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Melkite priest reports on devastation of churches in Syria June 5, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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The media likes to portray the ongoing civil war in Syria as being one between heroic pro-democracy freedom fighters and a terrible, authoritiarian repressive regime.  In reality, there are no good guys, the regime is repressive in some regards but generally stays out of religious matters, whereas the insurgents by and large want to install an even more repressive islamic state and are horrifically persecuting Christians in areas where they gain control.  A Melkite priest from Syria reports on the devastation:

“The reality on the ground is far from the picture that imposes disinformation in Western media,” said Msgr. Philippe Tournyol Clos. “Opposition forces have occupied two areas, Diwan Al Bustan and Hamidieh, where there are all the churches and bishoprics.

“The picture for us is utter desolation: the church of Mar Elian is half destroyed and that of Our Lady of Peace is still occupied by the rebels,” he continued. “Christian homes are severely damaged due to the fighting and completely emptied of their inhabitants, who fled without taking anything. The area of Hamidieh is still shelter to armed groups independent of each other, heavily armed and bankrolled by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. All Christians (138,000) have fled to Damascus and Lebanon, while others took refuge in the surrounding countryside. A priest was killed and another was wounded by three bullets. Still a couple live there, but the five bishops have had to take refuge in Damascus and Lebanon.”

The rebels, he added, are particularly cruel to the Alawites, a Muslim sect whose members include the Assad family.

As we shall soon see in Egypt, when given the choice, what most muslim countries seem to want is repressive, hardcore islamist states.  That is what Saudi Arabia is, so it is no surprise they are bankrolling this effort, nor is it surprising that Turkey – which is becoming increasingly islamic – has also provided aid to the rebels.  As for the tribal factionalism – go figure, it’s been an endemic part of Arab life for 15 centuries or more.  Watch Lawrence of Arabia to see where that leads. 

This is not the story of “good guys” versus “bad.”  In fact, from the Christian perspective, Assad is relatively good in that he does not repress the Christian community in Syria – about the most ancient in the world.   Most Christians there support Assad, and all the Christians say they fear a rebel takeover because they know it will be another Iraq – constant persecution, attacks, murder and suffering.

I should pray and offer a Mass for the sustaining and protection of this suffering group of Christians.

Oh….and the “Mar Elian” above that is destroyed………look at what is being lost:

And to think that our president is encouraging the rebels and doing much to drive Assad from power.

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