John L. Allen Jr.: Where’s the blockbuster for the ‘Dunkirk in reverse’ in Iraq and Syria?

(Crux) Right now, American movie theatres are featuring the summer blockbuster “Dunkirk,” written and directed by Christopher Nolan, about the famous WWII evacuation of trapped Allied troops which most Brits regard as among their finest hours.

That evacuation, in which hundreds of ordinary people joined an impromptu flotilla to bring the troops home, occasioned Winston Churchill’s famed 1940 speech: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Obviously, the WWII-era Dunkirk was a moment of high, world-changing drama, and it deserves to be memorialized. However, there’s an equally dramatic, but as-yet uncelebrated, Dunkirk going on right now before our eyes, in this case a moment of great Catholic heroism.

The difference is, it’s actually a Dunkirk in reverse – the idea isn’t to get people out, but to help them stay. That’s an image I’ve used before, and it remains completely on the money.

Since the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, every religious minority in the region has suffered, with Christians leading the pack because of their numbers and visibility. A variety of international groups, including the U.S. government, has recognized those Christians as victims of “genocide.” [More]