Trump Paves Way for Extermination of Middle-Eastern Christians

Overthrowing Assad will doom the region

by ChurchMilitant • April 7, 2017

In the span of 48 hours, we have witnessed the Trump administration plot out a course that will lead to the eradication of Christians in the Middle East.

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley went before the United Natioins with pictures of children killed in a chemical weapons attack in the Idlib province of western Syria. Blaming the ruling government, and rehearsing even shabbier versions of the loose facts and sob stories that led up to the Iraq War in 2003, Haley laid down the propaganda necessary for intervention.

Later that day, appearing alongside the king of Jordan, President Donald Trump — the man who ran for president saying Syrian intervention would lead to World War III — told the world he had come to see the value of removing Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Said President Trump: “I don’t have to have one specific way, and if the world changes, I go the same way….I will tell you, it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed the world that the United States would pursue a program for regime change in Syria. And Thursday night, the United States bombed the al Shayrat airfield, which the American government is claiming is the source of the chemical weapons attack.

Syrian officials have denied the government was behind the attack, and experts have suggested that it was Islamist rebels who undertook the assault. The logic of American allegations is also highly questionable. In the past year, the Syrian government had make significant gains against its Islamist foes by using conventional weapons. Why would Assad blow his good will by attacking a small target of no military importance?

The Shayrat airfield had been used by the government to attack Islamist forces aiming at the overthrow of the Syrian state. Not wasting any time, ISIS took advantage of the U.S. bombing and attacked a Syrian Arab Army base 20 miles from the airfield early Friday. Fifteen years after 9/11, the American military is now in a symbiotic relationship with al Qaeda.

If military operations continue in the future, Thursday will mark the beginning of the elimination of a Christian presence in the Middle East. America’s attempt to once again remove a dictator not to its liking will doom some of the oldest Christian communities on the planet.

For all the atrocities committed by his government in wartime, and all the invective hurled against him, Assad has been a friend to Christians. He has protected the civil and religious rights of Christians against the assault of Islamists. He has attended festivities with Christians at times when even the Vatican seemed to ignore them. And he has kept a friendly relationship with patriarchs of Orthodox churches. If Assad is evil, he may still be the least evil major leader in the region.

In the short term, every hole the United States punctures in the Syrian military will be filled by ISIS, and serve as an opportunity for atrocities against Christians.

In the medium term, if the United States succeeds in toppling Assad, Syria will most likely become a failed state. And when this happens, the nation’s centuries-old Christian population will share the fate of their coreligionists to the East. In 2003 there were about 1.4 million Christians in Iraq. Thirteen years later there were about 275,000. Some of them fled, some of them were murdered, some are being murdered still — now by the Islamic State, which burns, mutilates and crucifies them. There’s no reason to believe the trend — a loss of 85 percent of their population in 13 years — will not continue in Iraq and extend into “liberated” Syria.

Even if by some miracle Syria does not end up a cauldron of anarchic bloodshed, there is no getting around the fact that Muslim states are ruled by Muslims. U.S. officials are harping once again on the need to bring democracy to the Middle East, but majority rule in those nations will put men in power who have no desire or reason to protect Christian rights. This includes states that are — at least for the region — generally well functioning. It was only a U.S.-backed military coup that kept the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood out of power in Egypt and mitigated the already severe persecution of Christians in that nation. And in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan, who survived a coup against him last June, has looked the other way to increasing Christian persecution while his ruling party consolidates power. The man who denies the 1915 genocide of Armenian Christians at the hands of the Turks may soon be in a position to deny a genocide of his own making.

Regardless of the particular leader or country, the future for Christians in the Middle East is bleak. Unlike liberal democracy, Islamism has a future as a poltical force. As perverse as it is, Islam offers to its practitioners an image of God. The modern West offers nothing but death. The West’s adulation of usury, abortion and Mammon, along with a parade of Western leaders that has formed to praise the illegal and amoral attack, show that Christians in the Middle East have no friends left in the First World.

At the same time, Western democracies are in their death throes, unable to defend their borders or their populations. The Trump administration, one of the last defenses against the great Western death wish, is DOA. Trump is too weak to follow the commonsense platform that got him elected, and Erdogan’s program of Muslim demographic replacement is now free to proceed in the United States as it has in Europe.

Syrian Christians who flee their ruined homeland may soon be re-acquauinted with Islamists they thought they left behind, this time in Dearborn, Michigan and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Where the pagan West has not spread its abhorrent culture and incoherent politics, it has scorched the earth with its bombs.

We are assured by Our Lord that His Church will always be on the earth, that the gates of Hell will not prevail against Her. But as Fr. John Hardon, S.J. tells us, we have no assurance that the Church will be in any particular region or country when He returns. The region whose dirt Christ once walked, spat and bled on may have no Christian to greet Him on His return.

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  1. So now if Chrstians are exterminated from the Middle East it will be Trump’s fault? I tell you the venomous attacks against our President are a spectacle to behold.

  2. The clown who wrote this from “Church Militant” has no idea what he is talking about. Not worth answering . Based on the intelligence gathered, by the Pentagon and others, I would have done the same thing as Trump did. Lets not forget a few keystrokes entered into the targeting system, could have had those missiles tap dancing on top of Assad’s head if they were going for regime change. And does anyone think that the General, that won the major battles in Iraq and now who is SecDef, is going to let ISIS step in and take over. Christianity has more chance of being exterminated under the present heretical Pope and his minions , than under Trump.

  3. There are around the world at least a dozen hot-spots where undeniably evil folks are murdering, raping, tormenting folks, including women and children. How about Cuba? How about the Obama-Soros funded invasion at our southern border? The latter involved kidnapping minors, transporting them across Mexico with the blessing of their gov’t. They were raped, starved, dying in locked trucks, and on and on. What about Nicaragua? Venezuela? If we need to go 1/4-way around the world, I suspect more civilians are dying in Yemen, one of Barry’s favorite target ranges.

    The bottom line to me is that, even if Assad did the chem attack, it was small potatoes, but was big press and anticipation for the new “anti-establishment” president. It gets him off the hook on the Russian hacking nonsense, and it lets North Korea know that we hit first and ask questions later, unlike pushover Obama.

    I get ill whenever politicians decry suffering children. Most of the time, it’s a ploy. I’ll wait and see with Trump, but I suspect we’ve got Bush III. It looks to me like he’s kissed the ring, advanced the Qatari pipeline, and won over CNN, Schumer and Pelosi. If Kellyanne and Bannon are gone by summer, it’ll be clear.

    • Cyprian, you and I are congruent along certain lines re. what may or may not become clear about the past few days and its relevance to what can be expected in the remainder of President Trump’s first term.

      It does bother me a great deal to have had to argue what I have since yesterday and which is, on some points, at odds with perhaps even your own, the Colonel’s and the Skipper’s views, given that all of us have only a fraction of the info each of us would like to have to put the questions to rest.

      Frankly, I wonder if all the facts we would like to have available will ever surface.

      The subversion of literally every quarter and niche of Big Gov by a host of alien forces, going back to 1789 (which seems like small potatoes by today’s standards), is perhaps the only constant in American history, which has been all over the map ideologically, morally and intellectually since the shop went into business under Geo. Washington as our first CIC.

    • I take back “small potatoes”. It’s that there are other equally deadly events that are not infrequent.

  4. We are now entering the last week of Lent known as Holy Week. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to put this matter to rest and pray that Our Lord will guide our President and all the leaders of allied nations to simply follow His Will – whatever that turns out to be? Arguing amongst ourselves will accomplish little, if anything. I’m signing out for the rest of the week. God bless you all and have a good Holy Week and Blessed and Glorious Easter.

  5. Happy Easter to all ! It is time for a break ! God Bless All !

  6. I appreciate these discussions, and I’m glad we can do this in a Christian manner. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have apolitical holy bishops who could help provide guidance in such difficult troubling issues that must be faced. I hope nobody is taking my questionable opinions as a personal affront.

    Have a Blessed Holy Week.

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