Thursday, February 6, 2014

McCain Reportedly Abusive to Syrian Christian Delegation

As I have been unable to fund any mention of this in other media outlets, I can't vouch for it's accuracy. I will. though, note that I have thus far found Judicial Watch to be a credible source.

It is no secret that Senator John McCain is the grossest warmonger in the United States and that he seems to be enamored with radical Islamic groups. His unchecked enthusiasm for military action in Syria has been noted in several precious posts (one below* others can be found with the search bar on the page). His callous - and indeed, sinful  indifference to the plight of Syrian Christians (again, numerous posts can be accessed via the search bar) is also well known.


Considering McCain's seemingly pathological desire to oust Assad and bring about Islamist rule in Syria, this report from Judicial Watch is not hard for me to believe:

"Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.

The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have been largely silent on the ordeal of the Christians in Syria.

A number of churches have been destroyed or burned, children were killed when rebels fired mortar rockets at an Armenian Christian school in Damascus and countless others have been abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation reveals in a statement published by the research group, Westminster Institute, that brought them to Washington. Eleven nuns have also been abducted and are still in captivity and two bishops are still missing after getting kidnapped during a humanitarian mission.
But Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, evidently doesn’t want to hear negative stories about the rebels he’s working to arm. So he stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials last week...........

McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. “He was incredibly rude,” the source told Judicial Watch “because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.” Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.

The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain’s disturbing outburst. “Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain’s behavior,” according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. “It was truly unbelievable.”

Not really, for those familiar with McCain’s history on this matter. The veteran lawmaker is enamored with a controversial young “Syria expert,” Elizabeth O’Bagy, [See below*] who has managed to convince him as well as the president and secretary of state that Syrian rebels are mostly moderate and not terrorists. While persuading the U.S. of this, O’Bagy concealed that she was a political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a group that advocates for Syria’s rebels from Washington D.C.

Before getting exposed by conservative media outlets, O’Bagy claimed to be an objective analyst at a Washington D.C. think-tank that studies military affairs when in fact she had a “reputation as the leading expert on the armed opposition in the Syrian revolution,” according to SETF. In September O’Bagy was abruptly fired from the think-tank for padding her resume and McCain graciously hired her. “Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year,” McCain said in a statement to the political news publication that broke the story in late September........"

One must keep in mind that Christians from the Middle and Near East do not act anything like the Catholics, Mainline Protestants, or Evangelicals with whom we are more familiar. Having spent the last 1,400 years under Islamic rule, they are never boisterous, heavy-handed in their demands, nor do they do anything that is likely to cause a knee-jerk reaction from Muslims. They are extremely cautious in their choices of words and even more so in the manner in which those words are delivered.

They have no choice. The mob has been whipped up against them countless times since the days following the Arab Muslim conquests of the late 7th and early 8th centuries. It continued through the last days of Ottoman rule, and continues today.

That's what makes McCain's reported actions all the more atrocious and cruel. These people are very careful and gentle in their approach, especially when they ask for help, and the Senator who resides in a nice and safe nation treats them like garbage.

Even with the virtual media blackout on violence against Christians  we have still seen how quickly the mob will turn out and employ violence if they decide that a simple act brief remark was offensive to them. We are all aware of the killing and raping of innocents that ensued immediately following the Mohammed cartoons and the quote of Byzantine Emperor Manuel II that former Pope Benedict made to illustrate the fact that Islam has been spread - in almost all cases*, by violence.

* I believe that Indonesia is the only exception.

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