Ancient Christian Town in Syria under threat by forces supported by America, France and the UK. By Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

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If you want to judge the utter bankruptcy of America, France and the United Kingdom and their collective roles in Syria; then just look at what is happening in Maaloula. This ancient Christian town is now under threat by al-Qaeda affiliates and the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Of course, the switch that turned on this sectarian hatred belongs collectively to powerful Western and Gulf nations. The central bind linking powerful Western and Gulf nations is Turkey, whereby various al-Qaeda affiliates and the FSA continue to have a free reign to spread carnage, sectarianism, terrorism and utter barbarity against the people of Syria.
Nobody expects Saudi Arabia to care about Christian and minority Muslim groups like the Alawites. After all, apostates face being beheaded or imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and the Shia community is marginalized in this nation. Indeed, mainstream Sunni Islam in Syria is deemed to be blasphemous to Takfiri militants who desire a rigid mono-culture. Not surprisingly, Sunni Muslim clerics have also been murdered by the FSA and various al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups because they supported the unity of Syria and the rich mosaic of this nation.
In Maaloula and the surrounding area Christians and Muslims have lived together, prayed together and breathe the same air without any animosity. This reality highlights the richness of Syrian culture and the fact that secular Syria protects all religious groups irrespective of faith. Despite several years of enormous bloodshed based on outside nations spending tens of billions of dollars on “a false imposed revolution from outside,” various parts of Syria remain outside the reach of the FSA and other sectarian terrorist groups. Therefore, Maaloula and other areas escaped the ravages of sectarianism which follows in the path of the FSA and array of different al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups.
This meant that various Christian and Muslim sects remained firmly protected in this area by the Syrian armed forces which are dying on the frontline for all Syrians irrespective of faith or sect. Yet, just like the pain and suffering in other parts of Syria, then once the side being backed by America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, entered this ancient Christian town – then all faith groups began to flee from the utter barbarity of the FSA and al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups. Once more, this is further evidence that Gulf and Western powers are behind sectarianism, terrorism, the spread of Takfiri militancy, Salafi religious ideology and behind forces which adore destroying the civilization of Syria.
The irony is that the mainly Muslim armed forces of the Syrian army under Bashar al-Assad are dying for maintaining the mosaic of Syria. In other words, in Maaloula the armed forces of Syria are trying to protect this ancient Christian town and the surrounding area which is settled by Christians and Muslims alike. However, like the Washington Post reports “The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.”
Yes, the CIA is now directly sending military arms to the FSA which is openly fighting alongside various al-Qaeda affiliated groups. Therefore, the “land of the free” is partaking in the destruction of the Christian faith just like France and the United Kingdom. Of course, Gulf nations and Turkey are on the frontline in this outside war which is aimed at crushing secular Syria and creating another failed state – just like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. It appears that conservative monarchies and Israel are all being protected while every strong secular nation faces the wrath of Gulf and Western powers. For example, in Bahrain their uprising doesn’t count because it goes against the collective objectives of feudal monarchs and Western powers. Therefore, internal forces in Bahrain are allowed to be crushed in order to preserve the agenda.
The tragedy now befalling Maaloula is a much smaller mirror image of the brutal sectarianism which is pitting various Muslim sects against each other. Alawites, the Shia and Sunni Muslims all continue to suffer in Syria because vast numbers have been killed based on the sectarian, terrorist and seditious agenda of America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. These collective nations continue to support sectarian and terrorist forces alongside destroying the economy and then somehow they play the humanitarian card.
Of course, the humanitarian card is also a fraud because Syria took in over one million refugees from Iraq irrespective of religious affiliation. This reality highlights the fact that the Syrian government opened its arms to the people of Iraq – just like they did to Palestinians who fled Israel in the past after the creation of this nation state. Therefore, the refugee crisis today in Syria is based on the brutal policies of America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Prior to these nations meddling into the internal affairs of Syria then this nation was a country which provided a safe haven for vast numbers of refugees. Sadly, this all changed when greedy Gulf and Western powers dreamed of another Libya whereby they could collectively crush the government of Syria based on geopolitical (America, France and United Kingdom) and religious needs (Gulf states and Turkey).
If Maaloula survives intact during the current crisis then this will only happen providing the Syrian armed forces take full control of this area. Alternatively, if the FSA and al-Qaeda affiliated groups take power in Maaloula then expect a complete Christian exodus. Also, note that this Christian exodus will happen on the watch of major Western powers which are aligned with Gulf nations and Turkey. In other words, the current fate of Maaloula – just like the fate of the mosaic of Syria – relies heavily on the shoulders of the Syrian armed forces.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-begins-weapons-delivery-to-syrian-rebels/2013/09/11/9fcf2ed8-1b0c-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html
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