The Orthodox Gathering said in their statement yesterday that Mideast Christians under threat. They gathering criticized the international community for remaining silent over a recent attack in the predominantly Christian village of Maaloulah north of Damascus carried out by Al-Qaeda linked rebels. Maaloulah is a predominantly Christian Syrian village with many residents maintaining the Aramaic language, the language of Jesus. The gathering asked for “A unified stance by the church is a needed incentive for politicians, particularly in Lebanon and in the Arab [region], to get together, discuss and place strategic plans that encourage survival”.
From its part, Jabhat al-Nusra (qaeda arm in Syria), released a statement saying the aim of the aggression was to free the village from the Crusaders.
Then comes the reply from LF MP Fadi Karam. Looking back at the history of the LF and its pride to be the defender of free Christianity in Lebanon and the region, one might think that MP Karam will support the “unified stance”, “strategic plans” and “encouraging survival”. I thought the reply will come in line with what Bachir Gemayel, the founder of the LF, speeches:
“We, who are witnessing here today for all the Christians of the world, confirm that it is logical for us to die , as the early Christians died at the hands of the Romans, witnessing for their Christian Faith and beliefs…”
“ A country, he said, where we can live without bowing our heads to the ground, a place where nobody can come and tell us : ‘Wear a turban or die’ as they did during the rule by the Turks…”
“If we, as a Christian sect in this east, weren’t different than others and didn’t have a country, it doesn’t have to be a christian country, but be a country truly for chrisitans in which we can live with our heads held high.”
But instead LF MP Karam came out as a supporter of those attacking Maaloula village. This new brought politicians, either do not know the LF history, or the LF changed its course or he has no clue what strategy means and the future of free Christianity in the Middle-east. LF MP Karam said: “What the Gathering issued was not justified and drew suspicion when it asked Christian spiritual leaders to swiftly put a strategic plan to protect the Christians, which, reading between the lines, suggests it is calling for a plan to defend Assad’s regime based on the Maaloula events”. How the hell did he got that from between the lines???? Didn’t the LF used to issue such statements in the past regarding the Christians of Lebanon?
Does this LF MP Karam from Koura ever read what Charles Malek once said about free Christianity in the region? Did he read what the head of Mar Takla monastry in Maaloula said today: “the village is living a real tragedy due to the presence of Jabhat al-Nusra elements in its streets … they kidnapped this morning 3 young men and took them to an undisclosed location ..”
Yes the Syrian regime must go, but don’t led ignorants in LF history issue statements that looks like the LF is defending al-Qaeda elements in Syria. Don’t let the pressure from the Arab money put an end to what thousands died for.