Obama’s War?

by 1389 on September 6, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), al-Qaeda, Barack Hussein Obama, Egypt, Orthodox Christianity, Syria

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Abbot Tryphon - Morning Offering
September 06, 2013 Length: 5:09

The End of American Democracy?

Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai has been closed by the Egyptian government as a precaution, given the Muslim Brotherhood’s continued attacks on Christians. Well over one hundred churches and monasteries have been burned to the ground, since the military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Father Paolos, the Elder of the monastery (who visit us about a year ago), reports that the monastery is now in extreme financial straights, as are the countless Bedouin families who depend on the monastery to feed their families. Please pray for the safety and well being of the Sinai monks, and their Bedouin friends, and remember to pray for the Coptic people, who are suffering persecution not seen in centuries.

Orthodox and Roman Catholic leaders from throughout the Middle East have voiced concern that an American attack on Syria, could spell the end of the Christian presence throughout the Middle East. The leader of the Greek Catholic Church in Syria said that if the U.S. were to launch an attack on the country, it would be “a criminal act” and would “reap more victims as Islamic Extremists continue to flow into Syria”. The rebel groups the United States is supporting are now controlled by extremists such as Al Qaida. It should be obvious to our political leaders that should Assad be ousted, and the rebels win out, we could see terrorist groups gain control of Syria and gain access to Assad’s weapons, including the chemical weapons we are so concerned about.

That our elected officials would be moving closer to war in spite of the opposition of the American people, is tantamount to declaring the end of American democracy, and is, to my mind, a treasonable offense. As we edge closer to what will certainly become a war that America can not win, we must join our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world, and pray that this madness end, and that our American leaders will come to their collective senses. Holding these politicians accountable in future elections, may be too late.

As American military intervention against the regime of Bashar al-Assad appears likely, the Russian Orthodox Church expresses “strong concern” about possible developments of the crisis. “Once again, as was the case in Iraq, the United States is acting as an international executioner”, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. What worries the Russian Orthodox Church most of all is the fate of the civilian population and that of the Christians. It is clear that the extremist forces seeking power have set themselves the goal of the complete and total destruction of Christianity in Syria.

Pope Francis has declared Saturday a day of “fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world.” We Orthodox Christians should heed his call, and join our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world, in prayer and fasting.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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