‘Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria’ Ignored


imgThe worst Christian massacre—complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches—recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels”; and the U.S. government and its “mainstream media” mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters).

The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament.  Most of the region’s inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syria’s Christians could feel secure; 600 Christian families had earlier fled there for sanctuary from the jihad, only to be followed by it).

In late October, the U.S-supported “opposition” invaded and occupied Sadad for over a week, till ousted by the nation’s military.  Among other atrocities, 45 Christians—including women and children—were killed, several tortured to death; Sadat’s 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for “subhuman” Christians).

The jihadis even made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, “Allahu Akbar” (which John McCain equates to a Christian saying “thank God”).  Another video, made after Sadad was liberated shows more graphic atrocities.

Here are the words of Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama (another detailed account, with pictures, appears here):

What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half… 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing. For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women….  All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture…  What happened in Sadad is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010.

In the Iraqi attack of 2010, al-Qaeda linked jihadis stormed the church during service killing some 60 Christian worshippers (see here for graphic images of the aftermath).

While the archbishop is correct that this is the “largest massacre of Christians in Syria,” it is but the tip of the iceberg of the persecution the nation’s Christian minority has suffered—including beheadings, church bombings, kidnappings, rapes, and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of Christians—since the war broke out (see Syria entries in monthly persecution series).

A month before Sadad, another ancient Christian region, Ma‘loula, one of the world’s very few regions that still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus, was besieged by the jihadis, its churches bombarded and plundered, its inhabitants forced to convert to Islam or die.  The last words of one man who refused were: “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it.”

The archbishop concluded his statement concerning Sadad by asking: “We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers? I think of all those who are suffering today in mourning and discomfort: We ask everyone to pray for us.”

Serge Trifkovic—who hails from a European region especially acquainted with Islamic jihadresponds to the archbishop as follows:

That no “human consciousness” is to be found in the White House, or in the editorial offices of the leading Western media, is now a matter of well-established record. Just try searching for “Sadad” (or alternatively “Saddad”) on the websites of the Department of State or The New York Times. Ditto the leading European dailies, the CNN/BBC/RTF, the human-rights defending “NGOs” et al.

The problem, of which Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh appears unaware, is no longer in the Western elite’s mere indifference to the impending demise of Christianity in the lands of its birth, but in its active, ongoing, and open contribution to that demise. Cyprus (1974) and the Balkans (1991-9) provided the test, Iraq (2003-today) the conclusive proof. In Syria the Obama administration remains committed to supporting the rebels—ah, yes, only the “moderate” ones, like the Christian-murdering “Free Syrian Army” (discretion advised again), not “even though” the result will be the same, but precisely because it will be.

In one of the Arabic videos documenting the aftermath of the Sadad massacre, as the mutilated bodies of one family are drawn from a well (around :30 second mark), a middle-aged male relative, in tears, says:

The most precious in the whole universe [his family], are now gone, leaving me alone, but thank God I am still surrounded by these loving people who remain.  I want to say, let people [the jihadis] return to their minds.  The problems of the world can only be solved by knowledge and brains.  Enough insanity, the nerves of the people are shredded.  Enough, enough—return to your minds; you people, you humans—return to your humanity, enough crimes.

As a sign of the times, here is a Syrian, an “easterner,” evoking rationalism and humanity, products of Christian civilization, at a time when the post-Christian West is governed by anything and everything—propaganda, emotionalism, mindless indoctrination—but the twain.

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  • Dyer’s Eve

    Time to do something about this, people. My heart goes out to those poor, murdered, innocent, beautiful human beings. The rest of me is giving over to fury.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Time to do something about this, people. My heart goes out to those poor, murdered, innocent, beautiful human beings. The rest of me is giving over to fury.

  • Anti-IslamoFascism

    “… Enough, enough—return to your minds; you people, you humans—return to your humanity, enough crimes.”

    Those filthy jihadists will return to their mind when they leave the filth called Islam!!

  • Anti-IslamoFascism

    “… Enough, enough—return to your minds; you people, you humans—return to your humanity, enough crimes.”

    Those filthy jihadists will return to their mind when they leave the filth called Islam!!

  • Texas Patriot

    Keep up the great work, Raymond. Sooner or later people will begin to see the truth about what is happening again and again and again around he world. Unfortunately, at this point most people still don’t want to believe it.

  • Texas Patriot

    Keep up the great work, Raymond. At this point in time, you are a like a small but very powerful flashlight shining around in a very dark room. Sooner or later people will begin to see the truth about what is happening, again and again and again and again, around he world in the name of Islamic jihad. Unfortunately, most people still don’t want to believe it. They can’t. It’s too horrific. Remember how shocked the German people were to see the Nazi extermination camps? Eventually, the supporters of the so-called Islamic “freedom fighters” will have to face the truth about what is being done in their name.

  • Habbgun

    I have to be honest. I thought how so many Jews were apathetic to Israel was a scandal but I am every day more proud of my people. How Christians let this happen with the wealth and resources they have is beyond me.

  • Habbgun

    I have to be honest. I thought how so many Jews were apathetic to Israel was a scandal but I am every day more proud of my people. How Christians let this happen with the wealth and resources they have is beyond me.

    • itaintmojo

      I too cannot understand the silence coming from a majority Christian country like the US. It should be a pillar of US foreign policy to at the very least, strongly condemn persecution of Christians, with sanctions and other consequences to back that up.

      • HawgRider

        What do you expect when the President of the U.S. is a Muslim himself?

    • defcon 4

      Negative stories about islam0nazism are never broadcast or reported in the mainstream media in the USA

  • itaintmojo

    I too cannot understand the silence coming from a majority Christian country like the US. It should be a pillar of US foreign policy to at the very least, strongly condemn persecution of Christians, with sanctions and other consequences to back that up.

  • HawgRider

    What do you expect when the President of the U.S. is a Muslim himself?

  • defcon 4

    Negative stories about islam0nazism are never broadcast or reported in the mainstream media in the USA

  • Father Dacius

    This is too shameful to contemplate. God, will you not bring a reprieve to these, the first to join in your New Covenant.

  • Benny Chen

    Where is obama? Too busy defending muslim around the world?

  • William James Ward

    Shame on the Christian World, why are the Christians in these lands
    unarmed, why is no one protecting them from Islamist murderers.
    Clearly Obama’s hands are dripping with blood and his fingerprints
    are all over every crime scene where holocaust occurs, the President
    of destruction and malevolence, the wonderful son of the father of lies.
    Christians are not unified, not even by the blood of martyrs, is it not
    said that in the last days hearts will turn cold and in this case
    murderously cold…………..only the return of Christ will end the
    injustice and evil……………………William

  • LindaRivera

    Mr. Ibrahim, Thank you so very much for speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves! GOD HELP THE CHRISTIANS!

    I just posted part of your article on the jpost.com article:
    ‘Foreign Affairs: Obama’s retreat from empire’
    http://www.jpost.com/Features/Front-Lines/Foreign-Affairs-Obamas-retreat-from-empire-332636

    I also just now posted part of your article on yesterday’s article, telegraph.co.uk
    School children as young as 8 told they would be labelled ‘racist’ for missing school trip
    Parents have criticised a school after children as young as eight were told
    they would be punished for racism if they did not attend a religious
    workshop about Islam.
    Headteacher Lynn Small wrote to parents and said if kids did not attend a
    “racial discrimination note” would be made on the pupil’s records and would
    remain there for their school careers.
    On top of that, they were also ordered to pay £5 towards the cost of the trip.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10468353/School-children-as-young-as-8-told-they-would-be-labelled-racist-for-missing-school-trip.html

  • Softly Bob

    More of a Ba-athist I would say (half-Muslim / half-Marxist). Both Muslims and Marxists hate Christians anyway.

    • paendragon

      Exactly! Both the Left and Islam want to maintain their idolatrous pre-deterministic might-makes-right excuses for their crimes; they want the false victim-blaming right to continue to pretend to be victims, and the false right to remain irresponsibly in the wrong! The left pretends we are all helpless victims of “society,” and robotic products of our environment, while islam pretends we’re all slaves of “allah.”

      They both hate Judeo-Christianity, because it teaches personal self-reliant responsibility and Reason (see Isaiah) and to light a candle to help our selves, not slanderous victimology alibi excuses for doing nothing but whine and curse the darkness, which is their preference.

  • Shingekinokyojin

    This is indeed sad. This should be broadcast on the news for many days on every station.

  • baluga dufas

    obummer , even the clintons and the black leaders the preachers and panthers etc would love to escalate black violence on whites esp white Christians. if it means using murdering muslims to help this cause to kiill withes and jews they will do it

  • paendragon

    If this was Bosnia or Kosovo NATO would go help the muslims commit genocide!

  • defcon 4

    My prayers go out to these people — as it does to all the people being persecuted, murdered, raped and kidnapped by muslimes all over the world.

  • Arf

    The Western Christian churches and organizations didn’t just “let” this happen. They did everything to they could to bring it about. Oh and let me include the churches in Israel – the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches which never stopped condemning the only Middle Eastern country where Christians live freely and instead vowed their allegiance to Muslim extremists. Golda Meir once said, “Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.” To the Christians, let it be said, their survival will occur when they give up their traditional Jew hatred and have the courage to openly declare their support of the Jewish nation and the Jewish people’s right to live freely as the Christians want so much to do themselves.

    • Habbgun

      You are right but you can still pity the individuals who are paying the price. The last thing we need is more converts to Islam by the sword. That helps no one but the most murderous enemy.

      • defcon 4

        It’s looking like in the near to not too distant future, Israel will be the only place in the Mid-East and N. Africa where the najjis kaffir exist at all.