West has ‘betrayed the Christians of the East’, says Syrian Patriarch

by Steve Ray on November 28, 2015

Syria, November 19, 2015: The head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Mar Ignace Youssif III Youan, has said the West has betrayed Syrians and caused an endless conflict in the country.

Speaking to Le Messenger, an Egpytian Catholic magazine, Youan spoke passionately about the “chaos” that Western governments have caused by ignoring the advice of Syrians, assuming that Assad’s regime could be destroyed in a few months, and now having faith in airstrikes as the answer when ISIS has thoroughly infiltrated Iraq, Syria and beyond.

“We Christians are not able to live in this chaos,” the Syrian Patriarch said. “The West has betrayed us.”

The patriarch accused Western governments of wanting to “perpetuate the endless conflict in Syria” and of having “betrayed the Christians of the East. We explained from the beginning that our situation was different from that of other nations in the region, they were not listened to. And now we mourn deaths over the past five years. ”

He described the current situation in Syria as “dramatic, and all the Syrian people are living in pain” as they are trapped under the regime of ISIS and other terrorist groups “who use Islam as an excuse to ‘purify’ areas under their control in the name of religion, and Muslim scholars who tell us that Islam is alien to these facts.

“It’s a shame that the West has abandoned Christians to this situation,” he said.

The patriarch said that terrorist groups, with financing from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the area, have thoroughly infiltrated Iraq and Syria, and there are now terrorists moving into Europe posing as refugees.

ISIS “have already infiltrated in European populations. For years they have received money, weapons and religious indoctrination from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries, with the supervision of the West. To claim that the solution is to carry out air strikes [in Syria and Iraq] is a lie”, he said.

This is futile, he said, “because their supporters have infiltraded the population, they are financed and have access to weapons and religious indoctrination.”

– christian today

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Tom Govern November 28, 2015 at 10:55 PM

Christians are such a minority that sadly, they do not count. The “West” has no idea of what to do. Leadership is lacking, “coalition” activities are not effective. We do not know the good guys from the bad. Only the people of the region can solve this. Let’s see the “peaceful” Muslims actually do something. Pray for peace and hope for those in the area.

Mark Alan November 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Sadly, I feel the article is correct. I think in our nation’s struggle (U.S.) to be “politically correct”, we’ve made some rather horrible decisions regarding foreign policy.

Daniel November 30, 2015 at 3:26 AM

Chaos now in ME and soon it will be spread all other nations mainly Europe & America.
Pope may have to intercede to the Lord God, like Abraham pleaded to save and spare the Nations out of the clutches of evil. Heart goes for all who suffer, may the Lord protect the faithful.
The world without Christ and Christians will be a disastrous place in agony.
If all Christian majority Countries wake up even now, we may see the ‘Kingdome of God’ here within us, as Jesus said. Keep the politics aside, bring out new laws to protect Christian Society and start religious holy war to attain peace. May be this Advent is the best time prepare to welcome Jesus Christ in the right way…
Jesus said ‘…..without me you can do nothing.’

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