Out of sight, out of mind, out of time?
Anti-war protests to coincide with the 4th anniversary of the outbreak of war in Iraq are under way, with notable events in America and Spain. I’m sure many of the rally speeches will have referred to the ethnic tensions which now thrive in Iraq, most notably between Sunni and Shi’ite factions. But spare a moment of thought for the Mandaeans, who are claimed to be facing ‘extinction’ due to forced conversion and religious violence. This is a small religion which effectively follows John the Baptist. With just 5 bishops and a few thousand followers still in Iraq, they face a situation where their religion could disappear altogether. Perhaps what strikes me on initial reading as worth saving is there commitment to pacifism, no matter what. Anyway, the least we can do is spare them thought so they aren’t forgotten. I wish we could do more.