Thursday, February 25, 2016

Charlotte D'Ornellas — At Notre Dame de Paris, a few choice words from the Bishop of Aleppo

Visiting France on the occasion of the Night of Witnesses organized each year by Aid to the Church in Need, the Greek Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, Mgr Jeanbart, had a heavy heart. After describing the dramatic situation facing Aleppans, the Syrian bishop addressed the audience of journalists there:
"The European media have continued to choke the lives of those suffering in Syria and have even helped to justify what is happening in our country by passing on reports without ever checking," he began, lambasting press agencies including agencies created during the war "put up by the armed opposition," like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that uncontradicted source for Western media.
"You have to understand that between the Islamic State and the Syrian government, our choice is quickly made. One can condemn the regime for some things, but you never tried to be objective," he further accused.
Asked whether he could explain his position to the French authorities, Archbishop Jeanbart said he had tried before, only to be told that he had to be "less critical."
For him, however, the West has continued to silence the exactions of the armed opposition, all the while damning the Syrian government and its president. "Assad has many faults, but imagine, he has also qualities," he explained, "schools were free, as hospitals, mosques as churches paid no tax, but be honest, what other government in the region does such things? Remember this, too: if we prefer to support the government, it is because we fear the establishment of a Sunni theocracy that would deprive us of the right to live on our own land."….
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At Notre Dame de Paris, a few choice words from the Bishop of Aleppo
Charlotte D'Ornellas, Boulevard Voltaire, January 29, 2016
Translated from French by Tom Winter, February 25, 2016

7 comments:

MRW said...

Of course, this story was above the fold on the NYT. Fuckaires. /sarc off

John said...

Modern Western liberal values: destroy two thousand years of Christian life in the Middle East and replace a secular semi-tolerant government with a bunch of religious maniacs who murder almost for the hell of it and destroy nations because they hear voices in their heads. Strangely enough, the Bishop of Aleppo doesn't see the appeal.

Bob said...

I'll bet the Bishop of Baghdad would have echoed similar sentiments.

John said...

The various Bishops of every denomination in Iraq did just that, not that anyone listened! And you can add to this every Christian, Jew, Zoroastrian, Yazidi, Shia, liberal Sunni, Sunnis who don't want to mix politics and religion, atheist, etc.

Nope, the only people who count are neoconservative politicians, neoconservative authors and their small group of automaton bloodthirsty neoconservative Muslims they promote. Ayaan Hirsi Ali should join ISIS. They have the same motto: the more blood, the better.

Bob said...

ISIS includes a good number of Iraqi Baathists, who have apparently experienced a religious awakening. If that what it takes to pursue power, so be it.

John said...

ISIS's military knowhow is a result of army Baathists joining its ranks. How many Baathists in ISIS there are is another matter. Their piety is another matter. It's doubtful there's been some mass conversion like some Moonie wedding gone horribly violent.

Bob said...

If Trotskyists can become Neocons, anything is possible. They are about as pious as a typical Saudi prince. Could be just for show.