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We just cannot leave well enough alone!  Here’s a scary and sobering article that shows exactly what happens when we meddle in the Middle East:  Followers of Jesus Christ face persecution and death:

The Christian community in Syria has been hit by a series of kidnappings and brutal murders; 100 Christians have now been killed since the anti-government unrest began.  *  *  *  Two Christian men, one aged 28, the other a 37-year-old father with a pregnant wife, were kidnapped by the rebels in separate incidents and later found dead;  the first was found hanged with numerous injuries, the second was cut into pieces and thrown in a river. Four more have been abducted, and their captors are threatening to kill them too.

Here’s a summary of what has occurred in Iraq and what could happen in Syria, too:

These latest reports are reminiscent of the anti-Christian attacks that have become commonplace in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion, and heighten concerns about the future for Christians in Syria as the anti-government protests there continue.

Here from CBSNews:

As the announcement was made Saturday evening that Russia and China had vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the actions of the Syrian regime, some Christians inside the country celebrated.  *  *  *  But in Christian homes around the country the prevailing sentiment is one of relief rather than delight — they link the survival of the Assad regime to their own.  *  *  *  As a fellow minority, Christians have long supported the Alawite regime in order to ensure protection and rights for themselves. The Alawite are a Shiite sect of Islam.   *  *  *  “Look what has happened in Iraq and now in Egypt,” said the woman. “Assad in power means that won’t happen here.”

BarnabasAid reports again this:

A Western-backed military campaign in alliance with the Syrian rebels against the Assad regime is looking increasingly likely, and this could be devastating for the Church in Syria. Christians in Syria have enjoyed a considerable measure of freedom and protection under President Assad; if he falls, there could be a repeat of the tragic near-extermination of the Church in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. The once sizeable Christian minority there has been reduced to no more than a few hundred thousand today.

That article was cited by, a ministry of International Christian Concern.  CBN, the network of the 700 Club, states unconfirmed reports that believers have been kidnapped and murdered – but Voice of the Martyrs, a group I trust says no:

Here’s some more of the email we received:

“These Islamic gangs also kidnapped Chirstians (sic) demanding high ransoms. In two cases, after the ransoms were paid, the men’s bodies were found. Christians are being forced to flee the city to the safety of government controlled areas. Muslim rebel fighters and their families are taking over their homes. We need prayers and we need them urgently. Please pass on this urgent plea to other churches and believers for their prayers.”

A Voice of the Martyrs contact in Homs said the email is not accurate. Another contact from Homs said he hadn’t heard about this.

Daniel Larison (Eunomia at the American Conservative) says that evangelicals will suffer if Assad falls:

Of course, the people who will probably end up suffering the most from this defeat will be Alawite and Christian civilians, who have never done us any harm.

In Iraq, the Christian Church, under some protection under Saddam Hussein, is decimated since the 2003 invasion. Take PBS and USA Today’s word for it!


It’s a challenging time for Iraq’s Christians. Since the 2003 American invasion, the Christian community has been threatened and persecuted. Everyone is a target, including Father Mazen Ishou Mitoka. His church in the city of Mosul has been bombed three times. He himself was kidnapped and held for nine days. But the real horror took place last February when his parents responded to a knock at their Mosul home.  *  *  *  At the time of Saddam’s overthrow, there were estimated to be up to one million Christians in Iraq. Today their numbers have diminished by more than a third as Christians have fled a wave of violence, unleashed by the US invasion. *  *  *  Siham and Linda Basheer are widows. Their husbands, a father and son, were killed in 2008. The men were shot within two weeks of each other in Mosul by unidentified gunmen. The widows blame the violence on growing Muslim extremism and intolerance, which they say didn’t exist before the US invasion.  *  *  *  Every Assyrian Christian single man or woman wants to leave the country, if they get this chance, yes in general. If now, for example, if the United States administration declares that we are ready to give visas, U.S. visas to go to the United States for Christians in Iraq, I think at least 80 percent of what we have left of our population will leave the country to the United States.

USA Today:

Before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 there were about 1.4 million Christians in Iraq, a Muslim-dominated nation of nearly 30 million. Since then, about 50% of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, taking refuge in neighboring Jordan, Syria, Europe and the USA, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

I don’t even have to discuss Afghanistan at all!

There is always blowback and unintended consequences when we intervene.  We can certainly protest Syria’s brutal reaction to protests and rebellion if we choose.  But if we think we can just control events and ensure the right side wins, we are being arrogant.  Innocent people die.  They’re not my children, some might say.  But they are somebody’s children.  Someone who will hate the USA for years to come.

If I were Ron Paul, I would bring this out in the February 22 debate in Arizona and challenge the super-interventionist Rick Santorum for an answer.  Remember his yes nod when he was confronted by Paul in August:  “I’m sure you supported that [Iraq] war as well?”  The war in Iraq was not necessary, the war in Libya was not necessary, the war in Afghanistan continued long after the Taliban was overthrown, and war in Syria is not necessary.  Fellow believers, just say no.  Vote Ron Paul when you can and in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it’s March 6 for you!  He’s FIRST on the ballot here in Virginia!  (For those of you who read this and wnat to know more about eternal life in Jesus Christ, go HERE!)

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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