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Inside Syria: Aleppo's Christians Arm Against Islamists

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As foreign and local radicals rise amid the chaos of Syria's civil war, Christians are taking arms from the Assad regime.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 7:17 pm

pam w (139)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 8:23 pm
Anyone want to make predictions for those Christians? Based on other countries' actions toward religions other than Islam....these people are in BIG trouble!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 8:29 pm

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:45 am
It may take generations for the hatred that is being generated to die down.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:51 am

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 7:04 am
I hope that the Christians are well armed...praying for them!

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 9:05 am
I agree Arlene. The Christians are being treated horribly by muslims in most places where muslims are a majority in the world. Nigerian Christians are daily being shot, their churches bombed and burned by muslims.

The supposedly "moderate" Indonesian muslims are also destroying churches, burning bars, attacking Christians and others who don't conform to islam, just to name a couple

People must know that wherever a muslim critical mass exists, there is strife, because islam believes that it must Dominate rather than peacefully coexist.

Check out for a sampling of what's going on in the muslim world.

Michael M (60)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 10:20 am
Syria: from Assyria: from Ashur, a long-ago city and trading people of the Northern arc of the once-fertile crescent where cities, agriculture,and war first blossomed among humans.(trade also throve for a time, and ancient writings throw personal light on how the past differs not)

Down in SoCal this spring, I met some very good people from that tradition, which speaks Aramaic or Aramic - they were clearly christian, although we did not concern ourselves with religion.

Religions began too in those city-states thousands of years before Ashur. The goddesses and gods were each of the cities, and like the death and resurrection of Osiris associated with the yearly rising and inundation of the Nile in Egypt which brought new fertility to the land, these too, were associated with the seasonal inundations of the Tigris and Euphrates.
These gods and myths, of course were the syncretisms by which some followers of the Hebrew political myth of the messiah (Isaiah, who clearly stated his belief that this guy would militarily conquer those other tribes who disagreed with Hebrew occupation of the land - Hebrew, by the way comes from Habiru, a word from an older language which means "dusty traveler" - thus political, in nature, and by NO means above nature!) collected numbers and power in the Roman Empire world of that time.

Mohammed was a later Arab, who had some visions, or what might psychologically be termed bipolar manic episodes, in which he saw - in the sense that humans make connectinos, even where there are none - the "angel" Gabriel (claimed by Mormon founder as well as writers concerning exclusive Parentage for Yeshua, earlier. Gabriel was a messenger god, the same as other-named gods in other traditions, described the overenthusiastically-described manic visions and of other schizophrenic or bipolar individuals .

the huge difference between heavily abnormal personalities were often described as due to gods or demons in cultures which strove to account for people who saw things differently than normal cognition.

Many bipolar people can be rather charismatic, due to their enthusiasm allied with other personality characteristics which cause some to seem more attractive to others. His observations were not written down until years after his death, and like the Christian canon were violently disputed. Both the latter religions were born in their present form of violence, and thus Ihave to disagree with the implied thrust of some above comments.
Without the solidification (ossification in its worst sense) and cherry-picking of uneducated (by this I mean perhaps members of contending groups in an early-overpopulated area) and insufficiently reflective persons, these religions would not exist.

True believers of any thing are able to obsessively focus on their "mission" in ways that are rare outside of the natural acute response to danger. By inventing phoney dangers, or by equating every disagreement however insignificant with immediate mortal danger, religion (not to mention the lies which help create security states in the US and everywhere in history!) expropriates violent defensive response to life-threats.

Above, I implied the deep association of religion to political coalition, as in cities or traveling shepherds, disputing.

Until the lie of organized religion ends , you will be heir to its tragedies. Do not further increase its control through claiming any right to dominance, of any political entity or way of extracting social wealth from life,

for , as you clearly see the failings when those you have chosen as enemies, you also fail to see the same behaviors and beliefs in yourselves.

Michael M (60)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 10:38 am
Please excuse my grammatic failure, as care2 comment box disallows sight of, or easy review of what one writes.
I'lltry to correct a bit:

Gabriel (claimed by Mormon founder as well as writers concerning exclusive Parentage for Yeshua, earlier) was a messenger god, the same as other-named gods in other traditions (you can think of a few), described the overenthusiastically-described manic visions and of other schizophrenic or bipolar individuals .

Socrates was illiterate, and recognized some of the failures inherent in literacy.
Useful in understanding how preliterate people and nonliterate people perceive, are his recognitions of his daemon, from which the purposely miscast concept of demon arose in organized religions: He spoke of his daemon as that which commanded or required him to take the positions or actions which he pursued. When looking at Soc, we realize he MEANT his personal morals.

Since he was not a sociopath (who rationalize their cruelty (look to this, all members of military, who feel it ok to kill strangers merely because you were commanded to by others outside yourself. Therein will you discover one of the important roots of PTSD = going against something deeply intrinsic) he was quite moral.

However, to kill the self rather than accepting exile was a rationalization; rationality often can lead us to be inflexible - but after all, he WAS 82 years old with a wife and no other occupation aside from teaching in Athens, a city-state contending with others less friendly to Athenians).
Since religions are by fiat inflexible, you can see the ease by which they all, ALL, choose death for unbelievers, rather than life in harmony with the other life on earth.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 11:38 am
Alexandra R. said it. among others. TY Cal.

Bistra Staykova (4)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 1:32 pm
Islamists are the greatest evil in the Middle East.They are being armed , financed and manipulated by the US, Nato, Israel, Turkey, the Arab monarchies who are responsible for the bloodshed, destruction and chaos in Iraq, Syria and Libya..What has been happening is a grest tragedy caused by the ambitions of the West to restore colonialism in the Arab world.Thanks to the West Iraq, Syria and Libya, which were secular states, were pushed back into the Middle Ages and have turned into strongholds of Islamism.It's horrible.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 5:01 pm
Thank you Cal.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 11:12 pm
some racists here

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 11:51 pm

Devon Leonar (54)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 11:17 am
Thank you for posting this article... Much of what was reported was just what I was reading in my daughters emails from her Syrian college friend who returned to, and lives and works in Damascus. However, I was reading this 2 months ago...!!!
In this Global Post article a Christian shop keeper is saying...."What is going on in Alleppo is not a popular revolution for democracy and freedom.....the fighters of the Free Syria army are radical Sunnis and want to establish an Islamic State here in Syria." This account later goes on to say that because of Al Qaeda all the Christians in the city of Homs have had to flee for their lives......
Both in this article and in my daughters friends emails from 2 months or more ago I am reading that the Christians in Syria are not supporting the rebels. You have to ask yourself why?
What I hear is that if the extremism of the Muslim Brotherhood takes over, Syrians will be forced to adopt Islamic law.....
It appears that there are many agendas at work here.....
My heart goes out to all Syrians whose lives have been thrown into chaos and suffering. Please join with me for prayers for Peace...can't hurt and may help.
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