August 1, 2004
Ramsay F. Dass, MD
President, American Middle East Christians Congress (www.amecc.us)
The Iraqi-American Endowment Center (IAEC) and the American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) condemns the terrorist acts on Iraqi churches and the Christian communities while they were attending their Masses. For the first time, they have been subjected to this kind of crime.
These heinous crimes, even though, have an immediate psychological impact on the Christian communities, but it will not deter them to stand fast with the rest of the Iraqi people, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity to overcome this calamity.
The Iraqi-American community has watched these terrorist events on the Iraqi people at large with apprehension, and we hope that the Iraqi interim government will succeed in curbing these terrorist activities, including kidnapping, beheading, and killing of innocent people.
The Iraqi-American community has brought these matters to the attention of the American government in the past, fearing that such acts might happen.
We hope that the American administration will re-address these issues (security and army deployment) and work very closely with the other peace-loving nations to support Iraq and the Iraqi people and to stop this genocide by putting the neighboring countries that support terrorism on notice.