Govt. uses Syrian martyrdom as excuse for war while funding the very groups who are killing Christians
Top Catholic Patriarch on record saying that Western Nations "bear responsibility for what is happening in Syria"
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
July 14, 2013


This is a real confusing mess to try and follow, but I will try to make it simple. The same neocons who brought us the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan are advocating war in Syria, yet the U.S. itself is responsible for a lot of the death and chaos in the region. Here's how it works. The warmongers like to spread propaganda and get the people behind their wars. They are trying to convince Christians to support yet another war in Syria, based partly on the fact that Christians are being killed there. Yet the U.S. government is contributing to chaos and unrest in the region, admittedly funding the very "rebels" and groups who are kiling Christians. They then try to rally the American people into a new war because Christians are being killed. Let's start out with the story of a Catholic priest who was tragically killed in Syria by radical Islamists on June 23. The media ran with the story of a spectacular 'BEHEADING,' which harkened back to the beheading of Daniel Pearl.

The initial report claimed that Father Francois Murad was beheaded, but that report was quickly retracted. However, since it's the internet, the rumor remains and spreads. Even the Ron Paul Institute, for example, a non-interventionist libertarian think tank, is currently running a headline titled Father Francois Murad Beheaded By US-Allies in Syria. which states in part,

"Father Francois Murad was a Franciscan priest who had been in hiding since the monastery he was building in Syria came under attack from the US-allied rebels... Accused of collaborating with the Syrian government, Father Murad was beheaded with what appears a small kitchen knife, as his attackers yelled "Allah Akbar." ... The idea that once these individuals finally overthrow the Assad regime in Syria they are going to adopt Western values and a democratic approach to governance is so blatantly absurd that no further comment is necessary.

The Ron Paul Institute links to an article which screams "WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO - Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest" and states, in part,

"Jihadists are terrorizing Syrians and persecuting Christians. Syrian terrorists have beheaded a Catholic priest who they accused of collaborating with the Assad regime. Those accusations have not yet been verified. Father Francois was summarily executed and the Vatican has confirmed the martyrdom... This should make it clear to Christians around the world what jihadists are about. Make no mistake. Catholics and Christians around the globe are under dire threat, particularly from the spread of militant Islam. Until the threat is recognized and taken seriously, martyrdoms like this will continue. We have a link to video provided via LiveLeak. We must warn you, the video is extremely graphic. We believe the first victim is Father Francois, and the second victim that is depicted is another person said to be a collaborator with the Assad regime."

Catholic.org later posted a correction, "Vatican: Francois Murad shot, not beheaded."

Liveleak however, still has the video up with the false headline, which reads Syrian rebels beheads bishop Francois Murad. But if a video gets a lot of views, it apparently doesn't matter if the identity of the person allegedly being beheaded is correctly attributed at liveleak.

The Vatican meanwhile issued a story on the matter: ASIA/SYRIA: A Catholic priest killed. Bishop Hindo: he offered his martyrdom for peace.

The point of this is not to argue that Christians aren't being killed in Syria. Indeed they are, en masse. But the reality is that the U.S. government is arming and funding the very 'rebels' who are killing Catholics and other Christians in Syria. On top of that, as LibertyFight.com reported back on May 15, 2013, the Highest Ranking Catholic Patriarch in Syria has condemned the lies and hypocrisy of the U.S. in Syria. Primate and Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church Ignatius Joseph III Younan said on May 10th that "It's not a question of promoting democracy or pluralism as the West wants us to understand of its policies. This is a lie, this is hypocrisy." He also said that Western nations "bear responsibility for what is happening in Syria" and that "Christians in the Middle East have been not only abandoned, but we have been lied to and betrayed by Western nations, like the United States and the European Union."

Also see the following on how the U.S. government funds and trains the rebels who are slaughtering Christians in Syria:

Nina Shea, Director of The Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, testified to Congress last week at a hearing on Syria's religious minorities chaired by Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.). Shea told Congress that "unfortunately, our policy officials often miss or misunderstand the perilous circumstances of Christians and other religious minorities as they make foreign policy." In her testimony, Shea also discusses many cases of executions, mutilations, kidnappings, and terrorism against Catholic and Orthodox clergy as well as other Christians in Syria.

Shea also wrote an excellent article titled The Shadow War Against Syria's Christians, summarized by the following: "Syria's Christians are deliberately targeted in a religious purification campaign - one that the United States government finds convenient to overlook as it supports Syria's rebels and praises Saudi Arabia as one of our 'closest partners.'"

Hopefully the American people will not fall for the propagandists tricks and more wars but will heed George Washington's advice to "steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world." Below are some excerpts of Nina Shea's testimony to Congress.


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http://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA16/20130625/101036/HHRG-113-FA16-Wstate-SheaN-20130625.pdf

JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
TESTIMONY OF NINA SHEA, DIRECTOR
HUDSON INSTITUTE'S CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
June 25, 2013
Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle

unfortunately, our policy officials often miss or misunderstand the perilous circumstances of Christians and other religious minorities as they make foreign policy.

"Afghanistan, that country’s last remaining church, in Kabul" in 2010 and continues "Other examples occurred in Iraq in 2005–08, under the noses of the US occupying power and over 100,000 American troops. During those years, Christians, Mandaeans, and Yezidis experienced horrific persecution that ultimately led to a nationwide “religious cleansing” campaign against non-Muslims. American foreign policy officials appeared to believe that it would be “special pleading” to do anything to help when 20,000 Christians were being violently driven from Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood by Islamist death squads in 2006. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told me that the administration could not protect them from being murdered and kidnapped because it did not want American policy to be seen as “sectarian.” But the U.S. was already deeply vested in sectarian considerations, though not for Christians. At the same time, the U.S. was engaged in a military surge against Islamic Sunni extremists.

These attacks on religious freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq took place under two different administrations, one Democratic and one Republican. They happened without a significant policy response from the United States.

First, it is critical for the US to officially take notice that, while every group in Syria is suffering, the Christian minorities are currently particularly persecuted; as well as being caught in the middle of a terrible war, they are also the objects of a concerted religious cleansing campaign. The State Department’s Religious Freedom Report on Syria, issued last month, notes blandly that: “Reports of harassment of Christians, mostly in the context of ongoing political unrest, increased during the year.” Also that: “Some Christians reported societal tolerance for Christians was dwindling and this was a major factor for the surge of emigration of Syrian Christians.” Few actual cases were cited by the State Department and there’s not the slightest hint in this gross understatement that the threat they face is an existential one....

...Recommendations
The Center for Religious Freedom concludes that Syrian Christians are both trapped in a vise between the two sides of a brutal conflict, and specifically targeted in an ethnoreligious cleansing campaign. The US administration is failing to address, or even notice, the particular situation of Syria’s Christians.

....Fourth, as the administration distributes support, weapons and other aid, lethal and nonlethal, to the members of the Free Syrian Army, it must ensure that none goes, directly or indirectly, to those responsible for religious persecution and cleansing against any group. In addition, the US should ensure that policing assistance needed for the defense of Christian neighborhoods and villages is provided.

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