This is an awesome charity I just found out about today. It’s called Preemptive Love, and it specifically focuses on helping children in Iraq get the heart surgeries they need—because Iraqi children are TEN TIMES more likely to be born with congenital heart defects than the worldwide average rate.
Why is the Iraqi rate of birth defects so high? Well, it comes down to three big reasons:
Of the many factors that contribute to this rate in Iraq, the top three suspects that are distinct from those of nearby countries are:
1) The chemical agents, attacks and experiments of Saddam Hussein’s regime on Kurds and Shiite Arabs.
2) Depleted Uranium used by the US and British forces left behind a chemically toxic legacy in the soil and gene pool of those exposed in combat and in post-combat daily life.
3) The sanctions imposed on Iraq, crippling the economy and destroying all infrastructure, including health care.
Click here for more information on these top three suspects.
So yeah, two out of those three reasons have to do with American foreign policy.
Now, as I’ve written before, I never supported war in Iraq in any sense more meaningful than a 15-year-old’s ingenuous assumption that the president wouldn’t screw up so important an issue. But even if these birth defects aren’t my fault, they’re not entirely disconnected from me, either. At the very least, my (unwillingly paid) taxes helped make them happen.
More important, as a Christian, if this isn’t helping the “least of these,” I don’t know what is.
So this is what I want for Christmas, and what I may get for others who, like me, are already pretty much set as far as material stuff goes. (And, ok, I might like a nice sweater, too.)
I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but if you’re into giving people something meaningful and righting some of the wrongs of American interventionism, maybe add Preemptive Love to your Christmas list.
Also, if you can spare money now, they’re “waging peace” by helping Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS. Learn about that emergency initiative here.