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West Ignores Extensive Massacre of Christians in Syria

Tens of thousands of Christians are fleeing Syria as U.S. and Saudi-backed jihadi “rebel” groups encroach on once-peaceful areas and conduct mass slaughters of those who will not convert to Islam. Raymon Ibrahim describes one of many massacres of Christians in Sadad, Syria carried out by mercenary armies that left in its wake ”mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches.”

Sadad is an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian inhabitance, referenced in the Old Testament. Most area residents are poor and remotely located in desert regions between Homs and Damascus.

In October 2013, U.S-supported rebel groups invaded and occupied Sadad for over a week, only to be chased out by the Syrian military. In addition to other atrocities committed, 45 Christians—including women and children—were killed, several being tortured to death. Mercenary forces also ransacked and destroyed Sadat’s 14 churches, some of which were ancient monuments. In addition, the bodies of a six-member family ranging from ages 16 to 90 were found at the bottom of a well.

The jihadi terrorists shot explicit videos (with English subtitles) of the massacre and individual atrocities, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, “Allahu Akbar.”

Sources:

Zvi Bar’el, “Once Protected, Christians Have Become Fair Game in Iraq and Syria,” Haaretz.com, December 18, 2013, http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/.premium-1.563966.

Raymon Ibrahim, “Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria Ignored,” Raymond Ibrahim, November 21, 2013, http://www.raymondibrahim.com/islam/largest-massacre-of-christians-in-syria-ignored/.

“’Whole Families Murdered’: Syrian Rebels Execute Over 80 Civilians Outside Damascus,” RT.com, December 15, 2013, http://rt.com/news/syria-adra-civilian-execution-289/.

Student Researcher: Amanda Molitor (Florida Atlantic University)

Faculty Evaluator: James F. Tracy (Florida Atlantic University)

  • Johnny March 4, 2014

    <> I am sorry to see purported journalists using the passive voice. This sentence, which implies that the Syrians, not the mercenaries, committed the atrocities, well illustrates why writers should eschew the passive voice.

  • GD March 5, 2014

    R. Ibrahim is a well known Islamophobe whose statements on anything must be taken with a grain of salt.

  • Ann Shelby Valentine March 15, 2014

    While I congratulate Amanda on her journalism début, I disagree with the verb “ignores” in the title. None of the source material supports the case that the West intentionally ignored or refused to take notice of the death of 45 Christian Syrians. Instead, given that the UN now estimates 2,563,434 Syrians are refugees, information on those in Sadad needs to be seen in context. Each individual life is important and sacred, in which case it is undoubtedly egregious to “over look” their fate. But, no malicious intent has been identified and to merely infer it, is not honest journalism.

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