According to Salim Mansur, writing in the Toronto Sun, in the 1990s western democracies dispatched NATO forces to help stop ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia. Some 16 years later, the Arab Spring mirrors the conflict that ripped through the Balkans.
But whereas in the Balkans, the suffering minority were Bosnian Muslims, those suffering most in the Arab-Muslim world are Christian minorities.
While Arab despots provided some protection to Christians, the situation has worsened with Islamists taking power. There have been numerous attacks on Christians and churches in Egypt. From Gaza reports have come of forced conversions to Islam. Iraqi Christians fled persecution and found refuge in Syria, but now the sectarian conflict in Syria has intensified, and Syrian Christians are endangered.
The West’s failure to respond effectively is more than an immense moral failure, says Salim Mansur. It is scandalous appeasement of Islamist totalitarianism, just as Europe’s major democracies appeased Hitler in the 1930s.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 2 September 2012.