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Syrian Christians Fear Bleak Future After Assad
AP ^ | 12/23/12 | Barbara Surk

Posted on 12/23/2012 6:24:55 PM PST by marshmallow

BEIRUT — With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's civil war.

Her parents refused to join her in Lebanon, but they are taking one simple precaution inside their besieged city. For the first time, Mira says, her parents will not put up a Christmas tree this year for fear their religion might make them a target.

"They want to stay to guard the property so nobody takes it," said Mira, who spoke to The Associated Press in Lebanon on condition that only her first name be published, out of concern for her family.

"They cannot celebrate Christmas properly. It's not safe. They are in a Christian area, but they don't feel secure to put a tree, even inside their apartment," Mira said.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria's population of more than 22 million, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence that has been sweeping the country since March 2011. They are fearful that Syria will become another Iraq, with Christians caught in the crossfire between rival Islamic groups.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians fled Iraq after their community and others were targeted by militants in the chaotic years after dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003.

During the Syria conflict, Christians have largely stuck by President Bashar Assad, in large part because they fear the rising power of Muslim hard-liners and groups with al-Qaida-style ideologies within the uprising against his rule. Many Christians worry they will be marginalized or even targeted if the country's Sunni Muslim majority, which forms the majority of the opposition, takes over.

The rebel leadership has sought to portray itself as inclusive, promising no reprisals if Assad falls. But some actions by fighters on...

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TOPICS: Catholic; Islam; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: religionofpieces; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 12/23/2012 6:24:56 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

“For the first time, Mira says, her parents will not put up a Christmas tree this year for fear their religion might make them a target.”

Say what you will about Assad, but there are not a whole lot of Muslim-ruled countries where Christians feel safe putting up Christmas trees. It looks Syria will now join the rest of those countries.

So, again, why are we taking the side of the rebels?

2 posted on 12/23/2012 6:31:47 PM PST by BobL (Agenda 21...Agenda 21...Agenda 21...Agenda 21...Agenda 21... (whatever the hell that is))
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To: BobL

“...So, again, why are we taking the side of the rebels?...”

One word: Obama

3 posted on 12/23/2012 6:35:11 PM PST by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: lgjhn23

One word: Obama .... the Sunni Muslim.

4 posted on 12/23/2012 6:38:08 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: marshmallow

With Obama’s assistance, another country is going to join the emerging Greater Caliphate and many Christians in both Syria and Egypt are going to die at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other transnational Islamists.

5 posted on 12/23/2012 6:40:46 PM PST by Truth29
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks marshmallow.

Muslim group slams rebel threats against Syria Christians
The Daily Star - Lebanon | December 23, 2012 05:28 PM | Friend or Foe?
Posted on Sun Dec 23 21:11:50 2012 by haffast

6 posted on 12/24/2012 7:39:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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