The Christian Genocide in Syria: An Interview with Yasmine

Posted on March 23, 2017

[ Ed. note – There is a genocide of Christians taking place in Syria. The above is a photo I first posted back in 2014. It shows destruction at the Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady in the Syrian city of Yabroud, and is one of a series of photos I published at the time. The pictures were taken shortly after the city was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah forces.

British reporter Robert Fisk was on hand when the city was liberated and wrote: “The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady is a place of shame, of burnt copies of the New Testament, paintings slashed with knives – many were lying in strips of gold and red fabric beside the altar’s broken cross – and mosaics chiselled from the walls.”

Fisk also mentioned that the terrorists had “gouged out the eyes of the mosaic saints.”

You can go here to access the original post. In it I wrote the following:

What is on display in these photos is not merely abomination and sacrilege; it is loathing and hatred of the spirit of Christ; it is detestation for everything Jesus taught, malice and abhorrence at the mere mention of his name; contempt for his memory. Where does this kind of hatred of Christ come from? What accounts for it?

It’s not an easy question to answer. But clearly the hatred is there. In the same post I noted that the terrorists in Syria were being backed by “the West, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.”

Today, three years later, the terrorist proxy armies in Syria are operating under different names in some cases, but the same ideology, the same hatred of Christ, is still in evidence. And the mainstream media, as before, don’t seem terribly interested in what’s going on. Apparently the tweets of Donald Trump are considered more newsworthy than the murder of Christians in Syria. And when occasionally a news organization does report on the issue, as in the case of this AFP report filed in November of last year, the media spin given seems deliberately designed to convey the false impression that it is the “regime forces” who are intent on destroying churches, not the innocent, Western-democracy-loving “rebels.”

Of course, as the photo below would suggest, it is not, I repeat, not Syrian President Bashar Assad who is waging genocide against Christians. Assad has been president since the year 2000, and prior to the outbreak of the conflict six years ago, Syrian Christians lived in peace and prosperity, free to practice their faith. The hatred of Christ I spoke of is far more likely to be harbored by those who  are backing the terrorists, rather than those actually and genuinely fighting them.  The latter, of course, would be Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

All of which, in a roundabout way, leads me to the following. Recently a Syrian-American writer by the name of Sarah Abed posted an interview she conducted with an Aramean Syriac Orthodox woman named “Yasmine.” The name is an alias. The city of Damascus is nicknamed the “City of Jasmine” (or Yasmine in Arabic). Abed writes:

Yasmine contacted me on Facebook recently after reading my articles and posts. We discussed the situation there and her frustration with the lies being reported. I asked if she would want to tell her story, she eagerly agreed. Shortly after our talk her Facebook account was blocked and she hasn’t been able to come back on Facebook since then. Also, oddly enough only my messages are visible from our conversation. A few days ago her friend reached out to me and asked for my email and she sent me “Memoir of a Syrian girl” detailing her experience living in Damascus before and during the war. I will be putting that in a separate article. I asked her as a Christian in Syria if she would be willing to answer some questions and she agreed.

Yasmine is an engineer who also holds an MBA degree. She was born in Al Qamishly, in the northeast of Syria, but grew up in Damascus, where she resides at this time. Below is an excerpt from her interview with Abed. The letters “KSA” in the interview refer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ]


Q: When the West’s terrorist proxies slaughter and commit genocide against the indigenous Christian population, as they did, for example, in Kessab, Syria, are they attempting to “erase history”?

A: Not only history, When Wahhabists started in KSA they destroyed everything that has relation to history, even the grave of the prophet is destroyed, they do not care for it, in Afghanistan they destroyed statues that were thousands years old, they are a destruction machine of everything that has to do with civilization.

Q: When Western terrorists occupy towns like Maloula, Syria, and destroy Christian religious icons is this an attempt to erase history?

A: They want to destroy the history and Christianity, Christians were always targeted by those radicals, it is their ideology to not accept any one who is different.

Q: When the Western terrorists target Muslim and/or Christian communities, are they, or their Imperial masters, attempting to destroy the country by creating sectarian warfare?

A: Of course, the sectarian warfare serves the agenda, it was the plan for ME to be in perpetual state of chaos, which in the days of Bush jr was called the creative chaos or constructive chaos, this chaos serves Israel.

Q: Are the imperialists attempting to create warring ethnic and/or religious enclaves?

A: Of course, it is their targeted, the religion is the opium of nations, it is the method to lead the whole destruction game

Q: Are the Empire’s divide and conquer strategies in Syria working, or does most of the Syrian population remain unified?

A: There must have been some who sympathise with Wahhabists, and these will never seize to exist unless the world fights the source of them, the sources of Wahhabist ideology are in Egypt and KSA, and unless they are totally fought, they will always have followers around the world. Another thing to be honest, A regime like Bashar Assad was able to protect us from those minority, also in the days of Hafez Assad we were protected, If you like to name him a dictator go ahead, but please do not tell me the west is protecting us. Hafez Assad was protecting us, Bashar Assad is protecting us…

Continued here

Damascus–the city of Jasmine

I had a chance to visit Damascus in 2014. It is indeed a beautiful city…

Interview with Filmmaker Leila Sansour

Last month I put up a post on the film “Open Bethlehem,” and specifically I linked to a podcast discussion about the documentary that was posted by the folks at We Hold These Truths. Directed by Leila Sansour, the film deals with the apartheid wall now encircling the birthplace of Jesus and its impact upon the people who live there.

Sansour, who is a native of Bethlehem and whose father was a founder of Bethlehem University, was recently interviewed over BBC radio. In the interview she discusses why she left Bethlehem in her teen years and why she returned there to make the film she did.

If you would like to watch the full documentary, it is available here for a $4.50 charge. Below is a two-minute trailer.


You can also visit the Open Bethlehem website as well as Peace in Our Name.

Daesh Crimes against Christians in Sinai

French presidential hopeful expresses her support for Assad

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has expressed her pro-Syria and pro-Christian views on her recent visit to Lebanon on Monday.

The head of the National Front called Syrian President Bashar Assad “the most reassuring solution for France” and emphasized that to “eradicate” ISIS is the best way to protect the Christian minority, not turning them into refugees.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was told from the presidential hopeful that there is “no viable and workable solution” to the Syrian war beyond choosing between Assad and ISIS.

“I clearly explained that in the political picture the least bad option is the politically realistic. It appears that Bashar al Assad is evidently today the most reassuring solution for France.”

“The way to protect the Christian minority is to eradicate those who have a vision of destroying all the minorities.”

“For me to protect Christians is to make sure the Christians stay in their countries,” not become refugees, she said.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard interviewed after her trip to Syria (UPDATED)

January 26, 2017


Normally, I would never post an interview by CNN, but Gabbard is so good that I will make an exception.  Also, at a time when we hammered on a daily basis with images of ugly feminist freaks in the media, it is simply wonderful to see a true lady with courage, intelligence and femininity like Tulsi Gabbard.  She is exactly the kind of person the USA need so desperately nowadays.


The Saker


UPDATE: Make sure to also check this excellent dossier on the The Greanville Post


Heroic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard: The Syrian People Desperately Want Peace (w. Video evidence)

Heroic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard: The Syrian People Desperately Want Peace (w. Video evidence)

By Tulsi Gabbard

Soldier. Veteran. Surfer. Member of Congress. Doing my best to be of service.

Pres. Assad: In the crosshairs of the US Neocons and NATO for many years. His refusal to do Washington’s bidding attracted the wrath of the empire. The main tormentor and butcher of his people is the retiring war criminal Barack Obama and his Neocon crew of global hegemonists.
As much of Washington prepared for the inauguration of President Donald Trump, I spent last week on a fact-finding mission in Syria and Lebanon to see and hear directly from the Syrian people. Their lives have been consumed by a horrific war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians and forced millions to flee their homeland in search of peace. It is clear now more than ever: this regime change war does not serve America’s interest, and it certainly isn’t in the interest of the Syrian people.
We met these children at a shelter in Aleppo, whose families fled the eastern part of the city. The only thing these kids want, the only thing everyone I came across wants, is peace. Many of these children have only known war. Their families want nothing more than to go home, and get back to the way things were before the war to overthrow the government started. This is all they want.
I traveled throughout Damascus and Aleppo, listening to Syrians from different parts of the country…Their message to the American people was powerful and consistent: There is no difference between “moderate” rebels and al-Qaeda (al-Nusra) or ISIS — they are all the same. This is a war between terrorists under the command of groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda and the Syrian government. They cry out for the U.S. and other countries to stop supporting those who are destroying Syria and her people.

I traveled throughout Damascus and Aleppo, listening to Syrians from different parts of the country. I met with displaced families from the eastern part of Aleppo, Raqqah, Zabadani, Latakia, and the outskirts of Damascus. I met Syrian opposition leaders who led protests in 2011, widows and children of men fighting for the government and widows of those fighting against the government. I met Lebanon’s newly-elected President Aoun and Prime Minister Hariri, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard, Syrian President Assad, Grand Mufti Hassoun, Archbishop Denys Antoine Chahda of Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo, Muslim and Christian religious leaders, humanitarian workers, academics, college students, small business owners, and more.
Their message to the American people was powerful and consistent: There is no difference between “moderate” rebels and al-Qaeda (al-Nusra) or ISIS — they are all the same. This is a war between terrorists under the command of groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda and the Syrian government. They cry out for the U.S. and other countries to stop supporting those who are destroying Syria and her people.

A TRULY DANTESQUE VISION, A RIVER OF PEOPLE FLEEING THEIR HOMES AND A BRUTAL ENEMY. BUT WHO CREATED THIS HELL? The Obama-supported CIA-engineered Syrian war has produced a tsunami of refugees, not to mention destroyed much of Syria and caused the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. By what standard is that not a self-evident, heinous international war crime? What moral right does the US have to commit these atrocities except the big lies it has deployed with the damnable complicity of the Western media? (Please click on this image to capture the true magnitude of this horror.)
I heard this message over and over again from those who have suffered and survived unspeakable horrors. They asked that I share their voice with the world; frustrated voices which have not been heard due to the false, one-sided biased reports pushing a narrative that supports this regime change war at the expense of Syrian lives.
I heard testimony about how peaceful protests against the government that began in 2011 were quickly overtaken by Wahhabi jihadist groups like al-Qaeda (al-Nusra) who were funded and supported by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the United States, and others. They exploited the peaceful protesters, occupied their communities, and killed and tortured Syrians who would not cooperate with them in their fight to overthrow the government.

I met these amazing women from Barzi, many of whom have husbands or family members who are fighting with al-Nusra/al-Qaeda, or with the Syrian army. When they come to this community center, all of that is left behind, as they spend time with new friends, learning different skills like sewing, making plans for their future. They were strangers before coming to this community center whose mission is empowering these women, and now they are “ sisters” sharing laughter and tears together.

Imet a Muslim girl from Zabadani who was kidnapped, beaten repeatedly, and raped in 2012, when she was just 14 years old, by “rebel groups” who were angry that her father, a sheep herder, would not give them his money. She watched in horror as masked men murdered her father in their living room, emptying their entire magazine of bullets into him.
I met a boy who was kidnapped while walking down the street to buy bread for his family. He was tortured, waterboarded, electrocuted, placed on a cross and whipped, all because he refused to help the “rebels” — he told them he just wanted to go to school. This is how the “rebels” are treating the Syrian people who do not cooperate with them, or whose religion is not acceptable to them.
Although opposed to the Assad government, the political opposition spoke strongly about their adamant rejection of the use of violence to bring about reforms. They argue that if the Wahhabi jihadists, fueled by foreign governments, are successful in overthrowing the Syrian state, it would destroy Syria and its long history of a secular, pluralist society where people of all religions have lived peacefully side by side. Although this political opposition continues to seek reforms, they are adamant that as long as foreign governments wage a proxy regime change war against Syria using jihadist terrorist groups, they will stand with the Syrian state as they work peacefully toward a stronger Syria for all Syrians.
Originally, I had no intention of meeting with Assad, but when given the opportunity, I felt it was important to take it. I think we should be ready to meet with anyone if there’s a chance it can help bring about an end to this war, which is causing the Syrian people so much suffering.


Imet these amazing women from Barzi, many of whom have husbands or family members who are fighting with al-Nusra/al-Qaeda, or with the Syrian army. When they come to this community center, all of that is left behind, as they spend time with new friends, learning different skills like sewing, making plans for their future. They were strangers before coming to this community center whose mission is empowering these women, and now they are “ sisters” sharing laughter and tears together.
I return to Washington, DC with even greater resolve to end our illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government. From Iraq to Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has waged wars of regime change, each resulting in unimaginable suffering, devastating loss of life, and the strengthening of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.
I call upon Congress and the new Administration to answer the pleas of the Syrian people immediately and support the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. We must stop directly and indirectly supporting terrorists — directly by providing weapons, training and logistical support to rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS; and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey, who, in turn, support these terrorist groups. We must end our war to overthrow the Syrian government and focus our attention on defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS.
The U.S. must stop supporting terrorists who are destroying Syria and her people. The U.S. and other countries fueling this war must stop immediately. We must allow the Syrian people to try to recover from this terrible war.
Thank you,

MAIN IMAGE: Tulsi’s own caption reads: “We met these children at a shelter in Aleppo, whose families fled the eastern part of the city. The only thing these kids want, the only thing everyone I came across wants, is peace. Many of these children have only known war. Their families want nothing more than to go home, and get back to the way things were before the war to overthrow the government started. This is all they want.”


Below: Videos with Tulsi presenting her case against US/NATO meddling in Syria. Note (in the case of CNN) the repeated efforts by the anchor to pollute Tulsi’s truth narrative with reference to the US State Dept. talking points and accusations of moral imbeciles like Adam Kinzinger, happily trotted out by war propaganda shills like CNN, CBS, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the rest of the complicit mainstream media. 


Below, with Blitzer, Oct. 21, 2015:

And here, forced to debate the obvious, with moral idiots like Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. She was also a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee until February 28, 2016, when she resigned in order to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Elected in 2012, she is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. She served in a combat zone in Iraq.


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Between Kabouji, Jerusalem’s process …. And the voice of the Arabs بين كبوجي وعملية القدس… وصوت العرب


Written by Nasser Kandil,

In many rare times the history sends unexplainable symbolic coincidences that cannot be accepted as mere coincidences, as the coincidence of the conjunction of the return of the body of the resistant Bishop Ilarion Kabouji from Rome to Beirut, who is a symbol of Jerusalem’s symbols and its icons, and the heroic martyrdom process of Fadi Qanbar the young man who drove his truck and ran over twenty-one injured as twenty-one bullets for the spirit of the Bishop who neither obtained the glorification of the rifles of any Arab army nor the artillery had opened fire at his farewell greeting. Jerusalem which the Syrian army is the only army among the Arab armies which still considers it the compass of its national security knows that the war which was waged against it is a war by proxy, so it excuses it, while the Lebanese resisting army was confined with settlements that observe it and make it under the influence of sects and the regional dependencies, so how the shots and the greetings, so it waits for it.

The value of Jerusalem’s process and its symbolic relation with the departure of the Syrian Bishop Kabouji after the liberation of Aleppo surpasses just the confidence that the Palestinian cause will remain and will not die, and surpasses the feeling of pride for the presence of a Palestinian Jerusalem youth that is persistent in fighting, does not recognize theories and the balances of powers which at their limits many armies, countries, parties, and organizations recoil in dread, and a Palestinian authority appeals for a negotiation. The process raises two issues at the intellectual level that need to be focused in front of the nations, elites, intellectuals, those who deal with the public affair, and the public opinion-makers, the first issue is the mechanical linking which is made by the Arab collective mind between every call to support the right cause and asking for a ready integrated clear recipe for achieving the victory, stemming from the absence of the ability to present such of this recipe for the withdrawal, even from the verbal support under the slogan of what will we benefit? And how will the owners of the issue get the benefit? The second issue is to hide behind an equation; its basis is what is the value of the words? Since the change is made by deeds and we do not have but the words?

Quite simply the matter is like that; the liberation of Palestine or some parts of it from any bargaining accomplished by the resistance against the occupation does not seem a current project, so does the project of attrition seem possible realistic project?, the facts which are shown by the confrontations and the acts of the resistance show that it is possible, realistic and may happen. The question here is; Are prolonging the conflict, preoccupying the occupier, and proving the apparent right, the cause, and the identity facts against the world which is blind toward the right as a mute Satan?. Are not they necessities for the transition from this bad time till the time of renaissance, and the change where there will be data that make the resistance which aims for liberation a legitimate project? Is not that attrition a consumption of the mental, material, intelligence, and tactic efforts of the enemy,  which the occupation and the settlement will suffer from and will be obliged due to this resistance to consume them in confronting it as a threat?. Is not it a resounding fact around the world, so the search for the reasons for these questions lead to the fact that the cause is still alive and it says that in vain you try to set the stability without a solution that recognizes the rights. Was not that the significance of the immortal word of Che Guevara “ We will continue screaming in order not to let this world sleeps with its weight over the helpless bodies”  who has the right to utter a statement of the absurdity of the scream and the attitudes as  the attrition of an enemy, occupier, and oppressor? Who has the right to judge with the uselessness of the confusion and the preoccupation if the termination is impossible? Even in the science of medicine the doctors become talking about antibiotics which they know that they are useless in curing the chronic diseases, but hoping to weaken them, till they find another way or till the Medicine reaches to what is more effective.

In the second issue, which is the issue of the words and saying, here we are not talking about the philosophy of religions and the thoughts which changed the world and which based on sayings, we will satisfy to respond to those who said about the uselessness of that saying, since we do not have the act. Therefore the invitation here is precisely to everyone who writes and communicates through the press and the satellite channels, to those who have the prestigious statuses as some leaders, writers, thinkers, or some celebrities and artists, even to everyone who has narrow scope of opportunities to promote a word that reaches to his friends who are active in the social media. The intention here is narrower than what some imagine, a devotion of a word once in a month as “we support you” and “we will not forget Palestine”, or republishing a saying or a poem, a greeting, or an attitude of a leader as Gamal Abdul Nasser, Hafez Al-Assad, Yasser Arafat, the President Bashar Al-Assad, and Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah, or a saying from the sayings of Al Imam Al Khomeini, a poem for Mahmoud Darwish to say to the youth of Palestine and its people that they are not alone and their cause is still the issue of the Arabs even if it is left by the rulers or betrayed by the leaderships. For those who do not know, let them know that the youth of Intifada and the resistance fighters are those who asked for that. They say that in each time Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah or the President Al-Assad say and devote a sufficient time for Palestine, their discussions revive and send in their souls and memories a determination that leads to such processes, but whenever the interviews and the speeches of the leaders who belong to the resistance axis resort in brief about Palestine, they feel of disappointment, anxiety, and weakness, they are searching and observing every word dedicated to Palestine, so do not think that your words without feasibility, they are the spirit which revive their hearts with strength and determination.

The Bishop said, and Fadi Qanbar did, so the occupation has stunned twice….. So just say…..  “VIVE PALESTINE” .

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

بين كبوجي وعملية القدس… وصوت العرب

يناير 9, 2017

ناصر قنديل
– يرسل التاريخ في أحيان نادرة مصادفات مرمزة غير مفسّرة، لا يمكن قبولها كمصادفات مجردة. منها هذه المصادفة بتزامن عودة جثمان المطران المقاوم ايلاريون كبوجي من روما إلى بيروت، وهو رمز من رموز القدس وإيقوناتها، مع العملية البطولية الاستشهادية لفادي قنبر. الشاب المقدسي الذي أشهر شاحنته ومضى يطلق العنان لها حتى حصدت إحدى وعشرين إصابة، بمثابة إحدى وعشرين طلقة لروح المطران الذي لم تصطفّ له بنادق جيش عربي أو تطلق له مدفعية مثلها في تحية الوداع. والقدس التي لم يبق إلا الجيش العربي السوري من بين جيوش العرب مَن يعتبرها بوصلة لأمنه القومي تعرف أن الحرب التي شنت عليه هي حرب شنّت عليها بالواسطة، فتعذره، بينما كبّل الجيش اللبناني المقاوم بتسويات تراقبه وتجعله تحت مجهر الطوائف والتبعيات الإقليمية وتحصي عليه الأنفاس فكيف الطلقات والتحيات، فتنتظره.

– قيمة عملية القدس وصلتها الرمزية برحيل المطران كبوجي السوري الحلبي، بعدما تحرّرت حلب، تتعدّى مجرد الثقة بأن القضية الفلسطينية باقية ولن تموت، وتتعدّى الشعور بالفخر لوجود شباب فلسطيني ومقدسي مثابر على القتال لا يعترف بنظريات موازين القوى التي تجبن عندها جيوش ودول وأحزاب ومنظمات، وسلطة فلسطينية تستجدي التفاوض. فالعملية تطرح قضيتين على المستوى الفكري تحتاجان للإضاءة أمام الشعوب والنخب والمثقفين ومتعاطي الشأن العام، وصنّاع الرأي العام: الأولى هي الربط الميكانيكي الذي يقيمه العقل العربي الجمعي بين كل دعوة لنصرة قضية محقة وطلب وصفة متكاملة جاهزة واضحة في بلوغ النصر، منطلقاً من غياب القدرة على تقديم مثل هذه الوصفة للانسحاب حتى من النصرة الكلامية، تحت شعار ماذا سنفيد وماذا سيستفيد أهل القضية. والثانية هي الاختباء وراء معادلة قوامها، ما هي قيمة الكلام والتغيير تصنعه الأفعال وما بيدنا غير الكلام؟

– ببساطة شديدة، الأمر يبدو كما يلي، أن تحرير فلسطين أو بعضها تحريراً نظيفاً من كل مساومة تنجزه مقاومة بوجه الاحتلال، لا يبدو مشروعاً راهناً. فهل يبدو مشروع الاستنزاف مشروعاً واقعياً ممكناً. الوقائع التي يقولها تتالي الانتفاضات والهبات والمواجهات وموجات المقاومة إنه ممكن وواقعي ويحدث. ليصير السؤال هل إدامة الصراع وإشغال المحتل وإثبات الحق الحي، والقضية والهوية كحقائق تصرخ بوجه العالم الساكت عن الحق كشيطان أخرس، أليست ضرورات الانتقال في زمن السوء حتى يحين زمن النهضة، وتتفتح زهور التغيير وتظهر معطيات تجعل المقاومة الهادفة للتحرير مشروعاً؟ أليس الاستنزاف استهلاكاً لجهود عقلية ومادية واستخبارية وتخطيطية للعدو، كانت ستذهب لتأبيد الاحتلال والاستيطان ويُضطر بسبب هذه المقاومة لاستهلاكها في مواجهتها كخطر، ثم أليست طرحاً مدوياً على مستوى العالم، لأسئلة عن أسبابها تفضي في أكثر من مكان لجعل القضية حية وتقول: عبثاً تحاولون إقامة استقرار من دون حل يعترف بالحقوق، أليس هذا مغزى كلمة تشي غيفارا الخالدة: سنبقى نصرخ حتى لا ينام هذا العالم بثقله فوق أجساد البائسين. مَن يملك الحق بإصدار الحكم بعبثية الصراخ والمواقف كاستنزاف لعدو ومحتل وظالم؟ مَن يملك الحق بالحكم بلا جدوى الإشغال والإرباك إذا استعصى الاستئصال، حتى في علم الدواء صار الأطباء يتحدثون عن مضادات يعلمون لاجدواها في إنهاء الأمراض المستعصية وتكتفي بإشغالها أملاً بإضعافها والتمكن منها بوسيلة أخرى، أو ريثما يكون الطب قد أوجد ما هو أجدى؟

– في المسألة الثانية وهي مسألة القول والكلام، وهنا لن نتحدث عن فلسفة الديانات والأفكار التي غيّرت العالم وكلّها تأسست من أقوال، سنكتفي بما هو مباشر رداً على الذين يقولون وما جدوى القول، ونحن لا نملك آلة الفعل. والقول المقصود هنا هو بالتحديد ما يملكه كل مَن يكتب ويتواصل عبر الصحافة والقنوات الفضائية لأصحاب المكانات المرموقة لبعض القادة والكتاب والمفكرين أو بعض المشاهير والفنانين، ومَن يملك فرصاً أضيق لكلمة تصل على نطاق أصدقائه من رواد وسائل الاتصال الاجتماعي. والقصد بالكلام هو أضيق مما يتخيّل البعض، تخصيص كلمة من نوع نحبك، ولن ننساك فلسطين في الشهر مرة، أو إعادة نشر قول أو قصيدة أو تحية أو موقف لقائد كجمال عبد الناصر أو حافظ الأسد أو ياسر عرفات أو الرئيس بشار الأسد والسيد حسن نصرالله، أو مقولة من مقولات الإمام الخميني أو قصيدة لمحمود درويش، للقول لشباب فلسطين وشعبه إنهم ليسوا وحدهم، وإن قضيتهم لا تزال قضية العرب، ولو تركها حكام وخانتها قيادات، ومَن لا يعلم فليعلم أن شباب الانتفاضة، والمقاومين هم مَن يطلب هذا، فيقولون إن كل مرة يتحدث فيها السيد حسن نصرالله أو الرئيس الأسد ويمنحان فلسطين وقتاً كافياً تنتعش نقاشات ومناخات وتتخزّن في الروح والذاكرة عزماً لا تنفصل عنه الروح التي تقف وراء العمليات المقاومة. وكلما تستهلك إطلالات وخطب القادة المنتمين لخط المقاومة قضايا تختصر مساحة فلسطين يشعر المقاومون بخيبة وقلق وضعف. ويضيف هؤلاء الشباب نتابع كل مَن تعلمون ولا تعلمون وننقّب عن كل كلمة وتحية لفلسطين، فلا تظنوا كلماتكم بلا جدوى إنها الروح التي تنعش قلوبنا وتفعم قلوبنا بالقوة والعزم فلا تنسونا.

– قال المطران وفَعَل القنبر، وأصيب الاحتلال بالذهول مرتين، قولوا هذا يكفي… تحيا فلسطين.

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Russian Soldiers Distribute Christmas Gifts to Syrian Children

Speaking on Tuesday of this week, CIA Director John Brennan accused Russia of waging a “scorched earth policy” in Syria. I think clearly we can see evidence of this in the above video.

All kidding aside, Christian charity seems very much alive in Aleppo, and Russian soldiers apparently are quite in the Christmas spirit (The Russian Orthodox celebration of Christmas takes place this Saturday, January 7). The children in the video reportedly are saying “Thanks Russia” in both Arabic and Russian.

The video below is a tad bit older, having been uploaded back in September of 2016, though a similar spirit of giving is very much on display.

But getting back to Brennan…

“What the Russians have done in Syria in terms of some of the scorched earth policies that they have pursued that have led to devastation and thousands upon thousands of innocent deaths–that’s not something that the United States would ever do in any of these military conflicts,” the CIA director said in an interview with PBS.

And perhaps predictably he also gave a back-handed slap to Wikileaks, referring to Julian Assange as “not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity,” while doing some Putin-bashing as well:

We see what he’s done in places like Crimea and Ukraine and in Syria. He tends to flex muscles, not just on himself, but also in terms of Russia’s military capabilities. He plays by his own rules in terms of what it is that he does in some of these theaters of conflict.

Playing by our “own rules” is of course something that the US and its “special” friend Israel both excel at, but I don’t suppose we’ll hear Brennan admit to that anytime soon. In any event, it’s good to see the children of Syria experiencing the joys of Christmas despite the scorched earth policies directed against them–not by Russia, of course, but by terrorists backed by the West and its allies.

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