Editorial

Syria

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 2:17……….By Riley J. Hood
On October 9th, 2019 the Turkish Military, our NATO allies, armed with western technology, invaded northern Syria on operation, “Fountain of Peace.” As usual, Christian areas were shelled and Christians were among the dead. A Syrian Pastor called the invasion where thousands were killed and millions displaced an, “ongoing man-made catastrophe.” Bassam Ishak of the Syriac National Council reports that Pro-Turkish Muslims are conducting ethnic cleansing and forcing Christians from their farms, seizing or destroying their harvests. Ishak said they are, “repeating what they did in Afrin,” recalling the September 2018 Turkish invasion. Ishak continues, “The Christians in Ras al-Ain own one third of the agricultural land there.” Christians are being terrorized, and 70,000 have fled from Ras al-Ain alone. Many Syrian Christians have fled to Lebanon. On October 21st 2019 the Army of Islam called for treating Christians as second-class citizens and forcing them to pay the Jizya. All this in spite the assurances by Recep Tayyip Erdogan that minorities would be respected. Islam affirms the right to tell lies that advance Jihad.
Some groups are saying that until the Arab Spring, Christians were a respected minority and were treated as equals by the Muslims. That is a lie. I find the regime of Bashar Al-Assad to be every bit as disgusting as his father Hafez Al-Assad’s rule of Syria, and control of most of Lebanon was. They are both Muslims. However, before the 2011, an estimated 10% of Syrians were Christian, and the Assad’s have a better track record than ISIS, the Kurds or the Al Nusra Front have in their treatment of Christians. Still even the best treatment most Muslims are willing to offer is second class status, better than genocide, but it still stinks.
On November 11th, 2019 a church minister and his father were murdered by “unknown” most likely Muslims on as they were driving from Qanishli to Deir al-Zor to help displaced Christians rebuild their homes, shops and lives. Later the same day, 3 bombs were detonated in five minute intervals in Qamishli, first in the Kurdish quarter, next in the market and the last at a Christian school. Five people were dead on the scene and 26 people were injured.
In 2020 the US sanctions as opposed to the war were being blamed for the Islamic misery. “It is a disaster on all levels” said a Pastor “The sanctions hit the economy in such a way that it made it collapse. No fuel means no electricity, no bread, no cars to move and no transportation of goods. These days even bread is only being sold with what is called a smart card! So it is limited same as rice, sugar, vegetable oil and so on,” The same Pastor reports that medicine is scarce, and fires are burning down the coastal forests. Barnabas AID, being a UK group wants the US to lift sanctions, so they can send in aid. Maybe they should petition our federal government for an exception to made in their case, as the US doesn’t want terrorists or Al-Bashir to receive funding.”… Riley J. Hood

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1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3. You cannot help small men up by tearing big men down.
4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
5. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down.
6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money.
9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Written by: The Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian clergyman and pamphlet writer in 1916.