Syrian Catholic Archbishop hammers US for ‘siding with al-Qaeda’

SyrianCatholicAbpAs depicted in the film Schindler’s List, as SS Hauptsturmführer Amon Goeth was briefing his troops on destroying a Polish city’s Jewish Quarter, screen writer Steven Zaillian may have penned the best example of how a determined force can make centuries of history disappear in very short order. As the scenarist wrote; “Six hundred years ago, when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great – so called – told the Jews they could come to Kraków. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. They came with nothing. And they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Kraków. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened.”

While Zaillian summed up in a few sentences what human beings have been doing to other human beings for millennia, many in the West have been denying instances of such simply can’t happen in the enlightened and progressive 21st century. Yet as Simon Caldwell of Great Britain’s the Catholic Herald reported on Oct. 6, 2015, one of the bishops of Syria’s quickly disappearing Christian minority is placing the finger of blame directly at the United States in the aiding and abetting of the Christian genocide happening in his nation.

Until invaded by the armies of Mohammed, the region known today as Syria saw Christianity, Judaism, and tribal folk beliefs as the dominant faiths. But present day, Mar (Archbishop) Jacques Behnan Hindo of the Eastern-Rite Syriac Catholic Archieparchy of Hassaké-Nisibi is claiming that even though the al-Qaeda terrorist organization goes by a different nom de guerre in Syria, they are still the same terrorists who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.

Archbishop Hindo slammed both the Western press and governments when quoted, “Western propaganda keeps talking about moderate rebels, who do not exist. There is something very disturbing about all this – there is a superpower that since September 11 protests because the Russians hit the militias of al-Qaeda in Syria. What does it mean, (that) al-Qaeda is now a US ally, just because in Syria it has a different name? But do they really despise our intelligence and our memory?”

With the al-Nusra Front being one of the more powerful militant groups in the country, they are openly allied with al-Qaeda as reported by the Detroit Free Press on June 14, 2013. The leader of the al-Nusra Front, Abou Mohamad al-Joulani did in fact promise his fidelity to the current al-Qaeda honcho, Sheik al-Zawahri. Over 20 centuries worth of Christian history and culture in Syria are purposefully being destroyed by the jihadists of both ISIS and the al-Nusra Front in their drive to establish a fundamentalist Islamic caliphate based on 7th century Shari’a Law.

Meanwhile, the 74-year-old Mar Hindo specifically called out Arizona Senator John McCain (R) for complaining that recent Russian airstrikes were aimed at US trained Free Syrian Army “moderates”. His Holiness stated, “US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of ISIS, but rather the anti-Assad rebels trained by the CIA. I find these words are disturbing. They represent a blatant admission that behind the war against Assad there is also the CIA.” As the Catholic Herald noted, McCain made a point of complaining that Russia is treating the US with “disdain and contempt” and repeated his claim that “CIA-run operations” had been targeted by Russian airstrikes.

The Los Angeles Times cited on Sept. 25, 2015, that a “US-trained and equipped proxy force in Syria had turned over some of its supplied weapons to an Al Qaeda affiliate. US officials said rebels told them a commander of a group of trained fighters gave six pickup trucks with mounted machine guns and a portion of their ammunition, or about 25% of their issued equipment, to Al Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage within their operating area in northern Syria.”