This denunciation of western policies certainly accords with the the opinions we heard from refugee Iraqi Christians in Damascus last summer.
Rami Khouri reports these Christmas thoughts from Latin Patriarch of the Holy Land, Michel Sabbah.
Archbishop Sabbah is not some Pollyanna. He is Palestinian by birth, appointed by Pope John Paul II as the highest ranking Roman Catholic cleric in the region. His purview includes Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Bethlehem, located just 20 minutes apart, but cut off from each other by the Israeli occupation. Bethlehem in particular has been crippled, its agricultural lands made inaccessible by to its residents by the Israeli wall, its pilgrim and tourist traffic cut off by arbitrary military check points and "closures." Yet he seeks a way forward in not only justice, but also in understanding and love.
In a time when the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom trumpets that most Britons believe that "religion does more harm than good," maybe hope comes from quarters where we might least expect peace and goodwill to break through.