Thursday, August 9, 2012

'We're Too Frightened to Talk' Christians Flee from Radical Rebels in Syria

Syrian Christians, like Christians in all the "Arab Spring" countries are experiencing increased persecution.  The overthrow of the old line dictators and despots by Islamists has created great unrest and turmoil which the most radical Muslims take advantage of to drive out Christians from their homelands. 

It's time to open America's and the West’s doors to all those Christians in the Middle East who are being made into internal and international refugees by the Islamists.  At the same time all Muslim immigration to the West should be eliminated until such time as Islam reforms itself to be able to peacefully co exist with Western peoples and their values without attempting to impose Sharia. 



'We're Too Frightened to Talk' Christians Flee from Radical Rebels in Syria
By Ulrike Putz in Qa, Lebanon

Thousands of Syrians are fleeing into neighboring Lebanon -- not entirely due to fear of the Assad regime. The country's minority Christian population is suffering under attacks waged by rebel troops. In the Beqaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, Christian families are finding temporary refuge, but they are still terrified.

There had been many warnings that the Khouri* family wouldn't talk. "They won't say a word -- they're too scared," predicted the mayor of Qa, a small market town in northeastern Lebanon where the Khouris are staying. "They won't even open their door for journalists," said another person, who had contacted the family on behalf of a non-governmental organization.

Somehow, though, the interview was arranged in the end. Reserved and halting, the women described what happened to their husbands, brothers and nephews back in their hometown of Qusayr in Syria. They were killed by Syrian rebel fighters, the women said -- murdered because they were Christians, people who in the eyes of radical Islamist freedom fighters have no place in the new Syria.

In the past year and a half, since the beginning of the uprising against Syria's authoritarian President Bashar Assad, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled their homes and sought safe haven abroad. Inside the country, the United Nations estimates that 1 million people have left their homes to escape violence and are now internally displaced. The majority are likely to have fled to escape the brutality of Assad's troops. Indeed, as was the case at the start of the Syrian civil war, most of the violence is still being perpetrated by the army, the secret services and groups of thugs steered by the state.

Article continues HERE.