by Dr. D ~ March 20th, 2012
Bashar and Asma al-Assad, President and first-wife of Syria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last year with the coming of the ‘Arab Spring,’ the popular notion projected and supported by the Western media was that oppressed people in the Middle East were rising up against their long-time ruthless dictators seeking Western-style democracy.
Since that time, in every country where a ruler has been overthrown he has been replaced by a more radical Islamist sharia establishing government. This has been the case in Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and it is going that way in Egypt. It is also increasingly the case in Iraq since the American troops went home.
Currently much the same ‘Arab Spring’ language is being used by the news media concerning the civil war going on in Syria. The popular opinion in the West and in the USA is that Bashar al-Assad must go and many support Western involvement in helping the rebels overthrow this bloodthirsty dictator. However, few are taking the time to figure out who would fill the void and take over once Assad is gone. Would the alternative government be better or worse? Many would ask how it could possibly be worse.
Here’s one thing we do know, it could be far worse for the Christians who make up roughly 10% of the Population of Syria. None of the Christians are fighting against the Basher al-Assad regime because that government has extended considerable freedom to the Christian community and has substantially protected them.
Sources within the Christian community identify the opposition to Basher as being radical Islamists who favor the establishment of a strict sharia government along with severe restrictions upon Christianity. If Basher al-Assad goes, the Christian community in Syria has no illusions that things would be better for them. The truth is that it could be far worse and the expectation is that what happened to Christians in Iraq would happen in Syria also following the fall of the current regime.
This runs counter to all of the popular media opinion, but the elimination of Basher al-Assad could well be a disaster for the Christians there and bring a more radical Islamist government to power. One clue that the media seems to be ignoring is that fact that al Qaeda is supporting the rebels against Assad.
Please do not misunderstand, I am not supporting Basher al-Assad who is a bloodthirsty dictator with little regard for the lives of his people. I am only taking clues from the Syrian Christian community who are concerned that the alternative solution and cure could be far worse, at least for them. Regardless of the outcome, the Christian community in Syria has a lot to lose.
Here’s an article by Raymond Ibrahim that explores the situation in Syria from the perspective of the Christian minority: “The Fate of Syria”