Comments on: West can find ways to pressure Syria http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/04/25/west-can-find-ways-to-pressure-syria/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: TonyG76 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/04/25/west-can-find-ways-to-pressure-syria/comment-page-1/#comment-7220 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:36:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5828#comment-7220 Since the dawn of Christianity, Christians lived in the Middle East, the original place from which the prophets and Christ himself came.

The Assad regime, which is brutal, repressive, and backwards, is however based on a secular system, the Baath ideology. A secular system, such as the Baath regime, ensures the protection of such minorities as the Christians and Shias in countries like Syria and Lebanon. The Iraqi Baath protected the Christians. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Christians were targeted by Muslim extremists. The number of Iraqi Christians is now negligible.

The Arab countries have a Sunni majority. The Sunnis in Lebanon are already well financed by Saudi Arabia to create a Sunni Muslim state out of what was once Christian Lebanon. The Sunnis in Syria are the majority amounting to 74% of the total population. Since Syria has always played a significant role in Lebanese politics due to the country’s geography and the history of the political system, the fall of the Assad regime and its overtake by a Wahabi Saudi-backed Sunni regime would mean that minorities such as Christians and Shia Muslims would become 10th class citizens. This would lead to an even higher immigration rate from the Christian side, leaving the Levant, which was once the home of Christianity, without any Christians. This would be indeed unprecedented in human history.

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