Christians Suffer as U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Flounders

President Obama these days looks like a homeowner paralyzed in shock as he sees his house ablaze from across the street.  The White House is fine, but the president’s foreign policy in the Middle East is going up in smoke.  As Egypt implodes with escalating violence and the Syrian civil war rages into a second year, Islamists are using these windows of opportunity to lash out with attacks against Christian communities.  Even if President Obama were to break free of his paralysis, none of the major power players in the fast moving and shifting geopolitics of the region would listen to him because the United States has lost much of its prestige and credibility under Obama’s watch.

The Obama administration heaped effusive praise on the popular uprising in Egypt only two years ago.  The revolt led the Egyptian military to push aside President Hosni Mubarak after a three decade-long reign.  President Obama and his then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton were euphoric over the emergence of “democracy” in Egypt.  They supported the Muslim Brotherhood dominated government led by President Mohamed Morsi, who was elected in 2013 in reasonably free and fair elections.  President Obama stood by the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government even as the Egyptian people took again to the streets to protest its heavy-handed takeover of the reigns of institutional power and its incompetent management of the economy.

The Egyptian military, however, had other plans and once again used street violence as cover to mount a coup on 3 July 2013 against Morsi.  Although the Obama administration has strenuously avoided calling the military intervention a “coup” to avoid a legislatively mandated cut-off of American military assistance to Egypt, the military’s action “walks like a duck and quacks like a duck” making a denial of a military coup ridiculous.  The upshot of these events is that President Obama now finds himself hated by the Muslim Brotherhood—which given its militant Islamic ideology was never going to befriend the United States despite the Obama’s administration naiveté in thinking otherwise—resented by the Egyptian military because he opposed the military coup, and despised in the streets because it is easier for Egyptians to blame foreign conspirators for Egypt’s chaos than to blame themselves.

President Obama interrupted his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard rubbing elbows with the liberal elite to comment on the escalating violence in Egypt.  He announced the cancellation of a biannual joint military exercise with Egypt and called on protestors to do so peacefully, condemned the attacks, and, in passing, mentioned attacks on churches. It was a remarkably light reference given that President Obama’s foreign policy has focused on supporting democracies in the Middle East.  As anyone knows, key characteristics of democracies beyond elections and divided powers are the protection of freedom of speech, religion, and minorities.

The president’s passing comment about church attacks belied the wide and deep campaign of Islamist violence against Christians who make up an estimated ten percent of Egypt’s nearly ninety million people.  Islamists are settling scores, in part, for the Christian community’s support of the military regime.  More than 60 churches and church-affiliated institutions such as schools, orphanages, monasteries, and shops were attacked, damaged, and often set on fire throughout the country, killing numerous Christians.  In one illustrative incident, Islamists torched a Franciscan school and proceeded to parade three nuns like prisoners of war down city streets. The military regime has not investigated the attacks or bolstered security for Christians in Egypt.  This wave of violence against Christians came in the wake of the military’s brutal use of force on 14 August to dismantle two Muslim Brotherhood camps in Cairo that harbored thousands of people demanding Morsi’s reinstatement as president.  The military’s destruction of the camps killed more than six hundred people.

President Obama’s policy paralysis in the Middle East and silence on the Christian plight continues nearby in Syria.  Syria’s civil war erupted two years ago and has lead to the killing of some 100,000 people by the Assad regime.  It has created a huge refugee flow of hundreds of thousands of people in the region, the effects of which are destabilizing neighboring Jordan and Lebanon.  With much fanfare President Obama in August 2012 publicly warned that the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons would be a “red line,” indicating that the use of chemical weapons would bring about a profound change in what had been a lethargic American policy response to the Syrian civil war.  The Assad regime did not take Obama’s threat serious and went ahead and used chemical weapons as part of its counter-insurgency operations.  Syrian opposition sources, moreover, are reporting as of 21 August that the regime mounted a large chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs, with unconfirmed casualties figures ranging widely from less than one hundred to more than one thousand.

Even though Syria has crossed President Obama’s “red line” his policy response remained sluggish.  Obama eventually promised the supply of lethal military supplies to Syrian opposition forces, but they are still waiting for it as the Syrian regime battles on.  Without the provision of military assistance to Syrian opposition, the United States has “no skin in the game” and no great means to influence the shape or make-up of a possible post-Assad Syrian government.  The power vacuum created by Obama’s indifference is being filled by military assistance from Arab Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Their military assistance, however, is not coordinated, absent American leadership, and much of it is going to militant Islamic Salafists.  They are proving to be the most formidable component of Syria opposition and therefore most likely to gain dominant influence in any the post-Assad regime to the detriment of American security interests.

Meanwhile, the Christian minority in Syria is taking a beating.  Christians—only about 8 percent of Syria’s 23 million people—are gravely worried that should the Assad regime fall, their existence will be threatened because the successor regime would likely be dominated by the most militarily accomplished insurgents which are the Salafists, as well as al Qaeda.  As the civil war wages on, an Italian Jesuit priest, who had a high profile for his efforts over decades to promote religious dialogue in Syria, for several weeks has been missing and feared dead.  Nor has anything been heard from a Syriac archbishop and a Greek Orthodox archbishop who were kidnapped months ago.

Even if President Obama were to reverse course and properly denounce the escalating violence against Christians, none of the major players actively shaping the new geopolitical contours of the Middle East would listen.  The Egyptian military will be more concerned about staying in power in Cairo than by the threat of losing about one and one half billion dollars in yearly American military assistance.  The Egyptian military already has acquired ample supplies of F-16 fighter aircraft and M1 tanks from the United States since the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

More significantly, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were both horrified by how quickly President Obama and Secretary Clinton abandoned long-term security partner Hosni Mubarak to street mobs.  Clinton in March 2011 toured Tahrir Square that was the epicenter of the political earthquake that toppled Hosni Mubarak.  She exclaimed “To see where this revolution happened and all that it has meant to the world is extraordinary for me… It’s just a great reminder of the power of the human spirit and universal desire for human rights and democracy.”

Clinton symbolically danced on the fresh political grave of a long-time American ally.  As a consequence, our Arab Gulf state security partners can too easily envision the American laying in wait to repeat these indulgences in their capitals should they ever suffer from a fate similar to Mubarak’s.  And with the majority of Arab Gulf state populations under the age of 25, unemployed, and frustrated, royal families in the Gulf are acutely aware of the dangers.  Wiser statesmen the likes of President George H. W. Bush and his national security advisor Brent Scowcroft took great pains to avoid similar political backlashes at the end of the Cold War.  Bush made no victory tour on top of the Berlin Wall’s rubble to avoid humiliating his Russian counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev.

Secretary Clinton and President Obama proved them selves to be lesser statesmen and gleefully humiliated Arab Gulf state security partners with their celebration of Mubarak’s ouster.  It is now “pay back” time for the Gulf States.  Saudi Arabia, backed-up by the UAE, is now staunchly backing the Egyptian military and has promised it some $12 billion, a figure that makes annual American military aid to Cairo look trivial.  The Gulf States are emerging as Egypt’s primary external backers to further lessen American influence in Egypt.  And Saudi Arabia, a country in which Christianity is outlawed, is certainly not going to shed any tears for the plight of Christians, either in Egypt, Syria, or anywhere else in the world.

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Richard L. Russell

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Richard L. Russell is Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies at the Center for the National Interest. A Catholic convert, Russell holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and specializes in foreign policy and international security. He is the author of three books: Sharpening Strategic Intelligence (Cambridge University Press); Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East (Routledge); and, George F. Kennan’s Strategic Thought (Praeger). Follow him on Twitter @DrRLRussell.

  • Deacon Ed Peitler

    And the differences between Obama and Morsi are….? I am open to being educated on this. Seems to me that that the similarities are frightening:
    #1 Both are Islamists
    #2 Both are anti-Christian
    #3 Both operate outside constitutional limits and are dictatorial in style and practice
    #4 Both are arrogant and drunk with their perceived power
    #5 Both are ineffective heads of state
    #6 Both have managed to destroy their country’s economy
    #7 Both have policies that have resulted in chronic unemployment – especially among the young
    #8 Both are morally bankrupt
    #9 Both are extremists
    #10 Both have caused marked hopelessness and despair among the populace

    Let’s just hope that a #11 never happens – both have governed in ways that have caused armed insurrection against the government

    • John

      Open to being educated? Let us begin. No, Obama is not an “islamist”, nor is he “anti-Christian.” He has improved the country’s economy after it was driven into a ditch by his predecessor. No, he is not “morally bankrupt,” nor is he “an extremist.” I have seldom read such hate-filled nonsense as you post here. This site is a strange mix of right-wing talking points and un-Catholic ranting.

      • Deacon Ed Peitler

        You occupy a special place in la-la land. I would not grace your denials with any attempt to refute them. Maybe another Nobel Peace Prize is in order for his 2nd term. Whadya say?

      • Alecto

        Let’s review:

        Unemployment back to 9% August 2013
        75% of new jobs are part-time
        National debt = 17 trillion, 10 trillion when Obama was inaugurated
        Annual deficits = >$1 trillion every year since Obama inaugurated
        Obamacare = $2000 tax on everyone who fails to purchase insurance
        Taxes = increased for middle class because of chained CPI
        Fed purchases of $85 billion per month = increased food, energy costs

        upside the head.

      • Adam Baum

        “He has improved the country’s economy”

        Stagnant growth and employment figures (and even more disturbing compositional statistics, i.e., part timers) , along with top-down statist planning and massive deficit spending do not constitute an “improved” economy. Your post is a strange, no bizarre mix of left wing nonsense and unrealistic ranting.

        Anybody who thinks that a politician who visits a “Catholic” university and insists that the Crucifixes are covered up is not anti-Christian is deranged.

        Back to the left-wing swamp for you.

        • Watosh

          People do like to put all the blame for our current situation on Obama, which enables the greedy megacorporations and greedy financial interests and the obscene corporate media that is expert at perception management to continue their depredations. A few years ago, ten years or twenty, homosexual behavior was frowned upon and in some places illegal. Now they are regarded as fine upstanding individuals whose life style is perfectly normal. Who accomplished this ? It wasn’t Obama, it was the corporate media that carried the torch for homosexuality. The corporate media hacks routinely castigated anyone who was against same-sex marriage as homophobic, or as a despicable bigot every time the subject came up. So we replace Obama, who do we get? Hillary Clinton? Jeb Bush? the unstable John McCain? The corporate hustler Mitt Romney? No matter who, we will still have the corporate media tearing down morality and the Catholic religion. Yes Obama is a terrible president, but so was George Bush and Bill Clinton and George Bush pere. I was glad to see Bill Clinton go, but we got George W. Bush, I was glad to see him go and we got Obama. all the time the corporations were taking control and the corporate media was consolidating its control of the news. But I suppose it is more fun to bash Obama.

      • Valentin

        Hold the man who spent millions of tax dollars (theft) on his helicopter protection for his summer home improved the economy which is currently trillions of dollars in debt? I am sorry but I don’t believe I have met your alien space crew.

    • Victress

      I wonder; is Morsi pro-life or pro-abortion?

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour

    As far as Mubarak is concerned, we should apply to him the same judgment as Robespierre did to Louis XVI – The tyrant’s trial is insurrection; his judgment is the fall of his power; his penalty, whatever the liberty of the people demands – A monument destined to nourish in the hearts of the people the consciousness of their rights and a horror of tyrants; and in the souls of tyrants a salutary terror of the people’s justice

    • ColdStanding

      I do recall that Robsepierre, too, was judged and suffered a similar fate. If Mubarak is Louis XVI, will Morsi be Robespierre? Best that we don’t get ahead of ourselves, eh?

    • Bono95

      I don’t remember Louis XVI being a tyrant. Many of his ancestors were, and the people’s anger that had been built up and harbored in their day exploded on him, a well-meaning but rather unwilling and incompetent king.

      • Michael Paterson-Seymour

        Louis’s tyranny consisted in his support for the privileged orders, the nobility and clergy, even to the extent of invoking the arms of his brother tyrants, Austria and Prussia and allying himself with the émigrés. Where the central authority is weak, the secondary powers will run riot and oppress. Napoléon wielded greater personal power than Louis ever did, but used it to give a code of equal law to a continent and to restore the concept of citizenship to civilisation.

  • Bob

    Coptic Christians in Egypt date their conversion to Christ to the mid first century, hearing the good news from the Apostle Mark to Alexandria. Christ Himself safely lived in Egypt during His familie’s flight from Herod. There have been fairly recent apparitions of Mary at Zeitoun and Assiut, Egypt.

    We must pray for the Coptic Church during this time of martyrdom and persecution. This is very frustrating and disheartening to watch. It appears they are being religiously cleansed from Egypt.

    I’ll “throw this out there”…….. Outside of prayers, does anyone else reading this article have any concrete suggestions on how to help the Coptic Church? I’m at a loss.

    • smokes

      Yeah, arm the Copts so they have a fighting chance. IEDs, shoulder rockets, AK-47s, night vision equipment and communications. When a Church burns in Cairo, three mosques burn in Paris. We did have a 1000 year war with these heretics from the 7th to the 17th century, you know. They’re just back for another centuries-long fight in the name of the Prophet. Sadly, the West has no Faith, lost to “profit”. Curbing immigration from their mud huts to the welfare rolls of the West they despise ain’t a bad idea ekither. Our “ruling elites” will do none of it and enjoy seeing Christians eradicated here and abroad.

      • Bob

        I have to admit, Smokes, a good part of me agrees with you on the arming up on the Coptic side. At least then they can stop they’re families from being slaughtered. The main reason is our government is going to do NOTHING to help stop the slaughter of these innocent Christians.

        • smokes

          Prayer can’t hurt, either. My wife talked to a Coptic man recently and he said they simply go on with their life, adjust as need be, and Keep the Faith. He IS happy to be in America. Copts don’t buy pressure cookers and are a gentle people after 1500 years of persecution.

    • Alecto

      Arms shipments, and Black Ops.

      • slainte

        Providing arms shipments and black ops without a Congressional Declaration of War is contrary to the U.S, Constitution.
        The Founding Fathers said:

        “….The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities…”. George Washington, Farewell Address.

        And,

        “….peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none…….” Pres. Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1801 Inaugural Address.

        • smokes

          No president since FDR (Carter?) has followed this sage advice. Why screw the Copts over an asterisk? Arm them to the teeth and have a cardinal bless the shipments. Call it Realpolitik.

          • slainte

            Maybe we should just ask the Copts what they need; perhaps it is sanctuary. Maybe it is our solidarity and prayers. They belong to a culture that is significantly different from ours notwithstanding our common belief in Jesus Christ as Lord. They have successfully navigated and survived 1,400 years of interaction with Islam. We have not. Our interaction with Islam has not been productive.
            The U.S Constitution is the law of our land; the provision which requires Congress to declare war is a protective measure to ensure, among other things, that our young men do not die needlessly in illegal foreign entanglements. We would do well to honor it, even if our presidents have chosen not to.

            • Valentin

              It would not be illegal entanglements if we formed our own country based on solidarity of man rather than region or geography and in doing so invite the Copts as well as the Assyrians to become a part of that solidarity.

          • slainte

            If we are not willing to follow our own laws, why should we expect immigrants to follow them?

            • smokes

              Tell that to wartime presidents like Lincoln and FDR. Overscupulousity is wrong, too.

              • slainte

                We have become so alienated from our Faith and national traditions…indeed, so “liberated” from obedience and morality, that we now think it normative to arbitrarily select and disgard those laws of God and man which once comprised the foundation for a just society.
                Do we really want to live in a society where leaders arbitrarily choose which laws to enforce and which to chuck in the wastebin with a wink and a nod? That level of discretion is the recipe for anarchy and the untethering of our society.
                It is not over-scrupulous to follow just laws. Indeed, it is a moral imperative. We can and must assist the Copts, but on their terms, not on terms that we arbitrarily elect to impose upon them.

                • Valentin

                  I agree with you my problem is that we don’t live in America at least not an America which world war 2 soldiers fought for.

                  • slainte

                    To restore America, we must first restore the primacy of the Christian faith in our nation which will then promote a virtuous and moral citizenry. Our Founding Fathers believed that the latter was a necessary predicate for the survival and success of our federal republic.
                    A virtuous and moral citizenry aligned with Christian values and ideals is anathema to rogue political movements.

                    • Valentin

                      That is a valid point.

    • PiusFan

      How about calling upon the Coptic Orthodox to renounce their errors, schisms, and heresies; repent; and enter the one true Church and one true faith?

      • Bob

        True. But the Coptic Catholic Church in full communion with Rome is also being attacked.

      • smokes

        Pius, why don’t you suggest the same for the Muslim heretics who simply sponged their cult from the Judeo-Christian tradition?

        • PiusFan

          I certainly would suggest the same for Muslims; the comment I was responding to dealt with Christians, not Muslims.

          And while we’re at fraternal correction, it would also be appropriate to refrain from calling for the torching of mosques in Paris and any other blustering, generalized comments regarding a group of over a billion people.

          • smokes

            tit-for tat has its place…you just proved it!

            • PiusFan

              Proper and improper actions are not a function of tit for tat or any other such rubbish. They are a function of the good and true. My comments are rooted in what is good and true. A number of yours are animated by invective and gross disregard for the truth.

      • Adam Baum

        They can’t do that if they are all dead.

    • mollysdad

      This is not merely persecution, it is genocide, or a precursor of genocide.
      Our Lady appeared at Fatima on the 13th day of consecutive months, while the genocide of the Christians of the Ottoman Empire was underway. The number 13 appears in the Bible only in the book of Esther, as the date appointed for the destruction of the Jews.

      The story of Esther is a parable of how God deals with a situation in which His people are threatened with genocide. The Muslim Brotherhood is a conspiracy to commit this crime against the Christians. Our Lord has already placed the Brotherhood under the ban of destruction reserved for Amalek.

      He requires our concurrence with the sentence in faith and obedience. (Exodus 17 and Deuteronomy 25).

  • Alecto

    Much as I detest the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, the pope has been strangely quiet. Guess he’s too busy helping American traitors, aka the USCCB get ready for the big September 8th Amnesty Day? I think if they actually go through with this, many people will be recording sermons and using them to strip the Church of its tax exemption. It is deserved, but I just didn’t think the bishops were that dumb.

    • slainte

      The Catholic Church will advocate to protect and maintain the integrity of marital covenants and the well being of the family; this advocacy is an incremental part of the Church’s mission on earth. Any political reality that divides married couples or separates families is anathema to the Church.
      In imitation of Christ, it will ignore sovereign boundaries and the legal issues attendant thereto in favor of marital and family unity. This is not a political message; it is Christ’s message and it will be a core part of Church homilies on September 8.

      • Alecto

        Whatever it is, slainte, this really is the last straw for me and many, many others. No matter how hard I try to give this Church the benefit of the doubt, there is no escaping the fact that while I and millions of Americans languish, the Catholic Church is actively hurting us, working feverishly to impoverish, destroy and confiscate what little we have. It has engendered my deepest hatred and this moral struggle within me cannot continue without exacting a terrible price. I choose freedom, I choose life, and I reject my baptism, the Church and all of its teachings from this day forward. You are my ENEMIES. Every Catholic is MY ENEMY.

        I am at war with the Catholic Church from this day forward. And by “war”, I mean doing whatever I must to stop this Church, and that means anything.

        • slainte

          Alecto, being a Catholic and an American is fundamentally at odds…not yet certain whether it is incompatible, but definitely at odds.

          Catholicism is purposed toward the universal mission of Christ on earth; a mission that recognizes no differences between peoples and no sovereign boundaries between states. It seeks the Common Good of all and is, by nature, outcome based in matters of liberty and equality. The U.S and most sovereign nations are driven by the principles of Enlightened Self (or National) Interest and individual Liberty and is opportunity based. The purpose of governmental principles is ostensibly to advance the best interest of the nation state and the primacy of its individual citizen’s interests.

          At the founding, when our governing principles were tightly aligned with Christian principles, the distinction between state and religious interests was less apparent than now. As the State has thrown off its Christian heritage and principles, the distinctions are more apparent.

          The Church will continue its mission; in this instance to pursue marital and family unity by promoting immigration reform. As its mission appears to be aligned with that of the current Administration’s political objectives, the Church will likely not clash with the state. However, the HHS mandate is another story. We are in for a bumpy ride.

          • Adam Baum

            “promoting immigration reform.”

            Nonsense. It’s not “immigration reform”, it’s irredentism. The entire amnesty movement is built on lies.

            If I evade taxes, I will be informed by my confessor (based on the examination of conscience guide) that I have violated the Fourth Commandment by failing to observe the laws of the prevailing temporal authority.

            I won’t call be an “undocumented taxpayer”, the Bishops will not call for the summary removal of due penalties.

            There won’t be any suggestion that the government that is slaughtering the unborn or enacting a massive surveillance structure is arbitrary and illegitimate.

            Understand?

        • Bono95

          Please, do not reject your faith, for your own sake. Do not condemn yourself to eternal pain and loss of God and Heaven, especially not over the shortcomings of your fellow Catholics. We all fail at times, sometimes miserably, but as long as we live, we can always get up and try again, and God will help us every step of the way. He doesn’t want you to be hurting because of other people’s hurtful ways or your own. If you will only stay true to him, and reach out to him, God will forgive you, heal you, and give you all the wonderful graces you need to do better and to help others, like in this case. You see some of your fellow Catholics not doing all that they should. Pray for them. Instruct them. Admonish them. Forgive them. And remember, even when no one on earth seems to care, to understand, or to love, turn to Jesus. He always cares, He always understands, and He always loves, As if that wasn’t enough (and it is, abundantly), God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, Mary, all the angels, all the saints, and all the uncanonized souls in Heaven care, understand, and love too. No Catholic is ever alone or without hope or help. Do not hesitate to make us of yours right now.

          “When thou in the flame of temptation fryest,
          Think on the very lamentable pain,
          Think on the piteous Cross of woeful Christ,
          Think on His Blood, beat out at every vein,
          Think on His precious Heart carved in twain,
          Think how, for they redemption, all was wrought,
          Let Him not lose thee, whom He so dear has bought.”

          – St. Thomas More

    • Bono95

      The USCCB is not the whole Church, it’s not even all the US bishops. The bad or misguided actions of 1, 100, 1000, or 1,000,000 Catholic clergy and/or laity do not make the whole Church bad or misguided. And for all we know, Pope Francis may be quietly offering prayers and sacrifices for our Egyptian brothers or beginning a not-so-quiet form of aid as we speak.

      • Adam Baum

        Then the orthodox Bishops should denounce this extra-ecclesial body as an unnecessary appendage that is wasteful and counterproductive.

      • Bono95

        UPDATE: Today, September 7, the Vigil of Our Lady’s Birth, Pope Francis declared this a day of offering prayers and fasting for our oppressed Christian brothers and sisters in Syria.

  • Bob
  • Jorgenseptember

    Beside prayers. Where is the outrage from our govt. and the nation. Doesn’t anyone see the evil of the jihadists and Islamic radicals. SILENCE IS DEAFENING.

  • jan tetstone

    Americans have no right to judge any Egyptian. We should stay out of Egypt’s domestic business. We had our own Civil War- Remember? Blood-sweat and tears is the very foundation on which our form of government was built. Prayers with ‘real’ faith is what is needed- to bring peace to any country. I can remember as a child, hearing Americans talking about the dangers of the Catholic religion, to the welfare of our own country. God, has his own way of working things out.

  • slainte

    Absent a Congressional declaration of war, the United States Constitution does not authorize American intervention in foreign sovereign entanglements.
    The United States Constitution does not authorize any of the three governmental powers or the military to act as a police power at the direction of or to further the United Nations’ political or other ambitions.

  • Mike

    Obama’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood is not the result solely of naivate but is consistent with his special affinity for the Muslim religion and the influence of his brother and Hillary Clinton’s assistant (Mrs. Weiner). Both have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    • Valentin

      Why is her name Mrs. Weiner I don’t want to be too juvenile about this but that is about as awkward as my half Asian friends last name being Coolie.

  • Mark

    Nature abhors a vacuum — the Obama-Shea Doctrine has failed.

  • hombre111

    The Moslem assault on Christians in the Middle East, including Iraq, is abominable. But I am not sure what we are supposed to do. We have already weakened ourselves by invading Iraq and Afghanistan. What does the future hold in two more Arab countries? The Islamists know they can wait us out. Apart from settling down there for the next hundred years or so, what are we supposed to do, and how? I would like to see our Ph.D. in foreign affairs sketch out a plan that has not already been tried and found wanting.

    • Adam Baum

      I would like to see our pseudo-priest make a post without a predictable and tedious partisan slant.

  • Watosh

    Professor Russell denounces attacks on Christians Syria, yet by giving credence to the use of chemical weapons by Assad he repeats the Syrian rebels’ unverified claim that Assad has used poison gas. The Syrian rebels led by al qaeda forces has been accusing Assad of using chemical weapons in order to get western support for the overthrow of Assad, afterwhich they have made no secret that they intend to eliminate any Syrian Christians. Investigations of these claims have concluded that there is evidence that the rebels were the ones using gas.

    Well America, that many claim is a Christian country has placed the survival of the Christian community in Iraq in jeopardy. Over half have left as a result of the chaos we have sown. Iraq’s foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, under Saddam Hussein was a Catholic, he also served for a whiles an Iraqi vice president.

  • Watosh

    The Syrian rebel forces are led by Al Qaeda and intend to eliminate the Christian community of Syria. The United States wants very badly to help them do that so when the rebels make unsubstantiated claims Assad is using poison gas, America immediately accepts this, just as they accepted the fact that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that were an immediate threat to our survival. The latest claims were first broadcast over a Saudi Arabian station, Saudi Arabia being a partisan supporter of the rebel cause. These claims have been unverified, and if anything what is known suggests it was the rebels who used poison gas. And yet Professor Russell repeats these unsubstantiated claims made by the rebel forces and in doing so gives them credence. Yet by so doing he is helping the rebels cause so they can win and then they can eliminate the Christian Syrians and the other Christians who have taken refuge in Syria over the past years of turbulence. Many claim America is a Christian nation, but American policies have brought death nd destruction to the middle easter Christian communities.

    • smokes

      Brilliantly stated, and horribly true. Thanks. Our “elites” hate Christianity, but bend over backwards for the likes of AQ, an occasional Saudi prince, and the MB. No wonder all our wars are immoral and unjust.

  • Franco

    Perhaps we and the West should offer preferential asylum to the Mid-east Christians, in our countries.

  • Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

    Don’t be naive. Things are going exactly as he wants, i.e., the destruction of Christian Churches and the killing of Christian martyrs.

  • Adam Baum

    What U.S. policy?

  • Jonwards

    THE BACKGROUND OBAMA CAN’T COVER UP

    (Each human is part of this “River.” Are you an “oxbow lake”?)

    Islam, part of the Living River of History, affected even the 2012 US election!
    The “headwaters” of this River was Adam, according to Judaism, Christianity, Islam etc.

    In the OT (Deut. 28), “tributaries” wanting to join the River are
    blessed while “distributaries” wanting to flow away from it are cursed.
    Those wishing to totally separate from the fresh Living River become
    polluted, dying “oxbow lakes.”
    In the OT we see Israelites
    repeatedly flowing away from God, then repenting and returning to Him;
    we also see heathen “oxbow lakes” creating their own little “gods” and
    being allowed by God to plunder and kill the erring Israelites.
    Then, at the right time, the Living River took on new life with the arrival of the Promised One who offers “living water.”

    In the 7th century Islam, drawing from both OT and NT, chose to be a
    distributary away from this River. Many scholars have viewed it as the
    final Antichrist: note “scourge” (Isa. 28), “Assyrian” (Mic. 5),
    “Euphrates” (Rev. 9) etc. (Google “Prof. F. N. Lee’s ISLAM IN THE BIBLE
    [PDF].” Dr. Lee, BTW, has nine (!) earned doctorates in various fields.)

    God will allow this “scourge” to temporarily persecute and kill
    apostate Jews (JINOs) and Christians (CINOs). Jews, especially in
    “entertainment,” seem more expert in apostasy than Christians since Jews
    have been at it 2000 years longer than Christians have (Google
    “jewishfaces.com/porn.html”) – but Christians apparently want to catch
    up to the Jews!
    It’s apparent that others will join Islam in its
    end-time inquisition; its great oil wealth can captivate many leaders
    and already we’re seeing apostate American leaders being bribed into
    turning against true American patriots.
    Those who ignore (or try
    to dilute or destroy) the God-ordained Living River of History will be
    swept down it to an ocean made by their own never-ending tears of agony
    and despair.
    The good news is that American JINOs & CINOs
    can overcome the “scourge” discussed above. The secret is found by
    checking out “II Chronicles 7:14” & “John 3:16” on the web.

    There’s still time – and freedom – to Google or MSN “Obama Promotes
    Public Sex,” “Obama a Black-Slavery Avenger?,” “Dangerous Radicals of
    the Religious Right,” “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Mikey Weinstein,
    Jesus-Basher,” “Christ’s return is NOT imminent,” “Pretrib Rapture
    Dishonesty,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Pretrib Rapture Pride,” and
    (for dessert) “Pretrib Rapture Stealth.”
    In light of Matthew
    7:2, if we tolerate Christian leaders who lie to us and steal from us,
    we shouldn’t be surprised if God allows us to have political leaders who
    lie to us and steal from us!

    A Kansas Patriot (who won FIRST PLACE over 2200 entrants in a nationwide Americanism essay contest)

    [Thanks, Richard. Saw the foregoing article on the ever present web.]

  • Valentin

    I don’t trust our current federal government to do much about this considering that Obama is worse than Bill Clinton who bombed Bosnia because he thought the “Christians were a threat” and considering than almost every Conservative is either a Democrat lite or lack integrity.

  • Valentin

    This problem can be answered if the Copts found an new country, the Assyrians take band the country they had before and both make some sort of a protection pact with a Catholic country and with each other.

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