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Illinois, USA – Foregoing any open tournaments and soft early-season scheduling, Northwestern University (NU) dove headfirst into exciting dual competition to begin the year. NU made the trek to Stanford University looking to avenge a 27-6 loss to the Cardinal in 2009 and managed to do just that, rallying from a 13-6 deficit to win the dual, 18-16. Helping to lead the effort was Chaldean wrestler Andrew Nadhir (149 lbs.) posting a major decision victory to ensure a successful debut for first-year head coach Drew Pariano.
Nadhir is a three-time Detroit Catholic League champion, Michigan High School Athletics Association all-state and Detroit News second-team all-state selection. Nadhir ended his high school career with a 37-29 record in three seasons on varsity while leading the Catholic Central Shamrocks to three district championships and one regional championship. The young scholar chose Northwestern over Duke and Michigan State choosing to major in economics.
Baghdad, IRAQ – The massacre of Iraqi Christians by Muslim fanatics sent cold shivers of shock across the Western world. “The heinous killing of women and infants shows what Islam is turning into,” says Fathel Barto, a Chaldean ambulance driver in Iraq through a translator. “They have become the poison of a snake killing helpless and defenseless women and babies for no reason. These people do not fight and they do not harm anyone. These ignorant and barbaric men have sinned against Islam. Any true believer of Mohammed would be just as mad and openly condemn them and who they are.”
Barto’s assumptions seem to have fallen on deaf ears as Muslim leaders and politicos remain silent and apathetic to what has come to be known as the Massacre of Martyrs. The attack on the congregation of Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church was the bloodiest single attack on an Iraqi Christian church in recent history. The latest toll now reached nearly a hundred dead and 78 tragically wounded. Many of the dead and dreadfully wounded were women, toddlers, and small babies attending Sunday services.
American Chaldeans who have been calling on Washington DC have been turned away with sympathetic nods and comments of condolence. “They are snakes with forked tongues these politicians. All they do is talk and write letters showing they share our concern, but do nothing of substantial,” says David Kuza of Rochester, Michigan. “I voted for Gary Peters and Carl Levin. People in our community said these politicians can help us. Instead all they do is write hallmark letters. If they are serious about helping us let them take a stand by not voting or blocking any new legislation unless serious action is taken to protect Iraqi citizens.”