September 9, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – There would be numerous complications stemming from any missile strike by the Obama administration against the nation of Syria, all of them bad. But there is one issue on which the media has gone willfully blind; the fate of Syria’s Christian community should Assad be forced from power by the jihadists which this administration apparently wishes to serve as its Hessians.
In a recent interview, Raymond Ibrahim1 dealt with the Holocaust which Syria’s Christians will most certainly face if Assad falls. Below we have selected a few key sections of the interview, the complete text can be accessed at Has Syria Got A Prayer? Attacks On Christian Churches Near Damascus.
"…KJL: Are Syrian Christians better off if the U.S. does not strike against Assad?
IBRAHIM: Absolutely. That is not because Assad is a great guy, but because the alternatives — the same alternatives we saw in Libya and Egypt, that is, the Islamists and jihadis — are hostile to "infidel" Christians, a fact with ample doctrinal, historical, and current-affair proof…"
Two specific examples of this Muslim on Christian violence are mentioned in the piece:
"…On his website, Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again, posts a video of what appear to be Islamic extremists attacking Christian churches in Syria — St. Elias Church and St. Grace Church in the Christian village of Maaloula near Damascus – where villagers still speak Aramaic, the language Christ spoke…"
"…(whatever else Assad is, he is certainly not a persecutor of his nation’s indigenous Christians).."
Turkey however is engaged in that very program. In a dispute with the Turkish government about the ownership of the land under "...the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world, the fifth-century Mor Gabriel Monastery."…That country’s authorities are trying to seize the property, an action that was litigated against by the monastery.
"…The highest appeals court in Ankara ruled that the land that had been part of the monastery for 1,600 years is not its property, absurdly claiming that the monastery was built over the ruins of a mosque - even though Muhammad was born 170 years after the monastery was built…"
"…KJL: How can the U.S. help? Specifically the Christians and minorities under fire?
IBRAHIM: It is sad to say, but the days when Mideast Christians called for U.S. help are gone. Today, all that Copts, Christian Syrians, and others want from the U.S. is for it to not get involved — since apparently every time it does get involved it’s to help those who persecute Christians, Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and now al-Qaeda in Syria. Watching Mideast media, it’s clear that millions of Egyptians and Syrians — both Christians and moderate Muslims and others — want nothing more from the U.S. than for it to stop supporting terrorists, under the guise of "freedom" and "democracy…"
1. Middle East historian, Arabic language translator, author ot two books, The Al-Qaeda Reader and Crucified Again and formerly the associate director of Daniel Pipes’ highly regarded Middle East Forum He is currently working with the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
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