Assad of Syria is NOT our Enemy!

This man is a tyrant? The Catholics and Orthodox of Syria do not think so

Basher el-Assad and Family

[Images from WITNESS, with thanks]

“ISIS, not Assad, is our enemy in Syria”, said Patrick J. Buchanan in September, 2016. Is there anything to make us think differently now?

There is no solid proof that poisonous chemicals were dropped by the regime’s planes, whose bombs were targeting the Rebels’ arms warehouses, or that they were actually carrying these chemicals that brought such horrific casualties among innocent civilians, many of them children. According to the press release from Russia, the chemicals were being stored beside the military targets to be used by the Rebels against the army (and possibly civilians too) of the Assad regime, and that exploded at the same time the Syrian army’s bombs hit the ground. Could that have been the Rebels and ISIS’ plans all along? They would have calculated that the West would react with indignation against Assad in exactly the way it has done, today bombing targets to weaken the Syrian forces. Are we not playing into the Rebels’ hands once more?

We do not know the whole truth yet, but jumping in to attack the legitimate Syrian regime – in a country where Christians once lived in peace with all their rights safeguarded by President Assad – to be now under attack by the West is hypocritical and gravely imprudent.

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Update – From The Catholic Herald: “Church leaders in Syria condemn ‘disturbing’ US air strikes”

Patriarch Younan and other Catholic leaders said Donald Trump’s decision was hasty

Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria have criticised the US missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported earlier this week.

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17 Responses to Assad of Syria is NOT our Enemy!

  1. “Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria, must be stunned. For years, his military has been carrying out mass atrocities against Syrian civilians at will: bombing hospitals; dropping barrels filled with oil, shrapnel, and high explosives; and, most gruesomely, shelling civilians with chemical weapons. All this time, he never paid the slightest price. Again and again, Assad’s confederates carried out their gruesome work in defiance of the world, save for his allies in Iran, Russia, and southern Lebanon. And always, Assad got away with it, denying any wrongdoing even in the face of overwhelming eyewitness testimony and physical evidence. Most notoriously, in 2013, the Assad regime shelled the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta with poison gas, killing at least fourteen hundred people and maiming thousands. At the time, instead of taking military action against Assad, President Obama demanded that Syria turn over its chemical-weapons stockpile—an agreement that seemed shaky from the start. Since then, the regime has shelled civilians with chlorine gas on numerous occasions, giving the lie to the deal.

    “Now, for the first time, Assad is paying a price for the crimes of his regime.”

    –The New Yorker Magazine

  2. The Raven says:

    To put it bluntly, the murderous bastard is my enemy.

    My enemy’s enemy is not my friend.

  3. The Raven says:

    Aw he loves his own children, while murdering other people’s kids with Sarin. What a great guy.

  4. The Raven says:

    Tarnation, we’ve entered that realm of morality where we say ‘fascist bastards are evil’ and ‘islamist bastards are evil’ in the same breath.

  5. The Raven says:

    Maybe we can simplify things by saying the murderous bastards are wicked, evil people, who deserve the best (worst) imaginings of Heironymous Bosche irrespective of whether they are Moslems or ‘secular’ people.

  6. The Raven says:

    If you’re getting the impression that I think that President Trump made the right call on this one, well done you.

  7. toadspittle says:

    “There is no solid proof…”
    Of virtually anything – especially during a war.
    Like Saddam Hussein, and Gaddafi. Assad is a murderous dictator. Get rid of him and we will have a murderous theocratic dictatorship of Isis, or something very similar.
    What’s to be done? No idea.
    The Middle East seems to recognise nothing except political and religious extremism.
    Wouldn’t a few secular, liberal, godless, tolerant, decent democracies like the UK, Ireland, Spain, or Holland be nice – in that part of the world? Dream on.

  8. GC says:

    Except for dear old Ireland, all of those countries have had the honour of experiencing bloody Islamist attacks. Nothing to do with their secularity and democraticness, we are meant to suppose, no doubt. Just let them all in and encourage oh-so-secular niceness amongst the plebs. We’re all secular here and really loverly people.

    But you forget France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, the USA. Now why is that?

    I think you’ll find that Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria were trying to be secular for decades. Repressively secular. Perhaps know-all Toad can explain why that appears not to have been the panacœa that Toad thinks it should naturally have been.

  9. toadspittle says:

    “I think you’ll find that Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria were trying to be secular for decades.”
    I think that “trying” was not good enough, GC. They have failed so far.
    Yes, the countries (bar Ireland, so far) I mentioned have suffered from maniacal religious attacks , and so have the ones I didn’t mention, but you kindly did. So what? The countries cited by you (or some of the smart members of them) tried to be secular like us.
    And failed, because of the religious nuts.

    “Perhaps know-all Toad can explain why that appears not to have been the panacoea that Toad thinks it should naturally have been.
    Toad knows nothing. Except that there are no panaceas. Not even Catholicism. Despite the “fact'” that, Catholics are the ones who claim to know the answer to everything. Everyone else, bar them, is wrong, and won’t go to Heaven. Or so it seems if we consider Fr. Leonard Feeney’s “No salvation outside the Church.” Personally, I don’t consider it, and doubt if anyone in their right mind does these days.
    But I may be wrong.
    Being “secular” and tolerant is not a panacea, either, in my opinion. It’s just more to my personal taste than crackpot religious fanaticism.
    You will not agree. OK. Takes all sorts…

  10. kathleen says:

    This video below for all those anti-President Bashar al-Assadists is a must-watch.

    Don’t fall for Western lies and manipulation! Our “Soros-led” Western SMS is brainwashing the gullible public to oust the one remaining decent leader (with the possible exception of Jordan) in the greatly corrupted Islamic Middle East. Has the chaos and evil now rampant in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc., after the ridiculously named “Arab Spring” not taught us anything? Has the genocide – yes, genocide – of Christians, both in the ME, and now increasingly in the West, at the bloodstained hands of ISIS (hounds released from Hell) not been the outcome of stupid, arrogant Western politics aiding and abetting the terrorists? Don’t be fooled! THINK FOR YOURSELVES by listening to the Christians living there, and real experts, i.e., not ignorant upstarts, on the lies naive Westerners (especially those on the political Left) are swallowing hook, line and sinker!

    *****

    P.S. And for further information on the causes of the Syrian crisis, no one explains it better and with more real inside knowledge of Islamic terrorism than Walid Shoebat:

    The article includes this video with President Bashar al-Assad:

  11. Louise Ingebrethsen says:

    Well said Kathleen, well said !!! I will now watch the video’s you posted…..thanks for them.

    You know, I talked with a young Russian Orthodox priest here in Hawaii, about 2 yrs ago, and he said that Assad has always protected the Christians in Syria from fanatic Muslims. This priest even met the stigmatist named ‘Myrna’ who lives, or used to live, in Damaskas (spell ?)…….by the way, there are videos of her receiving the stigmata on YouTube. I think the videos are called “stigmata in Damaskas” (something like that).

  12. kathleen says:

    Thank you Louise 😀. The Russian Orthodox priest you mention was right.

    Here is another important interview with Senator Richard Black on the Syrian attack. He really knows what he’s talking about and doesn’t beat around the bush in saying it.

  13. Louise Ingebrethsen says:

    Kathleen…………..THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for sharing this video. This senator is a GODSEND, and so are the people that put on these video’s. I am going to be passing this video around, you can count on that. My eyes are really being opened now because of these video’s that you have shared………God Bless you Kathleen !!!……..let’s pray that many other peoples eyes will be opened too !!!

  14. kathleen says:

    So sorry for the delay in responding to you,Louise. My excuse is that I have a house full of children and youngsters at present and I’m rushed off my feet combining looking after them all and participating in Holy Week celebrations! No complaints though; it’s wonderful happy family time 😉.

    Thank you very much for passing on this important video to others…. That is also part of my prayer too, that others have their eyes opened to the truth behind the lies we are bombarded with by the secular media.

    God bless you, and a happy, holy Easter Triduum to you and all our visitors.

  15. Louise Ingebrethsen says:

    No need for apologies Kathleen, this is a busy week especially with a house full of kids, I don’t envy you, though I totally love kids, my 2 are grown, and I have 3 grand kids, but no way can I handle a house full of kids…….I don’t know how my mother did it with 6 kids.

    Lets also focus our prayers this week on asking God to stop whatever terrorists attacks are planned for Easter Sunday !!! They already did an attack on Palm Sunday, I’m worried what’s up their sleeve for Easter. I’m been doing alot of Eucharistic Adoration and going to mass several days during the week throughout lent……….I’m hoping that it will help ward off any planned Easter attacks on Christians.

    God Bless, and may you too have a HAPPY EASTER & Easter Triduum !!!

  16. toadspittle says:

    “Lets also focus our prayers this week on asking God to stop whatever terrorists attacks are planned for Easter Sunday !!”
    Why not ask God to stop all terrorist attacks – forever?

    [Moderator replies – Praying for the conversion of sinners (including terrorists) is a fundamental duty of a Catholic. Yours too! Some will turn from sin thanks to our prayers, others not.]

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