The broken Arab Spring record* just keeps playing the same line.
*For those who are not familiar with American English slang/idiomatic phrases, a broken record/album refers to the old vinyl records that, if they were scratched, caused the needle to continually skip back to the last-played line/part of the song with each revolution and thus keep repeating itself. I have a bad habit of falling back on slang and phrases that are not well known outside the US. With the advent of cassettes, CD's and digital files for music or other audio storage, even younger Americans may have no idea what it means.
Hat tip to Jihad Watch.
Bolding is added.
"Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - A terrorist attack hit innocent Christian faithful and innocent Druzes in the area of Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus: yesterday, August 28, at 2 pm, a bomb in a car was detonated while a crowd of faithful, families, elderly people, women and children, were heading to the cemetery to bury two young people. The two had died the day before, on August 27, also victims of an IED. As the crowd, after the funeral, was accompanying the deceased to the burial, a taxi exploded causing 12 deaths (according to other sources 27), including 5 children, and injuring more than 50 people. In Jarmana about 600 thousand people live, mostly religious minorities: there are 250 thousand Christians (Assyrians, Armenians, Chaldeans, Melkites, Orthodox and other denominations), as well as Druzes and about 120 thousand Iraqi refugees, who fled to Syria in past years.
As reported by Fides sources in Damascus, the Christians in the suburbs of Jaramana (south-west of Damascus) and Zamalka (South-East of the city) are under pressure from armed groups jiahdisti and are terrified. Today in Zamalka a family of Armenian Christians was found murdered, and all members of the family horribly decapitated. The execution brings to mind the work of radical Islamist Salafis.
These acts, which affect innocent people, have generated anger and confusion in the Christian community. A leader of the Latin Catholic community of Damascus, who requested anonymity, told Fides: "These are terrorist acts: we do not know who is behind, some are groups that want to destroy Syria. Armed gangs of jihadists have begun to sow terror. The point is that even in the West, Christians are often portrayed as friends of the regime or collaborators of the repression, but it is not true. Christians are with the Syrian people and just want peace. But this propaganda gives terrorist groups, infiltrators among the rebels, a pretext to attack us." (PA) (Agenzia Fides 29/08/2012)"
Our sources, for security reasons do not wish to be named, said that "although no threats were made against Christians [There have actually been mnay threats as noted n previous posts], there is growing fear in our community. What is feared are mercenaries and other foreign fighters, some belonging to Al Qaeda. It is these that scare us. With the Syrians, dialogue is possible because we identify ourselves as children of the same nation, but with foreign mercenaries who will defend us?, especially because as Christians we excluded to defend our neighborhoods with arms, because we want to be elements of peace," concludes the sources of Fides"
It is time that Russia fixes the mess created by GW Bush and perfected by Obama. A move into Syria would be the first logical step. Russia has a naval base in the region, and Lebanon could be occupied at the same time. Once her position is consolidated, the message can be put out that no further acts of violence against Christians in the region will be tolerated. Call him a thug if you want but don't dismiss the man - if I heard such a warning from from Putin, I would not doubt that he was serious.
I would not doubt that such a bold move would result in throngs of foreign volunteers to assist Russia in her efforts. The UN, with its massive Muslim nation voting bloc, will go bananas, but who cares? Unless I misunderstand this, Russia can still exercise a Security Council veto."