Many conservatives see W. Bush as a better President than Obama. But, Bush’s invasion of Iraq, instead of looking better through the lens of time, keeps looking worse. He was not a person who pondered and reflected on possible consequences. As he said himself, “I don’t do nuance.
Nuance would have served him well. While Bush said he wanted democracy in Iraq, and there is some of that, other things have gotten worse. One is treatment of the Christian faithful.
According to the link below, a member of the Catholic clergy with experience in Iraq pleaded with the Bush Administration not to invade. He predicted anti Christian sentiment would be unleashed. This has now come to pass.
Christians are now being chased out of several Middle East countries. The irony is some Christian commentators are blaming President Obama for the plight of these Christians.
In fairness, we don’t know what would have been the fate of Christianity in Iraq or the other countries experiencing the “Arab Spring” without the Bush invasion. Saddam, like all humans, would eventually have died and unexpected things might have followed. We don’t even know the future of Islam. We only know is Christianity was harmed by the invasion.
Christian leaders have had an apcolyptic view of Islam for a long time. It is often claimed the Crusades, a Christian invasion of the Middle East, was a necessity to stop the spread of Islam.
Both the Crusades and invasion of Iraq remain mistakes by Christians.