The Obama administration and its EU dhimmi allies continue on the path of dismantling any Middle Eastern government that is not run by Islamist thought and laws. Maronite Catholics of Lebanon, who have long suffered under persecution by Muslims of all sorts dynasties, fear the West-enforced overthrow of yet another regime, this time Syria, that at least made some effort to keep Christian from being sacked on a regular basis (In that nation).
Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, whose Maronite Church also has a strong presence in Syria, said change could not be brought to the Arab world by force and that Christians feared the turmoil was helping extremist Muslim groups.
“We are with the Arab Spring but we are not with this spring of violence, war, destruction and killing. This is turning to winter,” Rai told Reuters in Bkirki, seat of the Maronite church in hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea north of Beirut."......
“How can it be an Arab Spring when people are being killed every day?” he said. “They speak of Iraq and democracy, and one million Christians out of an original 1.5 million have fled Iraq.”
The patriarch said all communities in the Middle East were threatened by “war and violence, economic and security crises”, but Christians were particularly vulnerable because of their relatively small and dwindling numbers.
Maronites, who have a presence in Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus, follow an Eastern rite of the Roman Catholic church and number about 900,000 in Lebanon, around a quarter of the population."
Note that the Maronites, as shown on the first link with the word "Phoenecia" , generally do not refer to themselves as Arabs. Like the Copts of Egypt, the vast majority of Lebanese Christians are descended from the original/indigenous inhabitants of their respective nations. When Yasser Arafat, reaching for another angle in his quest to justify Palestinian claims to Israel, claimed that Palestinians are descended from Phoenecians and other Semitic peoples of the Levant prior to the arrival of the Hebrews, he was weakly trying to distance his group from that of the Arab conquerors. Leftists, in their own quest to negate any group's sense of identity, have often unfairly derided the position of the Maronites and others and go out of their way to argue, with no scientific proof, that the Lebanese are Arabs. The Left, like Islam, cannot tolerate a people being able to stake a claim to their ancestry or homeland.