Two months ago, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared that the Syrian army scored “major victories” against the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and that his forces have “regained momentum” in the now three-year-long civil war.
And thank God he has, for President Assad is the best friend of the Christian church in Syria.
Ron Paul correctly asserted that Obama’s “deception campaign” looks a lot like Bush’s pre-Iraq war propaganda, and America’s foreign policy will, once again, result in the destruction of native Christian populations. America’s failed intervention in Iraq has resulted in the near-extermination of Iraqi Christians and the Iraqi church at the hands of many of the same groups that the Americans supported upon their initial invasion and in the post-Saddam government. The events currently transpiring in Syria will be an exact duplicate of the slaughter in Iraq but on a much larger scale, now that we are dealing with an even bloodier war and a larger Christian community. Sadly, though, despite America’s overwhelming Christian population, many do not properly care about the war in Syria. A new Gallup poll shows that 68% of Americans want the United States to not “use military action” in Syria. The lack of support for intervention is good, but a bigger problem is what American Christians believe about this conflict.
Regardless of what the general American population believes or cares, Christians should very much be concerned about these occurrences in Syria, as the future of Syrian Christianity and the Syrian Church is at stake. Though Syria is an overwhelmingly Islamic nation, Christianity’s existence nonetheless predates Islam’s arrival, and Syria could easily be described as a “lost” Christian country that all Christians have an interest in reclaiming one day. The American media would have you believe that the Syrian population is crying out for American arms shipments to the so-called Free Syrian Army so that Syria can have universal suffrage, on-demand abortion, and access to Lady Gaga music videos with the removal of an evil, anti-democratic leader. The reality is that the West is, through the disposal of a rational, tempered leader, seeking to install an ardent jihadist regime which intends to exterminate Christianity from one of its ancient heartlands.
As the Syrian civil war rages on and the American propaganda machine continues to beat the war drum in support of the al-Qaeda-affiliated FSA networks, it becomes more and more necessary for American Christians to withdraw their support for whatever entity pretends to support “democracy” and to pay homage to one of the greatest allies and defenders of our Holy Faith in the region, President Assad. Contrary to the America media’s demonization of many Middle Eastern dictators as sadistic, genocidal psychopaths with rape rooms for entertainment, there exists behind the war hawk veneer a nobler story than is being presented.
The global policy of America and NATO since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 has been to “wrap up” the remaining states that are independent of the New World Order’s financial and banking matrix. Every war since the USSR’s collapse has been to enforce the imperial dreams of the American-dominated West, which is the global harmonization of markets via the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). During the Cold War, the Soviet Union with her satellites was the bulwark against the global aspirations of the banker-dominated West. Now with the USSR gone, her remaining satellites and allies are left as leaves in the wind to blow according to the new tide or be punished with an America gift of democracy. Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milošević, Muammar Gaddafi, and Hosni Mubarak represented the last remnant of independent powers throughout the world. Since then, all that survives are Kim Jong-un, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Bashar al-Assad, with anti-NWO Russia and China as the last major power players to offer support. Together, this list of leaders and their respective countries form the last bulwark against the New York/London/Brussels axis.
Now, obviously, the above list is composed of ruthless and, in many cases, obscene men. Yet the truth remains that Assad is the only remaining leader of any dignity with a genuine plan for the long-term betterment of his nation and people – and indirectly, of the Christian church. Since NATO eliminated Hussein and Gaddafi for refusing to comply with the dollar standard, and since Mubarak refused to surrender to the Western-backed Muslim Brotherhood, one of the greatest victims has been the Christian church. Copts, Assyrians, Eastern Catholics, Orthodox, Nestorians, and even Protestants have all come to suffer to the point of extermination. Thanks to NATO’s intervention in the region, the West has unleashed the Islamic bulldog to run wild in the region, massacring Christians and working the establishment of a caliphate from Casablanca to Manila. Now Christianity has been brought to the point of “disappearing” from the Middle East, thanks to the secularist leadership of the West. However, because of President Assad’s stubborn resistance in Syria, with the backing of Russia, China, and Iran, the New World Order’s plans are being foiled. Regardless of the faux Christian mythology peddled by the mainstream media – namely, that Jesus would support dropping white phosphorus all over Damascus for “freedom” – Christians must now begin to direct their prayers and support towards a leader who has been beneficial to the Holy Church in a region where Islam runs rampant and wild against all forms of the true faith.
Before anybody rushes to close the article for fear that they might be called to support the next Hitler, consider the following reasons why the American church should offer support for President Assad.
Firstly, the Christians of Syria support him. Since the outbreak of the war, Christians have generally remained neutral in what was originally viewed as a Shia-Sunni civil war, but it has now evolved into a much larger conflict enveloping the Christian church. Syrian Christians initially thought they could avoid the conflict until FSA soldiers started taking control of Christian areas once occupied by Assad’s forces, and the process of ethnic and religious cleansing commenced. Whereas Assad’s forces would have killed any Muslim who would have bombed a church, the FSA and its allies immediately implemented their Islamist “purification” agenda aimed at exterminating Christians. Hundreds of Christians have already been killed, thousands more displaced, and according to Christian Freedom International, “because of the violence, a shortage of basic supplies such as gas, electricity, and many supermarket products has contributed even further” to the suffering of the Christian population.[1. http://www.christianfreedom.org/the-christian-winter/persecution-in-syria/] Since all of this has come to fruition, Christians have begun to join Assad’s army, care for the Syrian military’s wounded, and even formed independent militias to fight the FSA and keep their communities safe, such as the Lijan militias.
Contrary to these horrors being inflicted upon Christians by the FSA, President Assad’s rule over the Christian community of Syria has greatly resembled Cyrus the Great. In the book of Ezra, King Cyrus the Great of Persia was used by God to protect persecuted Hebrews, allowing them to return to the Holy Land and rebuild their temple. Assad has acted in a similar manner in allowing Christians to be safe and secure in an Islam-dominated country. Assad’s grace towards the Christian church has not been limited to “separate but equal” style policies, but also extends to the inner circles of his government, where he has included many Christians in cabinet positions. Under Assad, Christians were allowed to govern themselves and even be reverenced as a part of Syria’s ancient heritage. The only restriction that President Assad placed upon Christians was that they not overtly convert Muslims or accept Muslim converts as a means to ensure stability. He furthermore allowed Christians to have their own courts for church-related issues, such as marriage and inheritance, and defended them against Islamist persecution and terror. Not bad, given the Church’s 2000-year history of continued persecution. Compared to secular leaders’ treatment of Christians in the West, Assad is far more tolerant and gracious to his Christian subjects than the secular-dominated United States, Canada, and Europe are to their Christian citizens. Though Assad is not the ideal Christian autocrat, he is the best thing Christians have seen in the region since the Byzantine Empire, the Crusader states, or European colonialism.
Secondly, Assad is not a throwback Bedouin. Unlike many of the tribal-like leaders of other Middle Eastern nations, who take pride in clitoridectomies and pedophilia, Assad is a Western-educated intellectual who takes pride in modernizing without being a modernist. Before Assad rose to power, he proved himself by graduating from the school of medicine at the University of Damascus in 1988 and volunteered to serve his country as a medical doctor in the army. Later, he went to complete his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, studying ophthalmology at the Western Eye Hospital in London. Upon returning to Syria and the death of his elder brother, Assad studied at the Syrian military academy before he assumed the presidency of Syria.
This is not the background of a radical ideologue, wrapped up in a fundamentalist understanding of the Koran. Assad’s reign has been one of ruthless oppression, but against whom? Certainly not the general population or the Christians who have flourished under his rule; rather, he oppressed the Islamist sects, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, that sought to displace him and establish an Islamic caliphate. Assad’s main objective was the retaining of power for his Arab nationalist Ba’ath Party, and he was ready to crush any opposition in the process. It is therefore plausible to assume that if Christians were a threat to his power, he would have targeted them as well, but given that the principles of the Ba’ath Party are not necessarily a threat to Christianity, and given that Christians are called to obey lawful government, they have every reason to stand by Assad and against Islamism.
Understanding Assad’s upbringing and education is essential. Assad’s ruthlessness as a leader stems not from an Islamist worldview, but rather from a nationalist, pro-Syrian worldview. He is without a doubt a Muslim, and he supports much of the Islamic heritage of Syria, but he is moreover a fervent Syrian nationalist and views the Christian communities of Syria as a part of that legacy.
The primary focus of Assad’s presidency was and is to create stability in Syria, which is good for Christians. The minute a jihadist would aim his AK-47 at a Christian, Alawite, Jew, or fellow Muslim, Assad’s secret police would have him screaming for an early martyrdom. This system is completely contrary to the agenda of the American-backed jihadists who wish to plunge the nation into chaos and anarchy as a means to produce a new Islamist state that can be micromanaged from the U.S. State Department. Moreover, Assad has upheld human rights as best as any Middle Eastern leader could. Given that not all cultural values and systems are equal and enjoy the same level of maturity to sustain liberty and rights, some nations are in desperate need of authoritarian regimes to maintain an order and stability that they could not otherwise maintain. The Middle East has not developed as Western Civilization has. The locals are guided by a Bedouin, Islamic ideology that teaches them to kill and harass their neighbor rather than love him. Therefore a foreign observer cannot expect the same results in Syria that one would expect in France, Germany, or the United States. If any form of stability is to exist, it will come from the sword of a secular autocrat such as Assad, Mubarak, or Saddam Hussein, rather than from a ruthless jihadist such as Mohamed Morsi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or the FSA. Tyranny and a police state are not only necessary for these people but morally good. A people that cannot govern themselves must be controlled by a powerful state to prevent them from eating the nation like termites.
Assad’s enlightened approach to governorship has helped Syria avoid the isolation and oppression of Islamist states such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan. He has increased the standard of living for his people, allowing elements of modernity to take root without compromising the moral fabric of Syrian society. He has also suppressed Islamism and protected his Christian and Alawite minorities while acting as a responsible and rational leader in international relations, especially in regards to relations with Israel. (Despite this relatively shining record, he still supported state management of the economy, invoking the everlasting hate and shame of libertarians worldwide.) These are the characteristics of a rational, predictable leader who creates stability and peace in his nation. Therefore, what more could one want in a region as volatile as the Middle East? Certainly, Israel should welcome this as a positive force, given that Assad is not of the same irrational, fundamentalist background as the PLO, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda or Ahmadinejad in Iran.
An additional note for the American neo-conservatives: Would it not be quite prudent and strategically viable for American foreign policy in the “global war on terror” to prevent the rise of a new jihadist state that will fund terrorism? If so, then how does one justify Senator John McCain going to Syria and clamoring for more vets to die in the sands of the Middle East?
But this is also relevant for ethno-nationalist Christians. Christian nationalists have every reason to be invested in the success of President Assad, and no other international conflict is more important to our global success than an Assad victory. Assad’s fight is our fight. Assad fights the very same agents of the New World Order who want to turn Syria into a jihadist extravaganza and de-Christianize our Western civilization with third-world immigrants. Russia, Syria, China, Iran, and North Korea are simply the external geopolitical allies to our nationalist-oriented movements in the West. There can be no condoning of many these despotic regimes’ heinous actions, but as it is said, politics makes strange bedfellows and Western nationalists do not have the luxury of choosing friends. By Assad taking a militant stand against the New World Order and perhaps even winning, it helps to delegitimize the current ruling establishment and secondly stops their geopolitical agenda of secularizing the Middle East and the world. Thirdly, an Assad victory not only encourages European Christians around the world to resist the system, but could actually give them a chance to take back the system sooner rather than later.
Because Christianity is a transnational faith, we are as Christians called to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. Therefore we must do what we can to help protect our fellow faithful against the FSA, and the best hope to accomplish this is with President Assad retaining power. Assad is, from the European-Christian perspective, a pro-Christian proxy in the region. The fight that Christians are up against in the West is the same fight that Christians are fighting in Damascus, Grozny, and other parts of the Islamic world. Assad is our ally whether we like it or not, so Christians might as well rejoice that they are allied to a man who is willing to go down with his ship, rather than sell out Syria to the international banking system and secularization, as our leaders did. The call for God’s holy Church globally is to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests [and to] always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). We must contribute in any small way that Western Christians can for the safety, security, and future prosperity of our Holy Church in Syria and for new converts and heroes to arise for Christ amongst the suffering and destruction wrought by the secular internationalists.