Catholic World News reports, Jan. 9, 2014, that Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, the Syrian Catholic archbishop of Hassaké-Nisibi, is sounding the alarm that even so-called “moderate” rebel factions in the ongoing Syrian civil war intend to turn the country into an Islamist state.
Hindo told the Fides news agency, “Christians will be glad if the so-called revolution opens the path to democracy and freedom. But now even opposition groups linked to the Free Syrian Army — which are presented as moderate compared to jihadist formations — have come together under the Islamist flag, and they say that in the new Syria the sharia law will have to be applied, because this is what the majority wants. This is a perspective that Christians cannot accept.”
Please note that the Obama administration precisely is supporting the rebels, “moderates” and jihadists, in the Syrian civil war by supplying them with training and arms.
- “Insanity: Obama admin considering closer ties with Syrian jihadists,” Dec. 17, 2013.
- “Pulitzer-award journalist says Obama admin made up intelligence for war on Syria,” Dec. 9, 2013.
- “CIA expands Obama-approved training of Syrian militants,” Oct. 4, 2o13.
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