There’s a part of me that sometimes wonders whether one of America’s goals in the Middle East was to destroy Christian communities that had existed for thousands of years.
Think about it:
We overthrew and killed Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and thus removed a protector of Christians in the region.
We destabilized Egypt by aiding the Arab Spring, and thus ignited vicious persecution of the Copt Christians.
We aided Israel in the Lebanese Civil War during the 80’s, and most recently have gone after groups like Hezbollah that actually allow Christians to join and fight on their side.
And last but not least Syria – at least this venture is thankfully coming to an end thanks to a hopeful withdrawal of troops, and a nice supply of S-300 missiles courtesy of Russia.
Syria, which saw large parts of its territory liberated from Islamists this year, is celebrating Christmas with pre-war fervor, hoping that the war is nearing its end as militant control dwindles and foreign actors leave.
The bloodshed in Syria has affected everyone in the country, yet its religious minorities have undoubtedly seen the worst, having faced extreme persecution by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists and other hardline Islamists regarding their beliefs. In areas under IS rule, celebrating Christmas was out of the question. Now, as peaceful life returns to the country, things are changing for the better.
Recently, one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees was unveiled in the capital city of Damascus. A large crowd of people, many dressed in Christmas costumes, gathered to celebrate the occasion, dancing and singing.
“This is a carnival parade … in order to light up the tallest tree in Damascus which is 30 meters tall, in addition to nativity grotto, with a lot of love and happiness for everyone,” one of the bystanders told RT’s video agency Ruptly, adding that it was a message “from the heart of Damascus to the entire world.”
“We are now in 2018, we thank God that we reached this period, because we could neither celebrate appropriately, nor was their happiness in Syria, but we are very happy this year, and thank God that all of us are gathered to celebrate together,” a bystander said.
This year's Christmas in Syria is reminding me of Christmas before war and i just love it.
Damascus – Dec. 2018 ? pic.twitter.com/GeLkl7CdaR
— Maram (@maramkasem) December 22, 2018
— Partisangirl ?? (@Partisangirl) December 23, 2018
I will forever treasure this moment.
When asking for directions in Ghouta, children swarmed to see the Santas in the car
We then had to make this a special moment for them to remember
A mother told us that this is the first time she sees her child happy since Ghouta was liberated pic.twitter.com/Gs3Ab4XSaa
— ???? ??????? (@HadiNasrallah) December 23, 2018
Just as a side note – Nationalists typically point out the difficulty in truly red-pilling Evangelicals in the United States, but I’ve personally found that stressing the massacre of Christians in the Middle East helps a great deal.
Basically if you can get people to realize that conditions were safer and more tolerant for Christians before the arrival of American (and Israeli) influence, then you’re essentially three-quarters of the way there.
The brighter and more open-minded ones will finish the journey themselves, while the others might just have to have a copy of the Talmud shoved in front of them to get the point across.