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Orphaned Girls and 12 Nuns Abducted from Maaloula’s St Thecla Convent – The Farcical Tragedy of the Syria Crisis Continues

These last few days have been a rather interesting one for the conflict in Syria. A conflict that we should cite has run a course of some 3 years, which initially was presented to the world by America, Israel and certain Gulf Arab and European countries as a popular uprising against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime that would herald democracy, freedom and clean up corruption. As part of this narrative, these same countries announced via various departments that they would pledge to help and finance these insurgents to achieve these desired goals. Yet after some 3 years since it began, the world has come to realise that the Syria crisis is another great farce as the pretext for the removal of Hussein in Iraq and Qaddafi in Libya. The words of the late father of President Bashar Al-Assad, Hafez, have come back to haunt the world regarding similar efforts enacted against the Syrian state and its people back in 1976-1982, when a bloody war was waged against the Muslim Brotherhood. Just as it happened in that conflict, today’s crisis bears witness to the fact that the majority of the “rebels” (or more aptly termed “terrorist lackeys”) are Islamist mercenaries coming from other countries outside of Syria. Some of these mercenary jihadist scum, belong to America’s supposed sworn enemy Al-Qaeda that had claimed responsibility for the destruction of the twin towers in New York, and whom America today is financing and arming in Syria, (-a bizarre irony if there ever was one, but in considering this strange scenario, one has to ask as to whether September 11 was a set-up, but time will tell when someone will gain access to classified documents).

And just like in the case of Iraq and Libya, many pretexts and wild accounts have been invented, or obvious realities utilised to provide the justification for the overthrow of the Assad regime and the use of force to be applied upon the Syrian people. Yet the world has not forgotten that pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction within Iraq proved false, or that the strikes on Libya occurred within such a brief stretch of time that the world was not able to take stock of what was the reality on the ground or public feeling. Much to the annoyance of those who sought to “remake” Syria, the task was not quick, thus allowing many people to realise that what has been said or asserted are lies or half truths. But one thing can be said, is that it certainly speaks volumes when you have Syrians who are sworn enemies of the present Assad regime enlisting with government forces to fight the supposed “rebels” who are purported to be Syrians, fighting for Syrian interests.  

Nevertheless the conflict still continues even after revelations that the extensive use of biological and chemical weapons were employed by “rebels” as opposed to the accusations levelled against government forces. In spite of Syria making tentative efforts to open weapon facilities and destroy its arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, still there is an effort to conitnue supporting rebels and the “conflict”. Despite numerous civilians being killed, disappearing, or sacred sites and homes desecrated by “rebels”, there is still support for conflict. In spite of the desire of Syrians themselves to engage peacefully in dialogue, there is continued support for insurgents. Despite the massacre and persecution of Syria’s various religious and ethnic minorities by “rebels”, there is silence. The desecration and destruction of sacred sites, or the abduction and killing Christian clergy, including 2 prominent bishops of Aleppo, by the so-called “Syrian rebels” are overlooked or swept to the side. Or the fact that one of the world’s most treasured cultural-historical sites like Maaloula had many of its inhabitants tortured or butchered during one the town’s most sacred and celebrated events, while its sacred sites were also despoiled, all because the town’s inhabitants refused  to join in the fighting on either side. Yet ironically the rebels ended up pushing its inhabitants towards supporting the Assad regime, where previously they sought to remain neutral. The world held its breath, but the advocates of conflict sought to impose military strikes and continue to support the rebels.

Thankfully the pro-conflict advocates have been thwarted temporarily, but they continue their subversive actions against a whole nation which has galvanised behind its leader whether they support him or hate him, for all the good and bad he has done. Yet this week, those same advocates of conflict have changed tact to state the obvious regarding the human rights violations of the Syrian government engaged in a protracted 3 year war against terrorism that they had created and supported. The effort is now apace to try and secure a prosecution against Mr Assad for his role, and that of his subordinates, in violating “human rights”. The farce is when you consider the record of many US department officials and politicians such as Henry Kissinger or the Bushes, one but cannot help but laugh and cry and the imbecility and inconsistency in the argument of prosecuting on the grounds of “human rights”. Especially when one considers that during this same period of time, the Obama administration’s Islamist, “Free Syria” allies have re-entered the town of Maaloula, and amongst their many heinous acts, gone and abducted 12 nuns and female orphans from the ancient and sacred convent of St Thecla’s. For what purpose? To ransom, to kill, to terrorise, or more likely, to rape? After all according to these jihadists, these are only “infidel” females captured as part of the “spoils of war” and to which the Quranic and Sunna protocols of war gives them free range to do whatever they wish. And should anyone doubt or call into question their claim or belief, they can draw upon 1,400 years of historical and legal precedence as clear interpretation of these protocols, as well as the Charter of Umar and the consensus of the Islamic scholars regarding these matters even in peace-time or the status of non-Muslims in Islamic society (dhimmitude).

But in returning to the point regarding the abduction of orphaned girls and nuns, it was these same jihadists who in September had harrassed the same convent, holding guns over the nuns and its abbess to “go on record” when being filmed for Youtube, to state that the “rebels” were not causing any serious trouble and that they had been treated well. Remember such a statement was made at gunpoint by the allies of those who are seeking to press charges against Mr Assad for human rights violations. The same allies who now have abducted orphaned girls, most of whom are not even past the age of consent, along with 12 nuns who not engaged in any fighting and have dedicated themselves to non-political pursuits, but solely to serve God. Their crime being the fact that they breathe and that they believe something different. Many things more can be said, but I cite these things briefly before one proceeds to read on. But I would encourage you as the reader, to also look at the many other articles that are published on Syria upon this weblog, as well as to undertake your own research. (-My own thoughts is that I am no advocate of Mr Assad nor of violence. It has to be said that Mr Assad does recognise that they way things have been done in past, cannot continue, and has made some concerted efforts to moving away and preparing the country for its process of transition, allowing freer use of the internet has been central to that point.)

Abbess Pelagia Sayyaf of St Thecla Monastery

SYRIA: ISLAMIST REBELS ABDUCT 12 NUNS FROM ORTHODOX MONASTERY IN MAALOULA

Damascus, December 2, 2013

Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula (north of Damascus). Mgr Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus, confirmed the information after speaking with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate. Through the Vatican diplomat, the latter “calls on all Catholics to pray for the women religious.”

“Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula this afternoon. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious,” Mgr Zenari said, citing a statement from Patriarchate. The group of Islamist rebels has apparently taken them to Yabrud, some 80 km north of the capital. Neither the nuncio nor the church Greek Orthodox Church know reason behind the kidnapping.

Islamist Rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had invaded the small town on 5 September after driving out regime troops with the support of al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Brigades. After taking control of the city, they went on a rampage against Christian buildings, killing three young Catholic men.

More than 3,000 people, the town’s entire Christian population, fled their homes seeking refuge in Bab Touma, the Christian quarter of Damascus. Some found shelter with relatives in Lebanon or in local Greek-Catholic convents.

Only Muslims were left in town, plus 40 nuns at the St Thecla Monastery who stayed to help care for dozens of orphaned children.

As of yesterday, Maaloula became again the scene of heavy fighting between the army and Syrian rebels, including many members of the extremist Jabat-al-Nusra militia.

Clashes are concentrated mostly in the upper, oldest part of the town, where the St Thecla Greek-Orthodox and the Sts Sergius and Bacchus Greek-Catholic monasteries are located.

From there, the rebels have launched repeated attacks against army positions in the lower part of town.

Fighting is intensifying, sources told AsiaNews. ”The army is trying to regain control over the villages north of Damascus. For this purpose, it has launched a major offensive against the rebels, who are trying to hold government forces back through a scorched earth policy in the areas under their control.”

Global Research

03 / 12 / 2013

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/66391.htm

FSA-NUSRA INVADE ANCIENT MAALOULA AGAIN AND ABDUCT NUNS AND ORPHANS FROM ST. THECLA CONVENT

After the first joint terrorist raid in early September by the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) on the ancient Syrian town of Maaloula, known for its special Christian heritage with Aramaic still being spoken by its residents today, and that ended up with the Syrian Army expelling the terrorists from the town, a repeated scenario has taken place over the last couple of days. However, this time, as much as 12 nuns and several orphans were reportedly kidnapped by the terrorists from the Mar Takla (St. Thecla) convent and taken to Yabroud. Jabhat al-Nusra has been reported by local sources to have burnt homes and churches in Maaloula, a town that presents no strategic significance to its occupiers. This type of attack on a serene minority (Christian in this case) village by the extremist militants only showcases the real intent behind their attacks.

Sources: Asianews.it, al-Manar TV

MAALOULA: ISLAMIST REBELS ABDUCT 12 NUNS FROM THE ST THECLA ORTHODOX MONASTERY
The sisters were abducted this afternoon when a group of armed men stormed the monastery. For Vatican nuncio Mgr Mario Zenari and the Greek Orthodox Church, the rebels have taken the nuns to Yabrud, a city 80 km from Damascus.

Damascus (AsiaNews) – Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula (north of Damascus). Mgr Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus, confirmed the information after speaking with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate. Through the Vatican diplomat, the latter “calls on all Catholics to pray for the women religious.”

“Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula this afternoon. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious,” Mgr Zenari said, citing a statement from Patriarchate. The group of Islamist rebels has apparently taken them to Yabrud, some 80 km north of the capital. Neither the nuncio nor the church Greek Orthodox Church know reason behind the kidnapping.

Islamist Rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had invaded the small town on 5 September after driving out regime troops with the support of al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Brigades. After taking control of the city, they went on a rampage against Christian buildings, killing three young Catholic men.

More than 3,000 people, the town’s entire Christian population, fled their homes seeking refuge in Bab Touma, the Christian quarter of Damascus. Some found shelter with relatives in Lebanon or in local Greek-Catholic convents.

Only Muslims were left in town, plus 40 nuns at the St Thecla Monastery who stayed to help care for dozens of orphaned children.

As of yesterday, Maaloula became again the scene of heavy fighting between the army and Syrian rebels, including many members of the extremist Jabat-al-Nusra militia.

Clashes are concentrated mostly in the upper, oldest part of the town, where the St Thecla Greek-Orthodox and the Sts Sergius and Bacchus Greek-Catholic monasteries are located.

From there, the rebels have launched repeated attacks against army positions in the lower part of town.

Fighting is intensifying, sources told AsiaNews. “The army is trying to regain control over the villages north of Damascus. For this purpose, it has launched a major offensive against the rebels, who are trying to hold government forces back through a scorched earth policy in the areas under their control.”

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  1. Hundreds of Turkish residents fighting in Syria on the side of militants
    Ankara, November 28, 2013

    About 500 residents of Turkey have crossed the border with Syria since 2011 in order to join militants who have been fighting there, said in a report of the Turkish Ministry for Internal Affairs, published on Wednesday.

    According to the document, the Turkish citizens have been fighting on the side of al-Nusra Front and The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, connected with al-Qaeda.

    Authors of the report, based on the information of the Turkish Intelligence service and police, point out the fact that 13 citizens of Turkey from al-Nusra Front were killed in Syria. Besides, since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, 75 more people who came from Turkey have been killed there.

    Sedmitza.ru
    02 / 12 / 2013

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