Arab Christians Wary of War

Since the onslaught of the War between the United States and Iraq, Arab Christians find themselves in a precarious position. Christian families in the Middle East who are fiercely loyal to the state and royal family say relations with their Muslim neighbors have continuously deteriorated.

"Mosque preachers are talking about a "crusade" being waged by American and British forces against Muslim Iraq," says Toufiq Mitri al-Salaitha, a Christian living in the Town of Madaba.

Mr Salaitha describes the use of the word crusade as "very worrying" for Christians, because it places them on the side of the Americans.

"We want peace," says another Madaba resident. "We know (Iraqi leader) Saddam Hussein is a bad dictator and we want to see him go, but not like this."

"They (the Muslims) look at us differently, they are suspicious of us," he said. Christians have to emphasize that they condemned the war.

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