Just when you might be tempted to despair, along come men like Sheik Ahmed Abu Risha, protector of the Chaldean Catholics:
After hearing Sheikh Iyad's account of the suffering that the Chaldean Catholics have endured in Iraq, Sheikh Ahmad publicly declared that from this time forward they would be under his protection, that anyone who killed a Chaldean will be regarded as one who has killed in a member of his tribe (under the medieval Islamic concept of qisas this is a capital offense), and money will be provided from the Sahawa al-Iraq treasury to rebuild the churches and cemeteries that al-Qaeda destroyed. He justified this by quoting from the Qu'ran and stating that there should be no compulsion in matters of religion because truth stands free from error.
And the man who started the "Anbar Awakening," his late brother, Sheikh Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, demonstrates that many seem to have drawn the right lesson from Vietnam:
"He says, yeah, so, Vietnam beat the Americans, and what did it get them? You know, 30 years later, they’re still living in poverty.”
God bless them and all those like them.