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.
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.
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?
Christian George W. Bush's foolish invasion of Iraq led to large scale persecution, killing, and flight of Iraqi Christians. Bush's push for Middle Eastern democracy now threatens the Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Weeks before anti-Mubarak demonstrators in Cairo began their occupation of Tahrir Square, Copt protesters in Alexandria were choking on tear gas as they faced down government police.
But now, many say they're rethinking their opposition to Mubarak's government, fearing its collapse might spur an anti-Christian backlash if the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist groups gain a foothold.
"He's the best of the worst," said Sameh Joseph, a church worker at the Patriarch of the Orthodox Christians Church in Alexandria. "Whoever comes after him might want to destroy us."
The West should let all the Christians leave the Middle East and with proper financial incentives Christians and Muslims could swap places.