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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Interfaith Christmas Observance in Iraq

Gateway Pundit has a terrific collection of stories on an interfaith observance of Christmas in Iraq.

Shiite tribal leaders attend Christmas mass at an Assyrian orthodox church in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007. The church, which is located next to a Shiite mosque, hosted their neighbors for Christmas mass as a gesture of friendship. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) Breitbart reported:
Muslim clerics—both Sunni and Shiite—also attended the service in a sign of unity. "May Iraq be safe every year, and may our Christian brothers be safe every year," Shiite cleric Hadi al-Jazail told AP Television News outside the church. "We came to celebrate with them and to reassure them."
God is good... And, so are the American Soldiers and Marines who helped make this possible.
Read it here.

Yes it's a photo op, but it is the kind of photo op that would have been unthinkable just a few short months ago. There seems to be a concerted effort on the part of both Sunni and Shiite religious leaders to bring this conflict to a close and to form a united front, together with the United States, against those who seek to perpetuate the violence that has plagued Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam.