Ignoring the Biggest Massacre of Syrian Christians so far


Christian Children Murdered in Syria

Our rationalism and our humanity — products of Christian civilisation — are discarded as we ignore the horror of the brutal persecution of Christians in Syria and beyond

Article by Raymond Ibrahim

The worst massacre of Christians in Syria so far — complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches — recently took place at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels”; and the U.S. government and its “mainstream media” mouthpieces are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters

The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament.

Most of the region’s inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syria’s Christians could feel secure; 600 Christian families had earlier fled there for sanctuary from the jihad, only to be followed by it).

In late October, the U.S-supported “opposition” invaded and occupied Sadad for over a week, until ousted by the nation’s military.  Among other atrocities, 45 Christians — including women and children — were killed, several tortured to death; Sadat’s 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for “subhuman” Christians).

The jihadis even made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, “Allahu Akbar” (which John McCain equates to a Christian saying “thank God”). Another video, made after Sadad was liberated, shows more graphic atrocities.

Here are the words of Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama (another detailed account, with pictures, appears here):

“What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half… 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.

“For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women….  All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture…  What happened in Sadad is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010.”

In the Iraqi attack of 2010, al-Qaeda linked jihadis stormed the church during a service killing some 60 Christian worshippers (see here for graphic images of the aftermath).

While the archbishop is correct that this is the “largest massacre of Christians in Syria,” it is but the tip of the iceberg of the persecution the nation’s Christian minority has suffered — including beheadings, church bombings, kidnappings, rapes, and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of Christians — since the war broke out (see Syria entries in monthly persecution series).

A month before Sadad, another ancient Christian region, Ma‘loula, one of the world’s very few regions that still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus, was besieged by the jihadis, its churches bombarded and plundered, its inhabitants forced to convert to Islam or die.

The last  words of one man who refused were: “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it.”

The archbishop concluded his statement concerning Sadad by asking: “We have shouted for aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers? I think of all those who are suffering today in mourning and discomfort: We ask everyone to pray for us.”

Serge Trifkovic — who hails from a European region especially acquainted with Islamic jihad — responds to the archbishop as follows:

“That no “human consciousness” is to be found in the White House, or in the editorial offices of the leading Western media, is now a matter of well-established record. Just try searching for “Sadad” (or alternatively “Saddad”) on the websites of the Department of State or The New York Times. Ditto the leading European dailies, the CNN/BBC/RTF, the human-rights defending “NGOs” et al.

“The problem, of which Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh appears unaware, is no longer in the Western elite’s mere indifference to the impending demise of Christianity in the lands of its birth, but in its active, ongoing, and open contribution to that demise.

“Cyprus (1974) and the Balkans (1991-9) provided the test, Iraq (2003-today) the conclusive proof. In Syria the Obama administration remains committed to supporting the rebels — ah, yes, only the “moderate” ones, like the Christian-murdering “Free Syrian Army” (discretion advised again), not “even though” the result will be the same, but precisely because it will be.”

In one of the Arabic videos documenting the aftermath of the Sadad massacre, as the mutilated bodies of one family are drawn from a well (around the 30 second mark), a middle-aged male relative, in tears, says:

“The most precious in the whole universe [his family], are now gone, leaving me alone, but thank God I am still surrounded by these loving people who remain. I want to say, let people [the jihadis] return to their minds. The problems of the world can only be solved by knowledge and brains. Enough insanity, the nerves of the people are shredded. Enough, enough — return to your minds; you people, you humans — return to your humanity, enough crimes.”

As a sign of the times, here is a Syrian, an “easterner,” evoking rationalism and humanity — products of Christian civilization — at a time when the post-Christian West is governed by anything and everything — propaganda, emotionalism, mindless indoctrination — but the same.

Source:  http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4384/ignoring_the_biggest_massacre_of_syrian_christians_so_far

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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3 Responses to Ignoring the Biggest Massacre of Syrian Christians so far

  1. Lord have mercy! Blessed in the eyes of God are the death of His saints. Martyrdom is still a present-day reality.

  2. tpkatsa says:

    I noticed you take exceptional pains to point out that the “Jihadi rebels” are “U.S.-supported,” repeating this no less than three times. I’d like to know how you conclude that the people of the United States support the “Jihadi rebels.”

    Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say, “the Obama administration” and perhaps point out what you believe to be misguided and wrong policies by this administration?

    • The American people are the ones who elected Obama to office. Twice.

      Like it or not, the U.S. Constitution allows Obama to strike Syria unilaterally, without Congressional approval. As the following article points out, the laws of our nation make Obama’s actions “legal”, however wicked they may be:

      If the American people, as a whole, have hearts of love for Syrian Christians, then where is the outcry? Where is the widespread outrage at this nation’s actions which *consistently* bring about the deaths of countless Orthodox Christians? In this country, there is a far bigger outcry when some “Duck Dynasty” guy has the guts to speak in opposition to sodomites.

      It is not necessary for the American people to vote in favor of killing Syrian Christians. All they have to do is ignore the situation, fail to care, and fail to do anything about it. Indifference is just a mild form of hatred. And towards Orthodox Christians overseas, I believe the majority of Americans are indifferent.

      At the very least, Thomas, I would encourage you to speak out about the atrocities. On your blog, raise awareness of the fact that THIS COUNTRY, the U.S.A., is complicit in the murder of Christians overseas. The Islamic jihadist rebels are the ones OUR tax dollars are supporting. As a nation, we need to repent!

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