“Free Syrian Army” Killing Christians, Burning Churches


“Free Syrian Army” Killing Christians, Burning Churches

A NUN who has been superior at a Syrian monastery for the past 18 years has warned that media coverage of ongoing violence in that country has been “partial and untrue”. It is “a fake”, Mother Agnes Mariam said, which “hides atrocities committed in the name of liberty and democracy”.

Superior of the Melkite Greek Catholic monastery of St James the Mutilated in Qara, in Syria’s diocese of Homs, which is in full communion with Rome, she left Ireland yesterday after a three-day visit during which she met representatives of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth.

She told The Irish Times she was in Ireland “not to advocate for the (Assad) regime but for the facts”. Most news reports from Syria were “forged, with only one side emphasised”, she said. This also applied to the UN, whose reports were “one-sided and not worthy of that organisation”.

UN observers in Syria had been “moderate with the rebels and covered for them in taking back positions after the withdrawal of heavy equipment, as seen so tragically in Homs”, she said.

When it was put to her this suggested the whole world was out of step except for Syria, Russia and China, she protested: “No, no, there are 20 countries, including some in Latin America” of the same view.

The reason the media was being denied easy access to Syria currently was because in the Libyan conflict journalists placed electronic devices for Nato in rooms used at press conferences in that country, she said. “So Syria didn’t want journalists,” she said.

Christians make up about 10 per cent of Syria’s population, dispersed throughout the country, she said. The Assad regime “does not favour Christians”, she said. “It is a secular regime based on equality for all, even though in the constitution it says the Koran is the source of legislation.”

But “Christians are less put aside [in Syria] than in other Islamic countries, for example Saudi Arabia,” she said. “The social fabric of Syria is very diverse, so Christians live in peace.”

The “Arab insurrection” under way in that country included “sectarian factions which promote fundamentalist Islam, which is not genuine Islam”, she said.

The majority of Muslims in Syria are moderate and open to other cultural and interfaith elements, she said. “Wahhabism (a fundamentalist branch of Islam) is not open,” she added.

Christians in Syria were “doubtful about the future if the project to topple the regime succeeded”. The alternative was “a religious sectarian state where all minorities would feel threatened and discriminated against”, she said.

There was “a need to end the violence”, she said. “The West and Gulf states must not give finance to armed insurrectionists who are sectarian terrorists, most of whom are from al-Qaeda, according to a report presented to the German parliament,” she said.

“We don’t want to be invaded, as in Aleppo, by mercenaries, some of whom think they are fighting Israel. They bring terror, destruction, fear and nobody protects the civilians,” she said. There were “very few Syrians among the rebels”, she said. “Mercenaries should go home,” she said.

What she and others sought in Syria was “reform, no violence, no foreign intervention.” She hoped for “a new, third way, a new social pact where the right to auto determination without outside interference” would be respected.

© 2012 irishtimes.com

10 responses to ““Free Syrian Army” Killing Christians, Burning Churches

  1. Why is Killer Cameron giving money to people who are murdering Christians and burning churches?

  2. Probably because the man’s an idiot, Sean.

  3. I suppose that is a complete answer.

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  5. I’m not sure that it is a complete answer. I suspect that, being part of the British Political EnemyClass, he meant to do just that. He meant to give money to the buggers, so that they wold do precisely what they have done.

    We here, of all people, really oght to stop making the usual public-internet-mistake of supposing that our enemies, any of them or all of them, are stupid and cretinous. When did anyone say that Lucifer was a cretin or a gamm-minus semi-moron? Never, to my knowledge. These buggers are his servants, so we ought to assume that he chooses them “wisely” on the basis of their fitness for doing his will.

    I used to get in trouble many years ago, for suggesting on Mess Nights that it was wrong of our officers to keep on sggesting that the mantra as follows…. “The Soviet Soldier is trained to do eleven things…if we can do twelve, or thriteen, we will beat him” was shortsighted and wrong.

  6. Point taken, David :)

  7. The Assad regime is vile (although not as vile as that of his father – there was a little economic reform under Baby Assad), however the armed opposition is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other such – they are not all that but…..

    The various factions have been meeting down on the Gulf for days – and they have appointed a non Muslim front man “leader”. A Communist.

    I took some time off a couple to explore the Castle of Nimrod which still dominates the road into Syria – nothing good will come down that road from Syria.

    There was a fairly conservative Syrian President once (a little before the coup that brought the Arab Socialist party to power 50 years ago) he died recently – but I can not remember his name.

  8. Whoever wins in Syria will hate us. Whoever wins in Syria will blame us.

    Whatever help we give will be resented.

    Best to stand well clear and accept that this is not our business and not to meddle.

  9. Agreed. The latest “leader” of the Syrian opposition is now a “moderate cleric” (well at least they got rid of the Communist). I doubt it will make any real difference – if the man really is a “moderate” he will be (if the opposition come to power) swept aside by people who are not.

    Let us hope that we are both mistaken.

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