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Almost all the Christian population of Homs, Syria have been made to leave their homes. In an atmosphere that was already nightmarish, the Christian minority is in ever-increasing danger. Orthodox Christians have expressed fears that this will only continue.

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The Syrian Orthodox Church is worried about “an ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians” in the embattled city of Homs, reports Agenzia Fides, the official Vatican news agency.

Anti-government militants have expelled 90% of Christians in Homs and confiscated their residences by force, said Fides, citing a note sent to the agency by the Syrian Orthodox Church.

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"Arab spring"...pshaw!
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Lord have mercy and give courage to our brothers and peace to those suffering war.

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Lord have mercy and give courage to our brothers and peace to those suffering war.

Amen.

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The al-Asad regime is in many ways as dangerous as the Hussein regime of Iraq once was.  It's the same type of personality cult as Husseini Iraq, both countries were members of the Ba'ath party.  Yet the al-Asad family belongs to a tiny Alawi minority where Hussein was reportedly Sunni.  At any rate, Hafiz' son, Bashar (the current president of Syria) has no intentions of letting go of control and he will go after anyone or group who he deems dangerous to his authority.

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It's not the government that is cleansing the country of its Christian population.  It's the anti-government rebels who are doing that.  Asad has been very tolerant of religious minorities, and Orthodox Christians have lived in peace under his regime.  Yes, he may be a dictator, but it's not like the rebels intend to set up a Jeffersonian democracy either.  And whereas Asad allowed Orthodox Christians to live in peace there, the rebels are trying to get rid of them.

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It's not the government that is cleansing the country of its Christian population.  It's the anti-government rebels who are doing that.  Asad has been very tolerant of religious minorities, and Orthodox Christians have lived in peace under his regime.  Yes, he may be a dictator, but it's not like the rebels intend to set up a Jeffersonian democracy either.  And whereas Asad allowed Orthodox Christians to live in peace there, the rebels are trying to get rid of them.

 You're correct, Salpy.  Thanks for pointing this out.  I apologize for making the story seem one sided while ignoring all the nuances.  Yet I will say that Asad, as the leader of Syria, does bear responsibility for protecting his subjects.  I don't see a lot of effort on his part for bearing this out.  But, I could be wrong.
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It's not the government that is cleansing the country of its Christian population.  It's the anti-government rebels who are doing that.  Asad has been very tolerant of religious minorities, and Orthodox Christians have lived in peace under his regime.  Yes, he may be a dictator, but it's not like the rebels intend to set up a Jeffersonian democracy either.  And whereas Asad allowed Orthodox Christians to live in peace there, the rebels are trying to get rid of them.


Sounds similar to what is happening in Egypt right now post Mubarak.

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It's not the government that is cleansing the country of its Christian population.  It's the anti-government rebels who are doing that.  Asad has been very tolerant of religious minorities, and Orthodox Christians have lived in peace under his regime.  Yes, he may be a dictator, but it's not like the rebels intend to set up a Jeffersonian democracy either.  And whereas Asad allowed Orthodox Christians to live in peace there, the rebels are trying to get rid of them.

 You're correct, Salpy.  Thanks for pointing this out.  I apologize for making the story seem one sided while ignoring all the nuances.  Yet I will say that Asad, as the leader of Syria, does bear responsibility for protecting his subjects.  I don't see a lot of effort on his part for bearing this out.  But, I could be wrong.


It's doubtful that Assad would have bombed Homs if the rebels were not  trying to ethnically cleanse the Alawites and Christians.    The majority of Sunnis in Homs are Turkomans, and more than likely they want to unite with Turkey.  If we're supporting the rebels, it's  because  that's what the Sunni  Arab nations  want.  Should Assad lose control, it would not bode well for either the Alawites or Christians...but then again, when did our State Department ever concern itself about Christians?