Syrian Christians fear the fall of Bashar al-Assad

Let’s see, Republican Senator John McCain not only seems more interested in arming the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria than he is in helping Christians outside of Syria but Christians in Syria believe they stand to suffer as a direct result of McCain getting his wish.

Apparently, Christians in Syria would rather Bashar al-Assad stay in power.

Via USA Today:

The rebellion of hundreds of thousands of Muslims against Assad that began in March 2011 has not seen Christians abandon their support for the Alawites, the Muslim sect to which Assad belongs and that has controlled Syria for decades. Christians have largely remained quiet as Assad’s forces pummeled rebel cities and towns with artillery, killing close to 10,000 people, according to the United Nations.

Many of Syria’s Christians continue to stand by the regime not out of support for Assad but out of fear of civil war if rebels gain strength, or worse, if they win and install an Islamist government hostile to religious minorities.

Qatana, a town 20 miles southwest of Damascus, is home to a Christian community of several hundred families. Protests here against the Assad regime have prompted military incursions and clashes between renegade soldiers and the regular army. At checkpoints surrounding the town, some Christians chat to Alawite security officers. Others offer water and whiskey. Christians firmly believe that the Alawite regime will keep them safe.

Regular readers to this site know that we have long maintained that as bad as Assad is, his overthrow would be worse. The Christian community in Syria seems to agree with us.

Paging John McCain…

Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids


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