So here is the nightmare. If the U.S., France, and some miscellaneous allies strike at the regime, they could conceivably so weaken it that it would collapse. Out of the ruins would emerge a radically anti-Western regime, which would kill or expel several million Christians and Alawites. This would be a political, religious, and humanitarian catastrophe unparalleled since the Armenian genocide almost exactly a century ago.I should add, though, that I do not agree with the professor's lumping Israel's military arsenal in with those of other chaotic or rogue regimes of the Middle East. Apparently even in lamenting the dire straits of Syrian Christians, some people just can't help lobbing a shot at the Jewish state too. But that's another blog post.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Eradicating Syria's Christian Communities
A friend of mine who has lived in Syria suggests this article by a history professor. Some 10-15% of the Syrian populace are Arab Christians, who are already under assault by jihadists. Here's a sobering thought: