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The Silent Exodus of Syria’s Christians


Stephen Sizer

via Stephen Sizer: The Silent Exodus of Syria’s Christians.

Why Don’t I Write About Syria?


So many headlines about the rioting and killing in Homs, Syria. Yet, not a “peep” from me here on a blog where I often write about Muslim issues. Why?

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . ...

President Bashar al-Assad

The answer is a simple one. I have conflicting information about the situation in Syria and can’t verify any of it. This is what I know.

Of course, we’ve all heard these terrible reports coming out of Syria, from Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabia, and Western News sources. Western journalists have been killed, claims have been made against President Assad‘s regime blaming him for thousands of deaths.

Yet, a Muslim friend tells me her sources in Syria are claiming it is a “grand conspiracy” to try to bring Assad down. Christians in Syria are still positive towards Assad because of the freedom his regime has afforded them.

President Assad, a mild-mannered Ophthalmologist claims innocence and ignorance of all that is going on in his country. So what is the truth? Is he lying, or so incompetent that he doesn’t know what his military is doing? Who is really killing all these people?

It’s a question that Western Journalists aren’t able to answer very accurately at this point because few if any are on the ground in Homs. The Red Cross has been trying to enter as well.

Certainly, someone is killing thousands of Syrians.

If it is an Arab Revolution, it’s not clear to everyone who the rebels are or what they want.

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http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article578683.ece

Freedom As An Accelerant


From the small Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid the Arab Revolution has been carried by the youth of each country using what is most familiar to them, their cell phones!  Read how the Revolution began at:

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/01/2011126121815985483.html

Today, Egypt‘s Military is calling for an end to the rioting. ElBaradei set a deadline for Mubarak to step down by Friday, while Mubarak promised only “not to run again”.

Yemen is quietly following suite.  *King Abdullah II of Jordan has dismissed his government and appointed a new prime minister with orders to carry out political reform.  Now there are stirrings of revolution in Syria.

Last week there was much speculation in the media about which Arab countries would be next in line to overthrow their strong armed leaders.  Even Saudi Arabia was mentioned, but I hear nothing about it this week. I wonder why?

Last night on “The Colbert Report“, there was a segment with Sean Hannity‘s statement that uprisings do not result in democracy. Other than Iraq he (Hannity) couldn’t think of any good that had come of uprisings (like Egypt‘s and Tunisia’s).

Colbert could think of some, however: Czech Republic, India, France, Poland, East Germany, and The United States. Of course, I think of The Philippines and their Prayerful Revolution which was dramatically successful. Indonesia did pretty well too as it broke away from its’  Suharto days of “Guided Democracy“.

I’m pretty shocked at Sean Hannity‘s statement. I had respected him for being pretty well-informed, though biased toward Conservatives. Now, I’m re-thinking him as just biased and informed about his own limited agenda. This is sad because he carries a lot of influence with many conservative people.

For more about King Abdullah’s actions in Jordan, please read:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703445904576117801815760950.html

Meanwhile, American officials are being careful not to come down too hard on Mubarak. I’m beginning to understand why. One reason is “Face saving”.  The second, according to our lights, he has kept the Middle East relatively stable while guarding the peace with Israel.

It seems we are not involving ourselves in the Arab Revolution which is a wise thing! The people of the Middle East are doing just fine on their own!