The future of Christians in Syria
April 2, 2107
Although some of the Christian figures who used to be active members of the Syrian communist party allied with extremist Islamic groups that practiced terrorism long before the emergence of “ISIS”, the majority of Christian Syrian’s believe that they have only one threat, which is the opposition extremist groups that overwhelm the entire Syrian opposition, including the Syrian Free Army, they, however, feel safe in the areas controlled by the regime, where there were no cases of Christian refugees from those areas, due to the fact that man by instinct always looks for safety and protection.
The few Christians who joined the opposition are hypocrites, looking for privileges in return, this kind of hypocrisy is widely practiced in the Middle East (hypocrisy practiced by the minority for the majority).
It’s worth mentioning that the Christian figures who allied with extremist Islamic groups, have had no popular bases among Christians compared to the prominent clergy who strongly support the regime, for simple reasons, the most prominent are:
- Those figures (like Michel Chello and Georg Sabra) have no direct contact with the popular bases as they live outside the country.
- They have communist beliefs due to their background, and they are in no position to represent Christians of Syria as a sect.
- The Christian clergy in Syria enjoy a wide popularity among their people because they are close to their people and recognize their needs.
On the ground the Christians fight for the regime as if they are fighting to defend themselves in many ways:
- Within the regular army.
- Christian volunteers fight with the “Syrian National Socialist Party”. There are about 9,000 fighters, at least 6,000 of which are Christians.
- Through the National Defense Forces (a paramilitary).
The future of Christians in Syria is linked to the survival of the current civil state in Syria. Needless to say that the ruling forms adopted by the opposition are less “civil” than the current Syrian regime, where its literature lacks any values of tolerance towards any other sectarian component.
Although the opposition promotes its ideology as an open minded one, their actions on the ground show the complete opposite, which is expressed by their speeches of hatred that spells over Syria.