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Desperate Times for Christians in Syria

by Chris Gacek

February 26, 2015

Accurate news of the depredations being visited upon Christians by the savage ISIS forces operating in Syria and Iraq is not easy to come by. Fortunately, there are policy specialists in Washington who have established deep ties with Syria’s Christians. One of these experts is Katharine (“Katie”) Gorka, President of the Council on Global Security.

Mrs. Gorka has written two significant articles in Breitbart’s national security section on the recent ISIS attacks against these Christians. In the first article she gathered news by directly contacting representatives of the Assyrian community. A summary of the facts is as follows:

Around 4:00 in the morning on Monday, February 23rd, an estimated 1500 ISIS fighters attacked a series of Christian towns in northeast Syria, burning churches, taking as many as 90 hostages, and forcing hundreds to flee from their homes.


Many Christians have fled to the Syrian town of al-Hassaka, but the fear now is that ISIS will overrun the town, kill the men, and kidnap the women and children. After the attacks on Monday, Gorka writes, “According to one source, ISIS has taken 30 Christian young women and plans to distribute them as concubines in the town of Shadadeh.”

In the second article, “ISIS Hammers Christian Towns in Syria for Third Day,” Gorka provides a better sense of the military campaign being waged by ISIS against thirty-five Assyrian towns in northeastern Syria. One source told Gorka “that ISIS is still trying to take control of the region and that they are trying to cross the Khabur River.” Kurdish and Syrian forces have repelled the assaults so far “but it is uncertain how much longer that can last.” ISIS is estimated to have several thousand fighters involved. The Kurds and Christians have fewer, and they are inadequately armed.

Reading between the lines, the American effort has been comically inadequate. For example, DoD put out a press release trumpeting less than a dozen drone strikes in a day. ROLLING THUNDER this is not.

What’s important is the bottom line: the United States is making no commitment or effort to truly help the Christians. Nothing new here. However, the U.S. government appears to be doing something. It is running a disinformation campaign against the American public to make it believe that these Middle Eastern minority populations are not being sacrificed.

(Finally, ISIS is destroying cultural artifacts in Mosul. Read this article describing how it burned down the Mosul Public Library. “Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.”)

(True) Opportunity and Election 2012

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 16, 2012

Here is one of the most simple yet compelling sentences yet written about election 2012: The overall picture from the last few election results is pretty equivocal, writes Sean Trende, Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics, and is suggestive of substantial strengths and weaknesses for both parties.

That about says it ambivalence are us. Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney did well among some segments of the population. Their stark differences and the relative close race between them indicate the serious philosophical divide that is emerging as the single strongest element of the current political narrative.

Yet perhaps amidst in the somewhat turgid churn of post-election beard-stroking there is one fact that is being undervalued. This year, President Obama received 62.6 million votes; Mitt Romney received 59.1 million. In total, including ballots for third-party candidates, about 123 million American voters came to the polls to vote for a president.

In 2008, that number was higher, substantially. About 131 million Americans voted either for John McCain or Barack Obama that year.

The math is simple and startling: In the neighborhood of eight million fewer Americans went to the voting booths than only four years before. Particularly striking is that the population has grown by more than nine million people (from 305 million to 314.6 million during that same time).

Millions who voted in 2008 stayed home, as did millions eligible to vote in 2012. Why?

Let me offer a rather plebian explanation for the variance in vote totals: The people stayed home because they found neither candidate compelling. Neither the President nor the Governor so captured their aspirations, imaginations, and hopes, so ignited within them a glimmer of confidence about his leadership and its potential for the country, that they made the time to cast a vote.

This is not a matter of superficial charisma, but of heartfelt belief. That millions of Americans sat this one out is, perhaps, a referendum on our countrymens apathy. It is also a demonstration that millions of our fellow citizens were sufficiently skeptical, or even cynical, about the two major candidates that they couldnt be bothered to vote.

This is a sad commentary on the inattention of many Americans to critical issues, on the lethargy of many Americans regarding their own future and the well-being of their children, and on the growing belief that politics is about personalities too distant and issues either too complex or too painful about which to make a choice for voting to matter.

What can conservative Christians say to such attitudes? In terms of political salvation, there will never be the comprehensive hope and change offered by Mr. Obama in 2008 without the reign of Christ on earth. Jesus shall reign, not anyone else.

The ennui of much of the electorate presents Christians with a great opportunity to talk about where true and eternal hope lies not in princes, politicians, or parties, but in the King of kings. This is not to suggest we should stop standing for life, liberty, and family in the public arena, but rather that as we reach out to disaffected voters, we should remember that their citizenship in heaven might be animated, at least in part, by their frustration with their citizenship on earth.

Conservatives are people who believe in opportunity. Lets not miss this one.

We’re not a “Christian Nation” but we are now one of the largest Muslim countries?

by Tony Perkins

June 3, 2009

On Monday in an interview with French journalist, Laura Haim, President Obama spoke about the purpose for his trip to the Middle East. During the interview, which you can read on the White House website, the President stated the following:

…I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.

What?

In April, on his trip to Turkey, President Obama said, “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation…”

So, according to President Obama we are not a Christian nation, but we are one of the largest Muslim countries in the world?

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