Syria: A Voice Speaks Out For The Ordinary People

Mother Agnes-Mariam speaks out for the ordinary people of Syria…

 

 

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  2. beetleypete

    I saw an interesting piece on Al-Jazeera, about the persecution of, and attacks on Christian groups in Syria. More evidence of the religious divides that lurk in the background of this civil war. Regards, Pete.

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  3. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    In this video, Global Research’s James Corbett interviews Sister Agnes-Mariam about the current crisis in Syria. As reported in a previous blog, Sister Agnes-Mariam is a Palestinian Carmelite nun and a member of Mussalah (‘Reconciliation’) a peace group working to end the conflict in Syria through negotiation. She hear expresses doubt about the official explanation of the Damascus gas attack and criticises the West’s rush to war ahead of a proper investigation into the attack. Perhaps most importantly, she tells how the people of her part of Syria have been told by the liberal Free Syrian Army that if the country is attacked, the Jihadist groups will take power and they will be massacred. This is not an idle threat or rhetorical exaggeration. Christian communities have already been massacred or expelled from their homes by Salafist militias. A BBC documentary on Syria a few months ago, presented by Dan Snow, showed one Sunni Muslim leader stating that the rebels should exterminate the Alawis. The Jihadists are backed by Saudi Arabia. Under the Wahhabi government, the Shia communities are very much second class citizens. Their villages have no running water or electricity, and they are officially forbidden from using the Shia version of the Qu’ran or other Shia holy books, The Grand Mufti of Mecca also pronounced them heretics, who deserve death. Sister Agnes-Mariam herself would also be one of those massacred. She states she converted to Christianity when she was 19. If she converted from Islam, then under Sharia law she is an apostate, who should be punished with death. Syria itself actually has a long tradition of religious toleration and interfaith co-operation. A few years ago I went to a talk by an archaeologist, who had excavated the 7th century shrine of a Eastern Orthodox Christian Mar (saint). The shrine had not only been a place of pilgrimage and healing for Christians, but an inscription in Arabic promising piece to those who visited it, showed that it was also a centre of veneration for Muslims. This will tolerance will be shattered if the Jihadists win. The good Sister states that ‘we are now living in a time of barbarism’. This is a great, horrifying description from a citizen of one of the oldest civilisations in the world. Damascus, or Damashq in Akkadian, was one of the great cities of the Ancient Near East, mentioned in the Old Testament and by the Assyrians and Babylonians. Syria is over three thousand years old. It was here that the great Phoenician civilisation taught the world how to ferment wine and make glass. There culture influenced the Greeks. The Greek god Adonis was a Syrian deity, whose name means simply ‘Lord’, and is related to the Hebrew ‘Adonai’. Syria was the centre of the ancient kingdom of Palmyra, whose queen, Zenobia, challenged Rome itself. The war in Syria and the Jihadists threaten not just its people, but millennia of history and the incalculable cultural wealth and knowledge of this ancient civilisation. We are entering a truly Dark Age if this devastation is allowed to continue.

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