90% of Christians Driven Out of Homs, Syria

Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker
Assyrian International News Agency

President Obama condemned the Syrian government for trying to protect Alawites, Christians, the role of women in society, and all Syrians who oppose Sunni Islamic radicalism. President Obama commented that “I strongly condemn the Syrian government’s unspeakable assault against the people of Homs.” However, is President Obama going to condemn the ethnic cleansing of 90% of the Christian community from Homs by forces he eulogizes and whom he deems to be innocent?

If President Obama doesn’t condemn the ethnic cleansing of Christians in Homs then his silence, and the silence of others who also desire to “hide the civilization struggle,” shames all senior politicians and implies that they support the destruction of the Christian presence in this city. Therefore, will Obama condemn the radical Sunni Islamic assault against unarmed Christians?

If you turn the clock back to Iraq then 60% of the Christian community fled this country after the American led invasion. The “bleeding of the Christian presence” in Iraq is a clear reminder that the embattled Christians of the Middle East have been abandoned by the West. Therefore, they have been left to the sword of radical Sunni Islam. This in turn leads to greater militancy and hatred — and the next move is then against moderate Sunni Muslims who want to co-exist because their voices are crushed by indoctrination and fear.

It is ironic, because President Obama and Hillary Clinton will talk about the forces of good but it was the government of Syria which allowed 100,000 Christians to flee to this multi-religious society, which is based on secularism. Christians fleeing Iraq either stayed in Syria or the breathing space enabled them to move to other nations. However, it is clear that the government of Bashar al-Assad provided them with protection from the forces of radical Islam.

Agenzia Fides, Vatican News Agency, comments that “in Homs there is “an ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians”, carried out by members of the “Brigade Faruq”, close to Al Qaeda…Militant armed Islamists — says the note — have managed to expel 90% of Christians in Homs and confiscated their homes by force.”

“According to Orthodox Metropolitan sources, the militants went door to door in the neighborhoods of Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan, forcing Christians to flee, without giving them the chance to take their belongings. The “Faruq Brigade” is run by armed elements of Al-Qaeda and various Wahhabi groups and includes mercenaries from Libya and Iraq.”

“The Vicar Apostolic of Aleppo, Mgr. Giuseppe Nazzaro told Fides: “We have no sources to confirm this information directly, but we can say that these relationships are beginning to break down the wall of silence built up to now by the press worldwide. In this situation Islamist and terrorist movements are making headway.”

Turning back to comments by President Obama, then he stated that “Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately.” This comment, like the other about Homs, just shows you how out of touch the American government is under President Obama. After all, Sunni Islamists are spreading their terrorism — therefore, does the leader of America believe that forces loyal to Al Qaeda should take power?

Maybe President Obama, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Hillary Clinton, and a host of others, support the ethnic cleansing of Christians? Their silence will be the answer to this question but clearly they won’t use inflammatory language either way because this is happening by opposition forces which support terrorism and religious hatred.

William Hague commented that “Syria should not belong to one family, to one coterie, or to one party. It belongs to all the people of Syria equally, in all their religious and ethnic diversity.” However, it is the forces of the opposition which is cleansing the Christian community and which is bent on implementing a monoculture on the Syrian people. Therefore, will he condemn the opposition which he supports for persecuting minorities, shackling women, blowing up innocents indiscriminately during ongoing terrorist attacks — and other brutal deeds being done by Sunni Islamic terrorists?

In Damascus under the firm control of the Syrian government you have Sunni Muslims, Alawites, Syrian Orthodox Christians, Catholics, secularists, and the entire mosaic of Syria. In Homs where opposition terrorists are spreading their hatred you have the ethnic cleansing of minorities and radical Sunni Islamization will then shackle women just like what happened in Afghanistan.

In an article published in the Los Angeles Time it is stated that “Syria’s Christian community has generally been regarded as supportive of the secular government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which, despite its systematic repression of political dissent, has been tolerant of religious minorities.”

President Obama commented that “I strongly condemn the Syrian government’s unspeakable assault against the people of Homs.” Therefore, is Obama going to condemn the opposition for the ethnic cleansing of Christians in Homs?

If not, why not?