Saturday, April 30, 2011

Their Beatitudes on Syria

"The movements and revolts that are shaking Syria worry the Churches and Christians," says Melkite Patriarch Grégoire III (Loutfi) Laham, pictured below, noting that "every revolt in the Middle East was followed by a large wave of Christian emigration to Europe, America or Australia" — Syria: Melkite Patriarch on fears of a future of chaos and fundamentalism.

"Some Muslim scholars also are concerned about a possible depletion of Christians in Syria," said His Beatitude, "and are demanding their presence be defended and safeguarded." Asked to "explain the West’s exaltation of the Syrian protests," His Beatitude responded, "There are political problems and pressures to shake up the balance of power in the Middle East: the alliance with Iran [and Syria-ed], Israel’s concern... In all things that happen in the Middle East, there is always a link with the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, war, emigration."

That "link with the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, war, emigration" is where Their Malatitudes, "[t]hree of the Senate’s most enthusiastic hawks, Sens. John McCain (R – AZ), Joe Lieberman (I – CT), and Lindsay Graham (R – SC)," come in, "hav[ing] issued a joint statement on Thursday demanding that President Obama publicly order Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign immediately" — Senate Hawks Push for Obama Move Against Syria. The article notes that Israel-firster "Sen. Lieberman... has been calling for a war in Syria since late last month, saying Libya set a precedent for such an attack." Taking into account the "life-style" choices of the other two, it's not surprising they are unconcerned about Christians, except domestic ones at election time.

Srđa Trifković concurred with the Patriarch: "The prospect of a fundamentalist victory strikes horror into the hearts of Alawites, Druze, Christians, and secularists of all hues, who provide the bulk of government cadres and a third of Syria’s population" — Syria: Nowhere Near Regime Change. He notes that the "present connection with Iran is neither natural nor inevitable," as Bashar al-Assad "is a secularist with Alawite roots."

Lest we think the Christians there are none of our concern, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem, pictured above, extols: "Christians who come from the West must not simply help our Church; [t]hey should consider themselves a part of this Church, which is their Mother Church" — Outcome of "Arab Spring" Uncertain, Says Patriarch.

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