He should probably try the golf courses. It’s usually the most reliable place to find him. Finding Obama’s conscience however is a hopeless task.
The battle over Maaloula, an ancient village that is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria, has thrown a spotlight on the deep-seated fears that many of Syria’s religious minorities harbor about the growing role of Islamic extremists on the rebel side in the civil war against President Bashar Assad’s regime.
Residents of Maaloula reached by telephone described fierce battles in the streets that forced them and other locals to flee as opposition fighters flooded the village.
One resident said the rebels — many of them wearing beards and shouting, “Allah is great!” — attacked Christian homes and churches shortly after seizing the village.
“They shot and killed people. I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village,” the resident said by telephone. “So many people fled the village for safety.”
Now, he said, Maaloula “is a ghost town.”
“Where is President Obama to see what befallen on us?” asked the man, who fled the village on Sunday. He declined to give his name out of fear for his safety.
Obama is plotting to help those same rebels take power and complete the ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria.
A third resident reached by phone said he saw militants forcing some Christian residents to convert to Islam. “I saw the militants grabbing five villagers Wednesday and threatening them: ‘Either you convert to Islam or you will be beheaded,’” he said.
Welcome to Obama’s New Syria.