The Brave Syrian People (TM) brand isn’t what it used to be. Even Obama is starting to tiptoe away from them and a lot of the people who were shouting last month that we needed to hurry up and help the Sunni Muslims kill the Shiite Muslims are toning it down a little.
Homs, heartland of the Brave Syrian People (Sunni Jihadists) has just seen the death of its last Christian.
The last Christian who was in the centre of Homs was killed, after the civilian population was evacuated due to widespread fighting.
According to the Vatican’s Fides news agency, 84-year-old Elias Mansour, a Greek-Orthodox Christian did not want to leave his home on Wadi Sayeh street – even though he knew his life was in danger – because he had to take care of his handicapped son, Adnane.
Mansour reportedly said that nothing would induce him to leave his home, adding that, if he met the rebels, “He would remind them about the Ten Commandments and the Holy Scriptures.”
That worked about as well as expected with Muslims. And Obama would like us to go to war to support the murderers of Mansour and the ethnic cleansers of the Christians of Syria… just as he did in Libya.
Of the more than 80,000 Christians who lived in Homs prior to the uprising, approximately 400 remain today.
The crime was “covered up” by supporters of intervention.
At the United Nations, Assad’s opponents could not afford to highlight Christian persecution in Homs, as they risked catering to a Russian-led campaign to preserve the dictator’s rule by de-legitimizing the Syrian rebels for their atrocities.
Ethnic cleansing, paid for by Saudi Arabia and Hamas-support Qatar, is on the agenda here for the Brave Syrian People.
A churchgoing Syrian told me that he used to see himself primarily as “Syrian” and that religious identity, in political terms, was an idea that never occurred to him — until an opposition gang attacked his family earlier this year in Homs. “It’s a label they pinned on us,” he said. “If their revolution is for everyone, as they keep insisting it is, why are Christians being targeted? It is because what they are waging is not a struggle for freedom, and it’s certainly not for everyone.”
As Saudi Arabian arms and money bolster the opposition, the 80,000 Christians who’ve been “cleansed” from their homes in Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan in Homs Province in March by the Free Syrian Army have gradually given up the prospect of ever returning home.
Here’s how it happened for the Christians of Homs.
The Haddad family had no doubts about why they had to escape from Homs. “We left because they were trying to kill us,” said 18-year-old Noura Haddad. She is now staying with relations in the town of Zahle in the Bekaa Valley. “They wanted to kill us because we were Christians. They were calling us Kaffirs, even little children saying these things. Those who were our neighbours turned against us.
“At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house. I’ve kept in touch with the few Christian friends left back home, but I cannot speak to my Muslim friends any more. I feel very sorry about that.”
The Archbishop and others like him feel there is a lack of understanding in Europe about what Christians in the area are going through. Speaking at his diocese, he continued: “I have raised this with officials in the West, they must bring peace. The jihadis will not stop here, the war will spread to Europe. What will England be like in ten or 15 years?”
A lot like Homs. Obviously.