In my April 12 Tribune Papers (NC) and Times Examiner (SC) article I asked: “What about the 1.7 million Christians in Syria?” In my May 10 article, I summarized the Armenian and Greek genocides perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire and Nationalist Turkish regimes from 1900 to
1923 that killed 3.5 to 4.3 million Armenian, Greek, Assyrian, Maronite, and other Christians.
I knew when I wrote these articles that the number of Syrian Christians had certainly been reduced from 1.7 million by the savage attrition of ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s several affiliates in Syria and by the exodus of those fleeing the economic devastation and acute suffering and dangers of civil war. Two big questions are how many Syrian Christians are left in Syria and what has been their fate of the rest? The third big question is what will be the fate of the Christians remaining in Syria, if the predominantly radical Sunni Muslim rebels take power? The answer to the third question is obvious to those who know the tenets of salafist (fundamentalist and revivalist) Sunni Islam. The Christians along with their moderate Alawite Shia Muslim allies and other minorities must flee, convert to fundamentalist Islam, or die.
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