The worst Christian massacre-complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches-recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels”; and the U.S. government and its “mainstream media” 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. Most of the region’s inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syria’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 “opposition” invaded and occupied Sadad for over a week, till ousted by the nation’s military. Among other atrocities, 45 Christians-including women and children-were killed, several tortured to death; Sadat’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 “subhuman” Christians).
The jihadis even made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, “Allahu Akbar” (which John McCain equates to a Christian saying “thank God”). 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 half… 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 women…. All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture… 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 “largest massacre of Christians in Syria,” it is but the tip of the iceberg of the persecution the nation’s Christian minority has suffered-including beheadings, church bombings, kidnappings, rapes, and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of Christians-since the war broke out (see Syria entries in monthly persecution series).
A month before Sadad, another ancient Christian region, Ma’loula, one of the world’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. The last words of one man who refused were: “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it.”
The archbishop concluded his statement concerning Sadad by asking: “We 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.”
Serge Trifkovic-who hails from a European region especially acquainted with Islamic jihad-responds to the archbishop as follows:
That no “human consciousness” 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 “Sadad” (or alternatively “Saddad”) 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 “NGOs” et al.
The problem, of which Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh appears unaware, is no longer in the Western elite’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 rebels-ah, yes, only the “moderate” ones, like the Christian-murdering “Free Syrian Army” (discretion advised again), not “even though” 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. I want to say, let people [the jihadis] return to their minds. The problems of the world can only be solved by knowledge and brains. Enough insanity, the nerves of the people are shredded. Enough, enough-return to your minds; you people, you humans-return to your humanity, enough crimes.
As a sign of the times, here is a Syrian, an “easterner,” evoking rationalism and humanity, products of Christian civilization, at a time when the post-Christian West is governed by anything and everything-propaganda, emotionalism, mindless indoctrination-but the twain.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/largest-massacre-of-christians-in-syria-ignored-109566/#psmKA3MGfyKR7iPZ.99
Coincidentally? Not. We are witnessing a smear campaign against Syria being put forth by Qatar.
simone lagareJanuary 21, 2014 at 3:59 AM
Please people get on to Social Networking site and POST! Call these photos of torture that are making the rounds on the MSM BULLSHIT they come from QATAR!
More stories. So very reminiscent of the chemical weapons psy op- Images and allegations
Briefest digression and then we will move on-
To this very day do we really know if any chemical attack was launched near Damascus?
Relinking because this went unnoticed- Analysts question US intelligence on alleged chemical attack
Experts agree that the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital of Damascus could not have happened the way the US government contends
The attack could not have happened the way the US government contends. If it happened at all?
In such a timely fashion.. what appears today? ‘Evidence’ put together by the Qatar monarchy to manage your reality. If you will just believe unflinchingly. And just as the US showed it’s deceit and dishonesty. Oh but never mind there is torture ya know?
The report was commissioned by the Gulf state of Qatar, which backs the Syrian rebels.
The report was commissioned by Qatar, a backer of the murderous mercs.
That’s red flag number 1!
The report is based on evidence from an unnamed informant, a photographer who claims to have defected from the Syrian military police. Identified as ‘Caesar’ to protect his identity, the informant said he had smuggled photographs and files out of Syria on memory sticks to a contact in the Syrian National Movement.
Unnamed informant, who smuggled images and files on a memory stick..
That’s red flag # 2!
He claims that the smuggled data, which includes some 55,000 digital images, documents the deaths of 11,000 detainees in custody at the hands of the Syrian government from March 2011 until August 2013.
Some of the photographs show emaciated, bloodstained corpses bearing signs of torture. Others show bodies with eyes missing, while there are signs of strangulation or electrocution on others.
‘Caesar’ claims they died in captivity before being taken to a military hospital to be photographed.
Claims photographs taken in a ‘military’ hospital.
That’s red flag #3
If ‘Caesar’ is an insider. With insider knowledge. Why doesn’t he have photos, images, taken where the detainees were held? And where all this torture is alleged to have taken place? An insider should certainly have that capability? Why would an insider present info from the outside?Because from what I have read there are no images of victims in captivity. No images of torture as it is happening.
Oh and why not take actual hard files? If you had access you could have taken some before you fled.
Why didn’t ‘Caesar’ take actual hard file?
No images of torture in captivity- Unlike Abu Ghraib, right?
|Abu Ghraib- images from an insider|
All images taken of the deceased in an alleged military hospital?
But nothing to show where these crimes were to have taken place- Unlike Abu Ghraib?
|A detainee apparently being abused at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.|
Why couldn’t this ‘insider’, military police officer, get images such as those we saw in Abu Ghraib?
|A detainee apparently being abused at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.|
Unless………….. this ‘Ceasar’ is not an insider?
There is more. Ceasar’s story just doesn’t add up. I will elaborate…..
From this article
“The reason for photographing executed persons was twofold. First to permit a death certificate to be produced without families requiring to see the body, thereby avoiding the authorities having to give a truthful account of their deaths; second to confirm that orders to execute individuals had been carried out.”
Permit a death certificate to be produced? Why would this (photo taking) be required? How would images be necessary for this? (the assumption is that these are Syrian citizens, but, that is not necessarily the case)
If these are any one of the vast foreign fighters that may have been incarcerated? Whatfamilies would be required to see these bodies? Saudi families? Tunisian families? Chechen families? Libyan families? French families? Brits? Canadians? Americans? etc., etc.,
And if these are images of Syrian citizens it would make more sense to me that these are indeed images taken by the hired killers. They have been killing so many Syrian citizens all along.
As for all the other claims:
“Military hospital”? sufficiently vague. How many militarized hospitals are controlled by the mercs and NGO’s? Perhaps these images were produced in some Israeli hospitals, who really knows?
How many Syrian civilians have the mercs tortured, maimed, raped and killed?
How many persons have the mercs mutilated and taken pictures of their attrocities?
Including organ eating?
I am quite certain our Qatari backed military police defector could get his hands on plenty of those images? There are so many of them available on line. One can only imagine the private holdings of the merciless
(captagon high) hired killers?
“The former prosecutors said they were satisfied there was “clear evidence, capable of being believed by a tribunal of fact in a court of law, of systematic torture and killing of detained persons by the agents of the Syrian government. It would support findings of crimes against humanity and could also support findings of war crimes against the current Syrian regime.”
There might be evidence of torture? Goodness knows there has been enough reports of atrocities by the rebels. Mass killings. Use of chemical weapons. Beheadings and more. But is there any real evidence of connecting the torture to the Syrian government or Syrian officials? Who conducted the torture?
Important stuff. None of it addressed by these allegations
The team said they found the informant and his evidence to be credible after “rigorous scrutiny.” The images were also examined and authenticated by three forensic science experts, the Guardian said.
The images are most likely real. But that doesn’t tell us where? When? Who?
Geneva 2 on the horizon
The report comes just ahead of the Geneva 2 peace talks, due to be held on Wednesday, which are aimed at negotiating an end to Syria’s three-year-old civil war.
On Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rescinded an offer to include Iran in this week’s Syria peace conference, less than 24 hours after making it. The decision came after the main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), threatened to boycott the talks.
Shortly after Ban withdrew the offer to Iran, the SNC confirmed its participation in the conference.
A pattern we have seen all along concerning the demonization of Syria. Ahead of some meeting… outrageous allegations.
Saudi Arabian Family hang their Ethiopian maid upside down from a hook and beat her to a bloody pulp. She is drenched in blood from the whips and sticks that the Saudi men use to beat her.
Non-European Foreign workers in the Gulf states are treated as de-facto Slaves, with no human rights and are kept as virtual prisoners by their respective “employers” and forced to endure harsh treatment for little pay.
A recent report by Amnesty International slammed the worsening state of human rights abuses in the country. Among the myriad criticisms leveled in the report, it was noted that migrant workers and other minorities regularly suffer abuse and “excessive use of force” at the hands of authorities.