To liberate the potential Christian contribution to the Arab Spring, action is required on all sides.
First, Western governments should make it clear that protection of religious minorities, including Christians, is a sine qua non of diplomatic recognition and material assistance. Defense of religious groups and institutions should be a cornerstone of security priorities.
In that regard, the record in Iraq is not encouraging. . . .
Not only is Mr. Allen insightful as usual, he also reviews events elaborating on the Christian presence in the Arab world, a presence to which other media give little detailed attention.