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Saturday, 31 August 2013

THE ATTACK ON SYRIA BEING PLANNED BY THE UNITED STATES IS A CRIMINAL ACT

The Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Gregory III Laham has launched an appeal, urging: "We must listen to the Pope's appeal for peace … Syria needs stability”VATICAN INSIDER STAFFROME


 "We must listen to the Pope's appeal for peace in Syria. If western countries want to create true democracy then they must build it on reconciliation, through dialogue between Christians and Muslims, not with weapons. This attacked being planned by the United States is a criminal act, which will only reap more victims, in addition to the tens of thousands of these two years of war. This will destroy the Arab world's trust in the West," Gregory III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch of the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem of the Melkites told AsiaNews. His appeal comes “just a few hours after rumours of an imminent United States attack against Damascus. The intervention is supported by other countries: France, Great Britain, Turkey and the Arab League. The religious leader has sent out Pope Francis' August 25 appeal to all of Syria's parishes.” "The voice of Christians - said the Patriarch - is that of the Holy Father. At this time we must be pragmatic. Syria needs stability and an armed attack against the government really has no sense at all." "What or who,” Gregory III asks in his appeal to AsiaNews, “have led Syria to this thin red line, this point of no return? Who created this hell in which our people have been living for months?". "Every day - he explains - Islamic extremists from all over the world are pouring into Syria with the sole intent to kill and not one country has done anything to stop them, even the U.S. has decided to send in more weapons." The prelate stresses that the planned U.S. attack will affect the Syrian population above all and is no less serious than the use of chemical weapons.” “According to the Patriarch, Western countries continue to support a non existent opposition, which has no authority on the ground in Syria."All preparation for the Geneva 2 Conference - he told AsiaNews - has been stopped. The word dialogue is now forgotten. For months the Western countries have wasted time in discussions, while people were dying under Assad's bombs and attacks by Islamic al-Qaeda extremists." “Gregory III warns that a possible victory of the Islamists will give birth to a country divided into small enclaves, which will force Christians into a ghetto. "Our community dwindles every day. Young people are fleeing, families leave their homes and villages." For the prelate, "the disappearance of the Christians is a danger not only for Syria, but for all of Europe." "Our presence - he says - is the essential condition for a moderate Islam, which exists thanks to the Christians. If we leave, there can be no democracy in Syria. This is supported also by the Muslims themselves, who fear the Islamist's madness. Many say that they cannot live where there are no Christians.

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