretty good job of giving a bit of historical context. Recent Western intervention has clearly exacerbated the situation, but may be accelerating an exodus that has been underway for a century. Thankfully, West doesn't neglect the persecution of other religious minorities in the region too. I'm ashamed to say that I didn't even know that 796 Yazidis had been killed in the second worst terrorist attack in history.

West tries to blame our ignorance on the Left's supposed domination of broadcast media, but our press hasn't shown much interest either. The demise of religious minorities throughout the Middle East is a tragedy unfolding before our eyes; or it would be if we were looking.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
The plight of Christians in the Middle East is something that the Western media seem not to be very interested in and Ed West is to be congratulated on raising the issue in this fascinating book. The so called Arab Spring and the continuing conflict in Iraq have been disastrous for Christians and no one seems to want to talk about it - not even Western Christians. It is ironic that Western liberals can be so touchy about any perceived failure on our part to be sufficiently respectful of religious minorities in our countries (minorities who have the luxury of concerning themselves with hurt feelings) and so indifferent to the persecution and murder of Christians in the Middle East. If a non-Christian minority in a Christian country were being treated in this way, there would be outrage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
As a western Christian living in the Middle East, I can not speak highly enough about this book.

He has successfully captured all the main points using plain and frank language which makes it accessible to anyone.

Please read this - it is today's untold story.

Please read it and tell others in your churches what is going on.

Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2014
A short, sharp read which highlights the hypocrisy and tendency of western Christendom to bend over backwards for Islam while ignoring the extinction of their faith in the Middle East at the hands of militant Islamism. As Mr West points out, a reluctance to defend their brothers and sisters in the Middle East will result in the Islamists escalating their militancy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2014
This book highlights the how the West turns a blind eye to its "friends" in order to placate those who are totally hostile to Western, democratic and secular values. Perhaps we have no alternative, but we should stop being hypocritical. It is excellently written, covers a wide span of Geography and time, and has lead me to rethink some of my underlying assumptions about global politics.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
I found this book very interesting from begining to end. The big question is, why does the british media not tell people what is going on. By not telling about the way christians are being treated in the country,s of the arab spring the true outcome is being hidden
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2014
An up to date publication giving the position on the persecution of Christians in several parts of the world.
Required reading for anyone following the increase in pressure on Christians throughout the world and wanting to know how to help and pray.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2014
A good read finished it in two sittings.The author has certainly opened my eyes re situation for Christians in middle east,the scandalous silence from the west needs to challenged and the sooner we the better.Overall an educational and excellent read.
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on 28 April 2015
I salute Ed West for drawing attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East, but as a student of history in the area, I have reservations about his approach and handling of the subject. One has the impression of a huge mosaic of press cuttings glued to each other, rather than an attempt to explain the problem in terms of the sociology, legal institutions, and history of the region. On some bits of history, e.g. the Young Turks, I think any specialist would say he is just plain wrong or at least one dimensional--he does not seem to know that the Young Turks came to power as allies of the Armenian Dashing--and he also does not factor the nationalist movements of the Christian minorities in the Middle East into his analysis, with the occasional partial exception. This is no doubt because of the nature of his sources -- Christian accounts of persecution rather than historical analysis--and the dualistic perceptions which arrive from handling it that way. In West's narrative, 'crowds of Muslims' attack Christians. This is much too simplistic. Which Muslims? Organised by whom and for what purpose and how? What were the energising or radicalising factors? Otherwise we simply have the 'bad guy theory of history' which is misleading and dangerous.
Nor does West analyse why the Western powers, which interfered endlessly on behalf of Middle Easter Christians in the 19th century, without it must be said doing them much good, turn their eyes away today? The answer lies in fairly obvious changes in Western society, but they should be spelt out. It is good however that West underscores the fact that the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 produced an Islamist constitution and the eviction of ancient Christian populations. The same is, in some degree, of course also true in Syria.
However as a marker for a terrible episode, and one which everyone, Muslim, Christian, or agnostic, should face up to, this is a timely and useful book. It is a pity that it does not do full justice to the complexities of the situation there.
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