The fate of Syrian Christians.
Here is an interesting article from Robert Wright in The Atlantic. There can be no doubt that Assad is a wicked man. But I think that there can also be little doubt that Assad’s fall would be just as disastrous for the ancient Christian population of Syria as was Saddam’s fall was for the Christians of Iraq. Not that most American Christians seemed to notice or care particularly.
“According to Tony Karon’s reporting in Time, President Assad hopes to keep Christians in his coalition by harnessing their fear of a radical Islamist takeover.
So far they seem to be sticking with him, and word of their allegiance is reaching American Christians. The evangelical press is reporting that Syrian Christians fear Assad’s fall and is quoting them as warning against foreign intervention. Catholic periodicals convey similar concerns, and illustrate them with, for example, reports that Syrian rebels are using Christians as human shields. And Jihad Watch, the right-wing website run by Robert Spencer, a Catholic, bemoans what will happen to Syrian Christians as “Assad’s enemies divide the spoils of the fallen regime.” (Spencer has in the past been skeptical of interventions, but he reaches conservative Christians who have been less skeptical.) The alliance between neocons and conservative Christians that has worked in the past is going to be harder to put together this time.”