US-backed jihad and the stamping out of Syria’s Christians
ria’s Christians are finding it’s easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive their erstwhile friend, Uncle Sam.
Virginia state senator Richard Black traveled to Syria last week on a three-day trip last week to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and highlight a series of American policy missteps that are helping to annihilate Christianity in Syria.
A damaged painting of Christ lies on the ground in the Syrian Orthodox Um al-Zinar church in Homs.
Sen. Black isn’t the only one concerned over the threatened elimination of Christians in the Middle East via an ongoing US policy of overthrowing foreign governments and replacing them with al-Qaeda-laced jihadists who oppose democracy and human rights. Other US officials such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), share Black’s alarm.
Such stumbles are giving rise to perceptions that the US is secretly supporting ISIS and al-Qaeda. In April, the Military Times reported that one in three Iraqis think the US is supporting ISIS, while theWashington Post reported that 90% of Iraqis regard the US as an enemy.
What happened to western values?
As the former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman noted, “our policy has consisted of funneling weapons to Syrian and foreign opponents of the Assad government, some of whom rival our worst enemies in their fanaticism and savagery.”
Adding fuel to the fire are the still classified 28 pages of the 9/11 report regarding Saudi Arabia’s alleged role in the attack on the Twin Towers. Mideast Christians have also come to regard the US and its allies as serving a Saudi agenda to export extremist Arab Gulf Wahhabism to the Mediterranean, while extinguishing religious minorities.
In a September 2015 Catholic Herald article, Ed West observed “there is something especially sinister about the way our governments have followed a Wahhabi-led scheme to overthrow a secular dictatorship, a revolution that would almost certainly endanger Christians in the land of St. Paul”— in reference to the biblical Apostle Paul who spread Christianity from the cradle of Syria out to the western world in the first century.