Fraser Nelson: Middle East Christians in exodus of biblical scale
Father Immanuel Dabaghian, one of Baghdad's last surviving priests, is expecting a quiet Christmas. To join him in the Church of the Virgin Mary means two hours of security checks and a finger search at the door, and even then there's no guarantee of survival. Islamist gunmen massacred 58 people in a nearby church last year, and fresh graffiti warns remaining churchgoers that they could be next.
The Americans have gone now, and Iraq's Christian communities -- some of the world's oldest -- are undergoing an exodus on a biblical scale.
Of the country's 1.4 million Christians, about two-thirds have now fled. Although the western Governments are reluctant to recognise it, a new evil is sweeping the Middle East: religious cleansing.