By Bill Wedin
What a joyous Christmas season for all these Syrian Christians! With young, white-bearded Santas, just back from battling Muslim terrorists, blowing their shiny trumpets and banging their brightly-colored drums, while Christ’s beloved, brown-eyed children are so filled with His Infinite Love that their faces show no fear. How like those first Christian children in ancient Syria they must be–with Muslim terrorists crucifying Christian children all around them, even as Roman troops once did. It is only Christ’s Love that keeps the terror from these children’s hearts as they share the warmth of this Christmas celebration. What a Miracle of Faith! Just think. That these Christian kids and grownups are actually the direct descendants of those first Syrian Christians whom Saint Peter and Saint Paul once came to teach–sharing “The Glad Tidings” of Christ’s Wondrous Birth and Redeeming Resurrection! And that Golden Chain of Faith has remained unbroken down through the ages to this very day.
Who–but Satan Incarnate–would ever seek to break it?
Not because he’s a secret Muslim. But rather, as Jesus warns us in Matthew: “Ye can not serve God and Mammon.” And Obama has long since chosen Mammon. As have all the War Hawks in Washington along with him. From Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on what passes for the “Left” these days to Ted Cruz and Bill O-Reilly–that domestic “Defender of Christmas”–on the Right. That’s the mind-boggling truth. Though these pundits and politicians would like to convince us that they are Christian to the core, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” And their fruits are nightmares of hatred. Nightmares of hatred that pit Sunnis against Shiites, Muslims against Christians, in endless wars and terrorist acts that reduce militarily strong, stable, secular, Arab-nationalist states that Syria, Libya, and Iraq once were into the weak, unstable, sectarian, crony-capitalist “statelits” that Iraq and Libya are now and that Syria is fast becoming–knowing that statelets are easy to plunder. In Syria’s case, it’s resources are: oil; ports on the Mediterranean Sea: and pipeline routes to Europe.
Getting Rid of The Christians
The one big obstacle to stealing Syria’s resources are these Syrian Christians whom American Christians would demand that Obama defend if they knew about them. Syrian Christians who’ve dwelt in these sacred lands since Biblical times. Theses Syrian Christians feel towards Syria the way Israeli Jews feel towards Israel. Syria is their ancient homeland. And they’re not about to move, at least not because of Assad. For Assad is a strong believer in secular Arab nationalism: which holds that all religious minorities must be protected by the state if they are come to see themselves as “Syrians” first. For only as a united people can they resist colonial rule.
That’s the part that the American mainstream media never tells us. All we hear is how Assad has been a brutal tyrant towards all who oppose his rule even nonviolently. And he has been. What we haven’t been told is that Syrian Christians still exist in Syria today–and still remain loyal to Assad. For the simple reason that Christians lived in safety for decades under Assad–until the CIA launched death squads against them in the guise of Muslim terrorists in 2011. By then, the number of Syrian Christians had grown, according to the CIA’s own estimates, to nearly 2 million Church-going Christians in Syria. And for the sake of national unity under Arab nationalism, Assad was equally diligent in promoting peace between Sunnis and Shiites. Witness the fact that while Assad himself is a Shiite, Assad’s wife is a Sunni. Nor was their marriage such a rarity. Before the CIA began the Civil War, such interfaith marriages were extremely common. As common as they were in Iraq before the US smashed that country to bits and sewed hatred everywhere.
After all, what need is there for the “world’s policeman” if the Prince of Peace reigns everywhere? Obama and our agnostic American media understand that truism all too well. That’s why the American people have heard not a word of Russia’s return to its ancient Christian roots since the fall of Communism. Talk about “Glad Tidings” in this Season of Peace! What a Heaven-sent answer to our prayers! Yes, your prayers and mine! Is that not a testament to the Power of Prayer?
Yet Obama Administration says nothing about this Redemption of the Russian Soul. And the servile “liberal” Western media follow suit. Though Obama and his sycophants clearly understand just how Christian a leader Putin really is, they would have the American people believe that Putin is really a closet Commie–“Out to recreate the glories of the Soviet Empire.” (These are Obama’s own words.) When Obama knows full well that no one has been more adament in his denunciation of the Soviet Union than Putin himself.
As for which of these leaders is truly committed to protecting the Syrian people, suffice it to say: “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Just look at this past month. It is Putin who has destroyed terrorist oil tankers by the thousands in a single month! NOT Obama. In a flagrantly impeachable act, Obama actually ordered our pilots to ignore these terrorist convoys trucking stolen Syrian oil to traitorous Turkey–some of which were 4 lanes wide and 10 miles long! What were our patriotic pilots to do? If they pretended to see nothing, they’d be aiding the enemy in time of war. Whereas if they reported these enemy movements, they’d be disobeying a direct command from their Commander-in-chief. What a terrible bind to put our pilots in!
Obama doesn’t care about them. Obama doesn’t care about the American people. Obama doesn’t care the Syrian people. Obama only cares about one thing. And that’s helping his corporate cronies get their hands on all that oil. What right do the Syrian people have to Syria’s oil–just because it’s under their sand? And if Assad sides with them, then off with his head! Literally! Let Isis and Al Qaeda chop away! No time for elections. Polls show Assad would win in a free and fair election, anyway. Among Syrian Christians especially. We have only to gaze at that joyous Christmas celebrations in Damascus to understand why. Under Assad there is peace. Under Assad there is safety. For Sunnis and Shiites, Jews and Christians alike. That’s what it means to live in a secular state–even if that secular state is a dictatorship. Whereas in a sectarian Islamist state of the sort that “moderate” and “extremist” terrorists have been imposing on conquered Syrian villages and towns since the Civil War began, Christians who do not convert face hanging, burning, beheading, and/or crucifixion.
This hidden Christian genocide is in Syria all the time. Only the American people never hear about of these atrocities. Indeed the “liberal” media keep most of us from knowing that a Christian community in Syria even exists! The massacre of Syrian Christian in the village of Kessab is a case in point The atrocity began at dawn on March 21, 2014 with a heavy barrage of Turkish artillery fire from batteries across the border; followed by rocket and machine gun fire from Turkish gunships flying low over the village. Despite supposedly being sworn enemies of each other, hordes of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Free Syrian Army militiamen then stormed across the border from their safe havens in Turkey. Though most villagers escaped, at least 88 Christians were killed; the women raped. One Christian boy was slaughtered in the very doorway of his home; then left to rot for 3 days while his parents were made to watch. Later, 30 Christian villagers were abducted by Turkish authorities and flown to Tripoli, where they were interviewed by Obama’s then Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone. Once the Ambassador determined that none of these Syrian Christians had family in America to whom they might “leak” their stories, he left without offering to help them get home, which they finally accomplished on foot after weeks of walking. As always, the Western mainstream media said nothing of this tragedy. Even efforts by Presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump, have not succeeded in breaking through the mainstream media wall of silence on the terrible atrocities being committed against the Syrian Christian community.
But “[The] truth will out!” as Shakespeare says.
And so it is with Obama’s collusion with Turkey to make use of ISIS to help topple Assad, while pretending to fight the very terrorists they created. Though the War Party may control what our corrupt corporate media let the American people know, they do not have a lock on what the world media informs the world about– starting with RT and its explosive coverage of the Russian Defence Ministry’s world-press briefing on Turkey’s collusion with ISS in transporting millions of barrels of stolen Syrian oil by tanker trucks to Turkey in exchange for weapons and fighters for ISIS in Syria–complete with mind-blowing satellite photos of literally thousands of tanker trucks driving, bumper-to-bumper, driving towards the Turkish-Syrian border and back. That briefing was on December 2. Then on December 14, Russia-Insider broke the story of US pilots being ordered to ignore these vast convoys of ISIS trucks going to and from the Turkish border. So what’s Obama up to? Is he and Turkish President Erdogan actually in cahoots to secretly strengthen ISIS with weapons and hired fighters till it can topple Assad? Even if it means the death of every Syrian Christian? And what will happen to the suicide rates of those patriotic young pilots who were ordered by Obama to aid the enemy in time of war?
Fortunately, the Prince of Peace does win sometimes. And this Christmas seems one of those times. It’s hard to believe. But here on December 16–even as I was about to write a gloomy ending to this Christmas article that began with joyful Syrian Christians–I read that after meeting with Lavrov and Putin, John Kerry has just announced that US has changed its position and now agrees with Russia that the Syrian people should be allowed to choose their own leader in a free and fair election that includes Assad as a candidate! Wow! The US will allow the Syrian people to pick their own leader? Even a leader who stands up to us? And says “No” to us? Without fear of regime change? And Russia can eliminate all the terrorists too? So that the Syrian people can live in peace and safety once again? And even be lifted out of poverty by their own revenues? Those are Glad Tidings indeed.
Merry Christmas to the Syrian people. May it all come true!
What a falling off was there! Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5. line 54