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Last week an Iraqi Muslim scholar issued a fatwa that, among other barbarities, asserts that “it is permissible to spill the blood of Iraqi Christians.” Inciting as the fatwa is, it is also redundant. While last October’s Baghdad church attack which killed some sixty Christians is widely known—actually receiving some MSM coverage—the fact is, Christian life in Iraq has been a living hell ever since U.S. forces ousted the late Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Among other atrocities, beheading and crucifying Christians are not irregular occurrences; messages saying “you Christian dogs, leave or die,” are typical. Islamists see the church as an “obscene nest of pagans” and threaten to “exterminate Iraqi Christians.” John Eibner, CEO of Christian Solidarity International, summarized the situation well in a recent letter to President Obama:

The threat of extermination is not empty. Since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, more than half the country’s Christian population has been forced by targeted violence to seek refuge abroad or to live away from their homes as internally displaced people. According to the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, over 700 Christians, including bishops and priests, have been killed and 61 churches have been bombed. Seven years after the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk reports: “He who is not a Muslim in Iraq is a second-class citizen. Often it is necessary to convert or emigrate, otherwise one risks being killed.” This anti-Christian violence is sustained by a widespread culture of Muslim supremacism that extends far beyond those who pull the triggers and detonate the bombs.

The grand irony, of course, is that Christian persecution has increased exponentially under U.S. occupation. As one top Vatican official put it, Christians, “paradoxically, were more protected under the dictatorship” of Saddam Hussein.

What does one make of this—that under Saddam, who was notorious for human rights abuses, Christians were better off than they are under a democratic government sponsored by humanitarian, some would say “Christian,” America?

Like a Baghdad caliph, Saddam appears to have made use of the better educated Christians, who posed no risk to his rule, such as his close confidant Tariq Aziz. Moreover, by keeping a tight lid on the Islamists of his nation—who hated him as a secular apostate no less than the Christians—the latter benefited indirectly.

Conversely, by empowering “the people,” the U.S. has unwittingly undone Iraq’s Christian minority. Naively projecting Western values on Muslims, U.S. leadership continues to think that “people-power” will naturally culminate into a liberal, egalitarian society—despite all the evidence otherwise. The fact is, in the Arab/Muslim world, “majority rule” traditionally means domination by the largest tribe or sect; increasingly, it means Islamist domination.

Either which way, the minorities—notably the indigenous Christians—are the first to suffer once the genie of “people-power” is uncorked. Indeed, evidence indicates that the U.S. backed “democratic” government of Iraq enables and incites the persecution of its Christians. (All of this raises the pivotal question: Do heavy-handed tyrants—Saddam, Mubarak, Qaddafi, et al—create brutal societies, or do naturally brutal societies create the need for heavy-handed tyrants to keep order?)

Another indicator that empowering Muslim masses equates Christian suffering is the fact that, though Iraqi Christians amount to a mere 5% of the population, they make up nearly 40% of the refugees fleeing Iraq. It is now the same in Egypt: “A growing number of Egypt’s 8-10 million Coptic Christians are looking for a way to get out as Islamists increasingly take advantage of the nationalist revolution that toppled long-standing dictator Hosni Mubarak in February.”

At least Egypt’s problems are homegrown, whereas the persecution of Iraq’s Christians is a direct byproduct of U.S. intervention. More ironic has been Obama’s approach: Justifying U.S. intervention in Libya largely inhumanitarian terms, the president recently declared that, while “it is true that America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs… that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what’s right.”

True, indeed. Yet, as Obama “acts on behalf of what’s right” by providing military protection to the al-Qaeda connected Libyan opposition, Iraq’s indigenous Christians continue to be exterminated—right under the U.S. military’s nose in Iraq. You see, in its ongoing bid to win the much coveted but forever elusive “Muslim-hearts-and-minds™”—which Obama has even tasked NASA with—U.S. leadership has opted to ignore the inhumane treatment of Islam’s “Christian dogs,” the mere mention of which tends to upset Muslims.


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It's the end of two-thousand years of East Syriac civilization that we're talking about here. The wiping out of Mesopotamia's aboriginal Aramaic speaking Assyro-Babylonian population that is going on in Iraq under the watchful eye of Uncle Sam. I've been on this story since 2003 and it is sickening.

And unreported in the western mainstream media. About to repeat itself in Syria too, I might add. Disgusting.

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It's been widely known for decades that the US "approved" of the dictatorial regimes throughout the middle east for the same reason they supported Saddam for all those years. The US has turned a blind eye to the brutality and oppression of several dictators and regimes in the region for years because it's been in their best interests to maintain order and stability, and to keep the oil flowing.

Even the House of Saud, who are perceived as moderate leaders and who've ruled Saudi Arabia for many decades, rule their country with an iron fist. But they are tight with the US so nobody says a thing.

The fact of the matter is that these dictatorships in the middle east have served a purpose, and we're seeing now what happens when some of these countries are "liberated".

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Here's an idea: Leave the sandy, windswept, inhospitable desert to the MUslims and go somewhere else if you are a christian. Stop trying to "save" everyone. Just about every war over the last 2000 years has been brought about by jesus freaks sticking their noses where they don't belong.

Now, if the muslims try to step one foot out of their desert, then fine, give them bibles and bomb the crap out of them, but until then, just leave em be to wallow in their misery.

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Here's an idea: Leave the sandy, windswept, inhospitable desert to the MUslims and go somewhere else if you are a christian. Stop trying to "save" everyone. Just about every war over the last 2000 years has been brought about by jesus freaks sticking their noses where they don't belong.

Now, if the muslims try to step one foot out of their desert, then fine, give them bibles and bomb the crap out of them, but until then, just leave em be to wallow in their misery.

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It's worth remembering here that these Christians are natives to the land. Indigenous. They have a two-thousand year history in Iraq. And the US is the farthest thing from a Christian power.

The US is an anti-Christian power. Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, US is about as Christian-friendly a power as Tamerlane.Russia is the last great Christian power that we will ever see I'm afraid.

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Here's an idea: Leave the sandy, windswept, inhospitable desert to the MUslims and go somewhere else if you are a christian. Stop trying to "save" everyone. Just about every war over the last 2000 years has been brought about by jesus freaks sticking their noses where they don't belong.

Now, if the muslims try to step one foot out of their desert, then fine, give them bibles and bomb the crap out of them, but until then, just leave em be to wallow in their misery.

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It's worth remembering here that these Christians are natives to the land. Indigenous. They have a two-thousand year history in Iraq. And the US is the farthest thing from a Christian power.

The US is an anti-Christian power. Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, US is about as Christian-friendly a power as Tamerlane.Russia is the last great Christian power that we will ever see I'm afraid.

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You need to get your facts straight. The US was not involved in any major way in Syria. The US only became involved in Kosovo to stop the blodiness. Christians were anything but victims in Kosovo. They were equally invovled in the killing. The US supported the army in Egypt, who are anti-Muslim Brotherhood.

Iraq....the US most certainly deserves to take a lot of the blame for what is going on, as they destabilized the country. However, they clearly did not anticipate or, in any way, support the attacks on Christians.

As far as Russia is concerned, they've killed their fair share of Christians. They've spent the better part of the last 100 years invading the surround Christian countries, with the most recent being Georgia. They've also invaded the surrounded muslim countries, but that just makes them equal opportunity tyrants.

The US has its faults, but promoting Russia as a peaceful force of good or protector of Christians (or anybody but ethnic Russians) is an absolute joke.

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Resurgent Russia: The Hope of Persecuted Christians

Scarcely a day goes by now where we do not read of yet another in a constellation of initiatives being undertaken by both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government on behalf of persecuted Christians and other victims in Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere in the world.

For instance, on July 31 it was announced that a charitable drive launched at the end of June by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia had raised US$1.3 Million to assist victims of the Syrian armed conflict. That these funds will be distributed through the auspices of both Orthodox Christian Patriarch John X of Antioch as well as Supreme Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun of Syria, shows the Moscow Patriarchate’s application of the Christian principle of caring for one’s neighbor, regardless of creed.

This may not seem like a lot of money, but it is underscored by another program run by the Moscow Patriarchate, a “boots on the ground” affair in which representatives of the Russian Church enter harm’s way to personally deliver to Syria shipments of much needed medical equipment:

“Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church have carried medical equipment at the amount of about three million rubles to Damascus,” said Hieromonk Efrem, acting representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia for the Patriarch of Antioch.

Yet the Russian Church is not limiting her involvement with world affairs to “mere” acts of grassroots charity.

In July, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, took the occasion of the recent celebrations in Moscow, Kiev and Belarus of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus into Orthodox Christianity as the ideal opportunity to nurture the conciliar ties among the Local Orthodox Churches, who together comprise the world’s second largest Christian communion, with an estimated 225-300 million members.

Putin, in his address to the assembled hierarchs, affirmed the significance of the moment:

At a time when people are again in a search for moral supports, millions of our fellow citizens see them in religion and trust the wise pastoral guidance of the Russian Orthodox Church. Her selfless service of education is extremely called for and her public authority and peace efforts are aimed at strengthening harmony and stability and restoration of historical relations between our peoples and with our compatriots abroad…

This strengthening of Orthodox Christian ties is central to Russia’s foreign policy as well:

Putin noted that in many regions of the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, inter-confessional tensions were growing and the rights of religious minorities including Christians were infringed upon. “I believe” he said, “this acute problem should become a subject of close attention of the international community. Our country will continue pursuing an active creative policy towards the soonest possible settlement of conflict situations. And here, of course, the active stand, participation and support of Local Orthodox Churches and their primates are very important for us.”

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokalamsk, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s DECR (Department for External Church Relations), at a meeting of Russian traditional religious leaders with (then Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin in February 2012, laid out the concerns of the Russian Church regarding her fellow Christians in the Muslim world:

I would like to speak about the situation of Christian minority in the Middle East and in some other countries… Christians are killed, Christian women are raped, Christian Churches are burned down, mass exodus of Christians from the lands, where they used to live in peace with Muslims and representatives of other religions, is taking place.

Metropolitan Hilarion expressed his wish that… systematic protection of Christians subjected to persecution in different countries will be one of the trends in Russian foreign policy.

At the conclusion of his speech Metropolitan Hilarion noted that “Strong Russia is the country which protects Christian minorities in these countries and insists on providing guaranties for the rights of Christians being observed in exchange for political support or economic aid.”

Vladimir Putin said in reply: “You can be sure of it. There is no doubt about that.”

Putin’s upcoming visit to Egypt should be a prime example of how this Russian foreign policy emphasis will work. According to a report at Debka.com:

For Putin, this will be his second trip to Cairo; his first took place in 2005 when Hosni Mubarak was president. He will play it to the hilt as a platform to show the world, and especially Arab Muslims, that he alone of the world’s five leading powers is openly committed to fighting radical Islam and ready to assist any Arab leader sharing this commitment.

This tough realpolitik approach is the only way to confront Islamic supremacists, and at the same time protect the world’s persecuted Christian communities. Indeed, Putin’s vigorous approach to foreign policy is like clear, fresh water, after being exposed for so long to the muck of the Obama administration’s incomprehensible support of toxic Islamic extremists and terrorists in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere.

The United States, unmoored from her Christian and moral foundations, and with her leadership enabling Islamic extremists and terrorists, herself founders in the raging waves of history, and has already abandoned the world’s Christians to perish in the tempest.

Whereas it is Russia, led by her revitalized Christian conscience — personified in the resurgent Russian Orthodox Church— which presents an image of assured strength, moral clarity, and unflinching resolve in the face of evil. Russia has founded her house on a rock, and, having been already tested by decades of persecution, knows how to endure the storms of history.


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Obama-backed Syrian jihadists massacre Christian village population

How great it is that the U.S. is going to be aiding these jihadists. Syria will be cleansed of Christians in no time, and peace will ensue.

"Syria Militants Massacre Christian Village Population (Graphic Images),

More details of a massacre in Homs late last month have emerged following the global outcry of a massacre in Deir el-Zour yesterday.

The massacre, carried out by Free Syrian Army militants reportedly targeted men, women and children in the Christian village of al-Duwayr/Douar close to the city of Homs and the border with Lebanon. The incident received little media attention, having occurred at the same time as thousands of Syrian troops converged on the insurgent-occupied town of al-Qusayr.

According to sources, around 350 heavily armed militants entered the village, broke into homes and assembled residents in the main square of the village where they were executed. The final death toll is not known but photos show severe damage to property in the village.

Syrian army sources said that they reached the village after the massacre, resulting in clashes with militants. Sources also reported that Turkish and Chechen extremists were among the perpetrators. Chechen militants are known to have kidnapped two Christian bishops in Aleppo earlier this year. The following images show al-Duwayr/Douar village after the massacre:

Conditions for ethnic and religious minorities have been made increasingly worse as Free Syrian Army affiliated organisations including Jabhat al-Nusra increase ethnic and sectarian cleansing across Syria. Kidnappings, executions and assassinations are common.

Late last month, around the time of the massacre in Homs, a fifteen year old girl was kidnapped by militants in Damascus, who demanded $100,000 for her release. Miryam Jbeil, a niece Damascus-based Catholic priest Nader Jbeil, was released after a number of days in captivity.

In the aftermath of the Syrian army assault on al-Qusayr, the church was discovered to have been desecrated by Free Syrian Army militants.... [more photos here]

“The true religion of our prophet Mohamed will be victorious over tyrants.”


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Russian Patriarch to Obama: Syria's Christians Nearing 'Extermination'

While many were fixated on Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent letter to the American people, another letter from another Russian leader — this one directly addressed to the U.S. president — was missed.

On September 10, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill issued a letter [1] addressed to "His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, President, United States." Whether one wishes to interpret the letter as a product of politics or sincerity, it accurately highlights the plight of Syria's Christians, especially in the context of a larger civilizational struggle.

I repost major portions of the letter below, interspersed with my observations for added context:

Your Excellency, Dear Mr. President,

The tragic events in Syria have raised anxiety and caused pain in the Russian Orthodox Church. We receive information about the situation there not from the news reports but from living evidence coming to us from religious figures, ordinary believers and our compatriots living in that country.

This is an important point: the "news reports" evaluated by the Russian church are from "living evidence coming to us from religious figures, ordinary believers and our compatriots living in that country." The fact is, outside of America's biased "mainstream media," the evidence concerning what is going on in Syria — namely, that Islamic militants are committing human rights atrocities, including possibly the chemical attacks in question -- is overwhelming. Countless eyewitness testimonies, videos, pictures -- all those things that rarely make it to the U.S. MSM — make this abundantly clear.

Ask the average Syrian about the current turmoil engulfing their land — and I have, as have numerous Russian Orthodox representatives affiliated with Syria's ancient Christian community, as noted by the patriarch — and few have any illusions as to its nature: an authoritarian, but secular, Assad vs. radical Islamists and jihadis.

Naturally most Syrians choose Assad.

Only in America, and to a lesser extent Europe, is the myth of "freedom fighters" trying to "liberate" Syria still being peddled.

Patriarch Kirill:

Syria today has become an arena of the armed conflict. Engaged in it are foreign mercenaries and militants linked with international terrorist centres. The war has become an everyday golgotha for millions of civilians.

To be sure, one of the most obvious indicators that this is no "civil war" in the name of "liberty" is the fact that the majority, up to 95% [2], of those fighting Assad are not even Syrian, but rather al-Qaeda linked jihadis -- from Chechnya to the Philippines -- trying to form an Islamic emirate in Syria as they did in the 1980s-90s in Afghanistan. Back then, foreign jihadis like Saudi Osama bin Laden and Egyptian Ayman Zawahiri -- again, also supported by the U.S. -- traveled to Afghanistan, "liberated" it from the U.S.S.R, and then gave us 9/11 as "thanks" in return a decade later [3].

Here, for example, is a video of foreign militants in a conquered Syrian town singing praises in honor of Osama bin Laden: "They called me a terrorist and I said 'that will be my honor,' this is a divine call. … We defeated America … the Trade

became a bunch of rubble. … Greetings from the Taliban and its leader mullah Omar. … Victory is ours, winning is ours, and Allah with all his strength is with us, the infidel masses have come together to defeat us but they will not defeat us."

Patriarch Kirill:

We were deeply alarmed to learn about the plans of the US army to strike the territory of Syria. Undoubtedly, it will bring ever greater sufferings to the Syrian people, first of all, to the civilian population. An external military intervention may result in the radical forces coming to power in Syria who will not be able and will not wish to ensure inter-confessional accord in the Syrian society.

Indeed, U.S. military intervention would undoubtedly lead to even more human rights abuses, first and foremost at the hands of al-Qaeda jihadis -- who in fact are on record vowing to slaughter Christians after the U.S. intervenes and overthrows Assad [4]; Obama just waived a U.S. law [5] prohibiting the banning of terrorist organizations simply to arm and ultimately help them realize their ambitions.

Patriarch Kirill:

Our special concern is for the fate of the Christian population of Syria, which in that case will come under the threat of total extermination or banishment. It has already happened in the regions of the country seized by militants. An attempt made by the armed groups of the Syrian opposition to seize the town of Ma'loula whose residents are predominantly Christians has become a new confirmation of our concerns. The militants keep shelling the town in which ancient Christian monasteries are located -- the sites of special veneration by the faithful all over the world.

Again, all absolutely true -- especially "the threat of total extermination or banishment," which has been the case wherever and whenever U.S.-backed Islamists come to power:

Afghanistan: Under U.S. auspices, the supposedly "moderate" Karzai government still upholds the apostasy law -- persecuting those who seek to convert to Christianity, making them just as intolerant as the Taliban -- and, under U.S. auspices, destroyed the nation's last Christian church [6].

Iraq: After the U.S. "liberated" the nation from Saddam Hussein, the "chemical-weapon-using-tyrant" -- sound familiar? -- Christians are still being terrorized into extinction [7], more than half leaving their homeland.

Libya: Since U.S-backed terrorists came to power -- giving American the Benghazi consulate attack on the anniversary of 9/11 -- the tiny Christian community there has been persecuted [8], including bombed churches [9] and threatened nuns [10]--things unprecedented under the "tyrant" Gaddafi.

Egypt: After coming to power, the Obama administration's Muslim Brotherhood allies enforced draconian blasphemy codes against Christians [11] and are currently destroying countless churches and in some regions forcing Christians to pay jizya [12].

Syria: Atrocities against Christians by the U.S.-backed jihadis know no bounds -- such as the recent gang rape and slaughter [13] of a 15-year-old Christian girl by the U.S.-supported "freedom fighters." And now in Ma'loula, Christians are being forced to choose between converting to Islam or dying [14] and other atrocities.

Patriarch Kirill:

The Christian hierarchs of Aleppo, Metropolitans Paul and John Ibrahim, have been held captive by militants since April 22. Nothing is known about their fate despite of the fact that a number of religious figures appealed to the leaders of their states to help to release them.

Indeed, here is yet another example of the nature of the people the U.S. government is supporting. Paul and John Ibrahim were traveling in Syria doing "humanitarian work [15]" when their driver was killed and they were kidnapped. Maybe John McCain can be useful and phone his al-Qaeda kidnapping allies [16] and ask them to release them? At any rate, there is no end to the amount of Christians, like Fr. Murad [17], who have been kidnapped and/or slaughtered by the "freedom fighters."

Patriarch Kirill:

I am deeply convinced that the countries which belong to the Christian civilization bear a special responsibility for the fate of Christians in the Middle East.

Here the good patriarch speaks a language that may have once resonated with Americans and Europeans — that is, the people from "the countries which belong to the Christian civilization" — but which is increasingly meaningless to those who insist that their "humanitarian concerns" extend to anyone but those unfashionable Christians, and to some American Protestants who are unaware that Christians actually exist outside of the U.S.

As do all eastern churches, however, the Russia Orthodox Church has centuries long experience with Islamic oppression and violence — beginning with the "Tatar yoke" and continuing to the present — and hence, not only sympathizes with the plight of Near East Christians, many of whom are Orthodox, but, as Vladimir Putin himself recently put it in a conference partially dealing with the plight of Christians under Islam [18], "Russia has tremendous experience in reaching and maintaining inter-confessional peace and accord, and is ready to share it."

Patriarch Kirill:

The Russian Orthodox Church knows the price of human sufferings and losses since in the 20th century our people survived two devastating world wars which claimed millions of lives and ruined many people's lives. We also regard as our own pain the pain and losses the American people suffered in the terrible terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001.

Alas, some people remember the lessons of history, to their benefit; others forget, to their regret.

By Raymond Ibrahim


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Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ Syria

While U.S. leaders continue pushing for war against the Syrian government, today “Al-Qaeda-linked rebels,” reports AP, “launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday… In the attack on the village of Maaloula, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel and nearby caves and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from a convent in the village. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.”

Arabic news agency Al Hadath gives more information concerning this latest terror attack on Syria’s Christians, specifically how the al-Qaeda linked rebels “terrorized the Christians, threatening to be avenged on them after the triumph of the revolution.”

Thus al-Qaeda terrorists eagerly await U.S. assistance against the Syrian government, so they can subjugate if not slaughter Syria’s Christians, secularists, and non-Muslims — even as the Obama administration tries to justify war on Syria by absurdly evoking the “human rights” of Syrians on the one hand, and lying about al-Qaeda’s presence in Syria on the other.


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