A dear, humble man with the most beautiful smile sang the Lord’s Prayer for us in Aramaic on Good Friday.
Ma’aloula has been a Christian village since there were such things.
But it was almost gone.
America’s “moderate rebels” of the Free Syrian Army attacked it with a vengeance alongside Al Qaeda…as they always do.
Our “moderates” executed many who would not convert to their fake, twisted, violent, completely intolerant version of “Islam”.
The local men who had formed a militia to protect their homes were able to hold off the terrorists with the help of Hezbollah fighters until they could get almost all of the women and children out via ancient sewer tunnels.
Then US supported “moderate” terrorists ransacked the place, looted and vandalized the homes, businesses, churches, and orphanage.
They stole the priceless, ancient, unique icons and sold them to Israel, Europe, and Gulf countries.
After six months the Syrian armed forces and allies finalized the liberation of Ma’aloula. So many Muslims died defending that Christian village that is held precious by Syrians of all faiths and people groups.
When we visited they were honoring the second anniversary of that liberation.
So much is destroyed but they are rebuilding.
President Assad made the restoration of Ma’aloula a top priority. The Syrian Army protects the people who have moved back. Since I first visited one year ago I can see great progress already in spite of the terrible war in their country.
Its hard for me this morning, to write in such a way as to build bridges with Americans who have been lied to incessantly by our government, war-profiteering media, and NGOs masking themselves as humanitarian organizations while existing only to further political agendas…because I am filled with rage as I write this.
After the lies and horrors of Iraq and Libya are so obvious and so exposed now…why oh why do Americans continue their blind, ignorant and often arrogant support for the US war machine?
Oh, and Happy Easter.