America’s Anti-Christian Middle East Policy
August 8, 2012 by Bob Livingston
In a not-so-secret “secret policy,” President Barack Obama is financing the “rebels” in Syria trying to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. Those rebels include al-Qaida terrorists who have fought against U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta—and therefore Obama—knows this.
The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are also part of the Syrian opposition. At a February 2011 House Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director Robert Mueller said, “Obviously, elements of the Muslim Brotherhood here and overseas have supported terrorism.”
Hamas is designated by the U.S. as a terrorist group. It runs the elected government in the Gaza Strip and is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Syrian “rebels” are attacking Christian churches and ordering Christians out of their homes. Christians have been pressured to join the opposition and fight against al-Assad. Those who refuse are used as human shields in attacks on the Syrian Army and security forces. Christians, who comprise around 3 percent of Syria’s 22 million people, are also being targeted by Sunni rebels in Damascus. Rebel militias, including one called the Brigade of Islam, have been killing Christian civil servants.
Syria’s Christians are now taking up arms against the rebels, and being armed by the al-Assad regime.
“We saw what happened to the Christians in Iraq,” Abu George, a Christian resident of Aleppo’s Aziza district told GlobalPost. “What is going on in Aleppo is not a popular revolution for democracy and freedom. The fighters of the so-called Free Syrian Army are radical Sunnis who want to establish an Islamic state.”
What happened in Iraq? Since the 2003 U.S. invasion, about half of Iraq’s 1.4 million Christians have fled the country, forced out by nearly a decade of church bombings, kidnappings and sectarian murder.
In both Libya and Egypt, before the U.S. facilitated (Libya) or orchestrated (Egypt) coups, Christian minorities felt protected from Islamic persecution and were allowed to practice their faith unmolested. Now they are facing extinction.
As the U.S. regime strives for hegemony in the Middle East, Christians have become collateral damage. And no one in government seems to care.
What’s more, a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by Obama into law on Jan. 1, gives the military the authority to detain anyone “who was part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners,” and anyone who commits a “belligerent act” against the U.S. or its coalition allies, under the law of war, “without trial, until the end of the hostilities authorized by the [AUMF].”
Obama, by funding al-Qaida, has violated his own law, and Congress, by providing the funding, is complicit. The lot of them should be detained indefinitely.