The ongoing tragedy of the Syrian Christians
As Syria implodes and is overrun with Jihadis hell bent on imposing the full and complete harshness of the Shariah onto the Syrian people, we must not forget the fact that a growing genocide against the Christian population of Syria is taking place.
We must not be distracted by concerns about the future regional fallout over the destruction of Syria, into doing and saying nothing about the oppressed and endangered Christians of Syria. Of course the general security situation in the Mid East is something that anybody should be concerned about, the last thing the Middle East and all it’s people needs is another bunch of screaming Islamic nutjobs taking yet another country back to the 7th century. We must not while concentrating on the big picture, turn our eyes away from the plight of the ancient Syrian Christian culture. They are in a most terrible position, subject to random murder and forced conversions. Syria is a terrible place to be a Christian these days and it looks like the nigh on two milennia of Christian presence in Syria may soon be extinguished and the Christians themselves murdered en masse by Jihadis.
The Roman Catholic publication, Independent Catholic News, reports that the bodies of 30 Christians have been discovered in the city of Sadad.
“The bodies of 30 Christian civilians, including women and children, killed by Islamist militias, have been found in two separate mass graves, in the city of Sadad. The number of Christian civilians confirmed dead in this small town halfway between Homs and Damascus has reached 45. Many are injured and several are missing.
The city of Sadad, a Christian settlement, was invaded and occupied by Islamist militias on 21 October. It was recaptured in recent days by the Syrian regular army. When the representatives of the Patriarchate and families of the victims returned to their town they found to their horror two mass graves, where they found the bodies of their relatives and friends. In an atmosphere of grief, outrage and emotion, the funerals of the 30 Christians were celebrated by Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama.
According to eyewitnesses, many of the civilians were killed by militia gangs of ‘Al- Nusra Front’ and ‘Daash’. The city has been completely destroyed and looted. Some of the militants who invaded the city were holed up in the Syriac Orthodox Church of St Theodore, which was profaned. Sadad is an ancient Syriac village which dates back to 2000 BC located in the region of Qalamoon, north of Damascus. It had 14 churches, a monastery, temples, historic landmarks and archaeological sites.
Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh said: “What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two and a half years… 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing.”
The Jihadists have brought a wave of destruction to the Christians of places like Sadad. A gyre of Islamic hatred for the Christians and the burning torches of vandals has descended on them. The jihadis burn houses, books and people in their quest for the ‘perfect’ Mohammed-Approved Islamic state. These Syrian Rebels, do not look anything like liberators from the oppression of President Assad, they look and act so much like other bands of Jihadist thugs that afflict so many parts of this world.
It is absolutely appalling and a matter of great concern that the Syrian Christians have been calling out for help, and naming their plight for what is now years, but nobody is harkening to them.
If anybody should be assisted in Syria, and who are supremely deserving of help with aid and shelter, and possibly even re-homing in a safer environment, then it should be the Syrian Christians. The spectre of Islamo-fascism has come to town for them and they should not be abandoned to genocide.
Original story from Independent Catholic News