Since the start of the war in Iraq, I have often heard people pray for our troops along these lines: "Be with our troops who are fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi people, so that some day they may be able to worship you and come to Christ." The problem is, since Saddam was toppled, the plight of those who call themselves Christians has only gotten much worse. This has been documented over and over and over again.
I suppose this confusion is due to a simple assumption: Saddam was bad; persecuting Christians is bad; therefore Saddam must have persecuted Christians. But the reality is that he was relatively secular in his orientation, and while he did not treat those who claimed Christ as well as he did Arabs, he did allow Christians to worship.
And as bad as Saddam was, Iraq has only become a far more dangerous place for Christians with him out of power. Ironically, many of those thousands who have fled have sought refuge in Syria, another country on the wish-list of those egging on war with the Muslim world.