SYRIA : A SIMPLE TRUTH
I have express many times here that there is something wrong with the Attacks on Syria and the WILL to bring it down. I was aware of the planning of the Arab League in pressuring Syria to attack Israel in the Golan and Galilee Kibbutz, and some rockets been sent.
And Syria stopped. From then the Syria Problems started, and the accusation of Syria on been SOFT with Israel started to go all over the globe !
This was the last chance for Syria to comply with the demands of the Arab League, and Syria became an outcast ! And A Target, by all means !
I have found this testimony, that I know is true because I’ve hear others !
Syria was more on a traditional political construction, then a religious one, and it still is!
The Baath party like in Irak..SURE is no match for The Muslim Brotherhood..with some old memory of the Hama Massacre :
So yes a Strong Government WHO KNOWS that weakness is NOT ALLOWED concerning Islam fundamentalist that is All or Nothing because when you leave an open door they are smashing the All House !!!! (What We Should See In Europe and The United States Before it is all too late !!! ).
Christianity Should STILL have a meaning Among us.. Be It..JUST the Cultural Thing !
And How Much We Should Care about those Christian All Over of What Has Became The Arab World…before The Arab World Be the Whole Planet !
Christians in Irak Lebanon, Egypt.. Syria !
What the matter with us.. to help those who massacre our own cultural brothers and sisters ???
What’s the use of the United Nations if we can make respected the Christian Nations, because we should be all secular.. ok fine.. but muslims nations are they secular? NO !
And we keep with this modern thought, They on the Other side bring all their 7th centuries Idea and way of life, when, tell me when it’s gonna stop ? when our leaders gonna realize and REACT according to it!
And has for the Syrian Government have a clear language and action to not leave an door open, because of our open mind, because an open mind with those who openly want to kill you.. is Suicidal !
Thanks For Reading !
Wil T. Knox S.D.L.
This Article must situate itself between the end of the Irak war and before the Arab League pressure on Syria
Hope in Syria and Iraq’s Turkish Autonomous Zone
Many Christians currently see a ray of hope in neighbouring Syria. Since the fall of Baghdad, the regime in Damascus, isolated by the United States, has taken in many thousands of Iraqi refugees. In doing so, it has demonstrated to the West the long-forgotten merits of the Arab nationalist Baath Party’s non-denominational doctrine. “Nobody here cares whether we are Sunnis, Shiites or Christians,” says Farid Awwad, a souvenir vendor who fled Iraq.
Awwad’s 12-year-old daughter was killed in an attack on a Chaldean church in Baghdad two years ago. “No one can take away our pain,” he says. “But at least we can live here, where we are treated like brothers.”
The number of Christians within the Syrian Baath Party organisation is disproportionately high, although most are non-practicing. Their presence in government service, including the military and intelligence agencies, is unprecedented in the Arab world. President Bashar Assad recently opened a conference of Arab law associations under the motto: “The fatherland is for everything, but religion is a matter for God” — words that would be alienating if not impossible in countries with a stronger Islamic influence. In Saudi Arabia, for example, which has no Christian minority of its own but employs tens of thousands of Christian guest workers from the Indian subcontinent and Africa, Christian church services are banned and punishable with severe penalties. Bibles and crucifixes are routinely confiscated. The Wahhabite religious police, the Muttawah, have even been known to raid private religious services.
Other Gulf states are more liberal, although religious freedom in the Western sense is virtually nonexistent in Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The Islamist opposition in Damascus, especially the banned Muslim Brotherhood, disparages the country’s unpopular Christians as “worshippers of a godless regime.”
There is only one other region of the Middle East where Christians enjoy freedoms comparable to those in Syria: the Kurdish Autonomous Zone in northern Iraq.
Several Christian parties recently introduced an unusual bill in the regional parliament in Arbil, the Kurdish capital. They proposed the establishment of a Christian autonomous zone in the eastern portion of the Iraqi province of Nineveh, the traditional homeland of Assyrian Christians and now partly controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. Under the bill, the Chaldean, Syrian and Assyrian Christian minorities would be granted official status under the constitution — first by the Kurdish regional parliament and then by the National Assembly in Baghdad.
The plan, which is everything but Christian folklore, has a good chance of succeeding. Units of the 750-member Hamdaniyah Brigade — a Christian militia that defends its churches with the same tactics Sunni and Shiite militias use in central Iraq to defend their mosques — are already patrolling the streets of Bartalla, a fast-growing Christian settlement 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Mosul, the violence-ridden provincial capital. Bearded men wielding Kalashnikovs stand guard at a barrier in front of the town’s Syrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary. Photography is strictly forbidden.
“What else can we do?” asks Ghanem Gorges, the 43-year-old mayor of Karamlis, a Chaldean village a few kilometres south of Bartalla. Armed men, presumably mujahedeen from nearby Mosul, forced their way into the village four times this fall. Two weeks ago they kidnapped and murdered Shakib Paulus, a 25-year-old crane operator, whose body was found on the street in Arbil a few days later.
Anyone wishing to attend services at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Arbil must first pass a guard carrying an automatic pistol. A huge new building, to be used as a dormitory for the Babel College students who fled Baghdad, was dedicated at Christmas on the cathedral grounds, which are surrounded by a tall fence.
At this year’s Christmas service, Pastor Sisar did not deliver his sermon in Aramaic, the old church language of northern Iraq’s Christians, as is customary in Arbil. This time the mass was held in Arabic, because, like the pastor, the 400 men and women attending the service are all from Baghdad.
Sisar ended his sermon with the words “Barakat Allah aleikum” — “May the blessing of the Lord be with you.”