Friday, October 02, 2015

Archbishop Hindo " McCain’s disturbing words on anti-Assad rebels armed by the CIA"

CIA seal
CIA seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hassaké (Agenzia Fides) - "US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of the Islamic State, 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". This is what Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo says to Agenzia Fides with regards to recent developments in the Syrian conflict, marked by the direct intervention of Russian military forces against the positions of the jihadi militias.
"Western propaganda", said Archbishop Hindo "keeps talking about moderate rebels, who do not exist". According to Syrian Catholic Archbishop, "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? 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?"
English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . ...
English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . Original background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the interview with Fides, Archbishop Hindo repeats that "the Syrians will decide if and when Assad has to go away, and not the Daesh or the West. And it is certain that if Assad goes away now, Syria will become like Libya". Syrian Archbishop launches a warning: "We have received terrible news from the city of Deir al Zor, which has been besieged by Daesh for a long time. There is no more food in town, and the population is literally starving. We need to do something immediately, before it is too late". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 02/10/2015)
ASIA/HOLY LAND - Prince Hassan of Jordan: "human protection" for Christians in the Middle East is needed
HRH Prince Hassan bin Al Talal in Berlin
HRH Prince Hassan bin Al Talal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Acre (Agenzia Fides) - Christianity began in the Middle East, it is not a "product of western import", and has given a major contribution to the development of Arab culture and the Arab-Islamic civilization. Even for this reason the presence of Christians in the Middle East must be safeguarded through instruments and measures that ensures them "human protection". This is the clear and concrete message that Prince Hassan of Jordan expressed during his intervention in Acre, on the occasion of the presentation of a book on the historical events of Arab Christians in the Middle East, written by Archimandrite George Agapios Abu Saada, a priest in the Greek-Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Akka.
The book, presented on September 30 at the Orthodox Club of the Israeli city, also deals with emergencies that closely affect Christians in today's Middle East, overwhelmed by conflict and sectarian rifts, and the dangers they face today. During the event, organized in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Interfaith Studies (a body of dialogue chaired by Prince Hassan), Abu Saada, Greek-Melkite parish priest of the Cathedral of St. Elias in Haifa intervened, and condemned the Muslim world for its general silence before the violence and discrimination against Christians in the Middle East. "Until now", said Father Abu Saada, according to reports of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media "no Islamic authority has issued a religious ruling [fatwa] that prohibits the killing of Christians and non-Muslims". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 02/10/2015)