2012 May 28 Monday
United States Supplying Arms To Syrian Rebels

If the US succeeds in overthrowing the minority Alawite regime in Syria where does the US government expect the Alawites, Christians, and minorities to go? In the Middle East the majority-elected dictatorships that replace the minority dictatorships are always far worse in their treatment of minorities The US favors the Sunni majority in Syria against Alawites, Christians, Shiites, and other minorities. Why?

Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. and foreign officials.

What's in it for the United States to help create oppressive elected governments of the Sunni Muslim majorities in countries currently run by minorities? The minority rulers grant more rights to other minorities than an elected majority would do. So we should not look upon elected majority governments as automatically a good thing.

What did the US invasion of Iraq enable? Freedom? Nope. Ethnic cleansing.

TORONTO — Christians in Egypt and Iraq are an endangered minority and are emigrating in droves, says Canadian journalist and broadcaster Martin Himel.

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Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, half of its Christians have fled. Some have gone to Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, others have settled in neighbouring lands, while still others have left the Mideast.

The US invasion of Iraq Saddam Hussein treated Christians better than the Shiites do.

“In 2003, there were thought to be 800,000 to 1.4 million Chaldean Catholics, Assyrian Orthodox, Assyrian Church of the East members, Syriac Orthodox, Armenians (Catholic and Orthodox), Protestants, and Evangelicals in Iraq. Today, community leaders estimate the number of Christians to be around 500,000,” the report reads.

Dictators in the Middle East shield minorities.

The situation threatens to worsen as the Arab Spring removes dictators who, paradoxically, shielded Christian communities. The parties that are gaining power in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries tend to be offshoots of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.

Even under Mubarak Christians could not build churches in Egypt. But under democratic Islamic rule Christians are going to become 3rd class citizens.

One of the long standing grievances for Copts are the state-imposed restrictions on the right to build and maintain churches, regulations that Muslims don't face when building mosques. National security police have the right to reject any application or suspend approvals for years without being held to account, says Sidhoum. A new church also requires a presidential decree, while repairs need a governor's approval. What's more, Sidhoum says Copts are woefully underrepresented in the military, judiciary, diplomatic corps, academia and almost all electoral bodies.

I had low expectations for Egypt's revolution because the Egyptians are very illiberal and are strongly opposed to religious and personal freedom. What's not clear: How illiberal are the Syrians? How much more oppressive will the future democratically elected Syrian government be toward Christians, Alawites, and other religious minorities? How many rights will women lose?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 May 28 08:24 AM  MidEast Religious Persecutions


Comments
Wolf-Dog said at May 29, 2012 2:47 AM:


Al Qaeda and Islamist extremist groups will come to power after Assad is overthrown in Syria.

Libya will ultimately be taken over by Al Qaeda style governments. We will regret getting rid of Qaddafi.

Check it Out said at May 29, 2012 3:51 PM:

The west, and particularly the USA, have engineered, financed, armed, trained and encouraged civil war in the Middle East and Africa. In truth, the so-called "Arab Spring" was an Arab spring cleaning. That is to say, time for the Empire to "clean out" those nations that won't cooperate with their disgusting full spectrum world domination plan.

They have deliberately and with malice of forethought formented these civil wars and "rebellions" that are destroying the tranquil, peaceful lives of men, women and children. They pretend to have an interest in the peace and safety of the people, when the opposite is true. They have no interest in seeing the violence come to an end.

All the blood that flows in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is the direct responsibility of the United States.

The terrorists in Syria have Israeli weapons. How does she justify that?

Exactly who is supplying weapons to terrorists, both in Syria and Libya? The United States and its sycophant "allies." Who is telling the so-called "opposition" not to negotiate under any circumstances? The United States. Who is providing the Goebbels propaganda machine of lies and disinformation? The United States and its sycophant allies.

The position of Russia and China was clearly correct, moral and just. The vetoes by Russia and China now make it possible for the people of Syria to resolve their own issues.

The lesson of Libya was not lost on Russia and China, but was unfortunately on 13 other collaborator countries who voted, in essence, to approve of American domination and aggression.

kreplur said at May 30, 2012 4:47 AM:

Another reason to strongly fight Islam in the West. Let's see how they like it.

Check it Out said at May 30, 2012 6:21 PM:

"Another reason to strongly fight Islam in the West. Let's see how they like it."

Sounds like we are still in the Crusades. Hey, but we are! George Bush and loved to use that word. Perhaps he still does.
It's so very amazing.

Leno said at June 4, 2012 4:21 PM:

If America is really supporting terrorists to do that kind of crap, I'm really going to get pissed!

I say, if America is really supporting terrorists to do that kind of crap, I'm really going to get pissed!

I'll fucken say it one more time: IF AMERICA IS REALLY SUPPORTING TERRORISTS TO DO THAT KIND OF CRAP, I'M REALLY GOING TO GET PISSED!!!


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