The worst Christian massacreâ€”complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churchesâ€”recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi â€œrebelsâ€; and the U.S. government and its â€œmainstream mediaâ€ mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters).
The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament.Â Most of the regionâ€™s inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syriaâ€™s Christians could feel secure; 600 Christian families had earlier fled there for sanctuary from the jihad, only to be followed by it).
In late October, the U.S-supported â€œoppositionâ€ invaded and occupied Sadad for over a week, till ousted by the nationâ€™s military.Â Among other atrocities, 45 Christiansâ€”including women and childrenâ€”were killed, several tortured to death; Sadatâ€™s 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for â€œsubhumanâ€ Christians).
The jihadis even made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islamâ€™s victory-cry, â€œAllahu Akbarâ€ (which John McCain equates to a Christian saying â€œthank Godâ€).Â Another video, made after Sadad was liberated shows more graphic atrocities.
Here are the words of Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama (another detailed account, with pictures, appears here):
What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a halfâ€¦ 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing. For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and womenâ€¦.Â All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furnitureâ€¦Â What happened in Sadad is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010.
In the Iraqi attack of 2010, al-Qaeda linked jihadis stormed the church during service killing some 60 Christian worshippers (see here for graphic images of the aftermath).
While the archbishop is correct that this is the â€œlargest massacre of Christians in Syria,â€ it is but the tip of the iceberg of the persecution the nationâ€™s Christian minority has sufferedâ€”including beheadings, church bombings, kidnappings, rapes, and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of Christiansâ€”since the war broke out (see Syria entries in monthly persecution series).
A month before Sadad, another ancient Christian region, Maâ€˜loula, one of the worldâ€™s very few regions that still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus, was besieged by the jihadis, its churches bombarded and plundered, its inhabitants forced to convert to Islam or die.Â The lastÂ words of one man who refused were: â€œI am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it.â€
The archbishop concluded his statement concerning Sadad by asking: â€œWe have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers? I think of all those who are suffering today in mourning and discomfort: We ask everyone to pray for us.â€
Srdja Trifkovicâ€”who hails from a European region especially acquainted with Islamic jihadâ€”responds to the archbishop as follows:
That no â€œhuman consciousnessâ€ is to be found in the White House, or in the editorial offices of the leading Western media, is now a matter of well-established record. Just try searching for â€œSadadâ€ (or alternatively â€œSaddadâ€) on the websites of the Department of State or The New York Times. Ditto the leading European dailies, the CNN/BBC/RTF, the human-rights defending â€œNGOsâ€ et al.
The problem, of which Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh appears unaware, is no longer in the Western eliteâ€™s mere indifference to the impending demise of Christianity in the lands of its birth, but in its active, ongoing, and open contribution to that demise. Cyprus (1974) and the Balkans (1991-9) provided the test, Iraq (2003-today) the conclusive proof. In Syria the Obama administration remains committed to supporting the rebelsâ€”ah, yes, only the â€œmoderateâ€ ones, like the Christian-murdering â€œFree Syrian Armyâ€ (discretion advised again), not â€œeven thoughâ€ the result will be the same, but precisely because it will be.
In one of the Arabic videos documenting the aftermath of the Sadad massacre, as the mutilated bodies of one family are drawn from a well (around :30 second mark), a middle-aged male relative, in tears, says:
The most precious in the whole universe [his family], are now gone, leaving me alone, but thank God I am still surrounded by these loving people who remain.Â I want to say, let people [the jihadis] return to their minds.Â The problems of the world can only be solved by knowledge and brains.Â Enough insanity, the nerves of the people are shredded.Â Enough, enoughâ€”return to your minds; you people, you humansâ€”return to your humanity, enough crimes.
As a sign of the times, here is a Syrian, an â€œeasterner,â€ evoking rationalism and humanity, products of Christian civilization, at a time when the post-Christian West is governed by anything and everythingâ€”propaganda, emotionalism, mindless indoctrinationâ€”but the twain.
Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islamâ€™s New War on Christian