The Eastern Christians – The Exact Prefiguration of What’s Awaiting Us
Chrétiens d’Orient : l’exacte préfiguration de ce qui nous attend
Translation and Introduction by Jacob Thomas
Near the end of March, radical Jihadists in Syria attacked Kessab, a town in northwest Syria, near the Turkish border. A group of Turkish Islamists crossed the border and joined them in driving out its Armenian population whose grandparents were survivors of the Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks during the Great War of 1914-1918. In Aleppo, the Syrian commercial capital where a large Armenian population lives, the Jihadists have been concentrating their attacks to push them into another Exodus.
As an Eastern Christian, I was exceedingly troubled about this news as I know these places very well. In fact, during the summer of 1949, I spent a pleasant brief vacation at Kessab. What a beautiful summer resort it was, a town nestled in the mountainous area near Turkey. That memory is still fresh in my mind, a factor that adds to the intensity of the pain I feel about what amounts to the extermination of my people. Armenians with other ethnic and religious groups are the original inhabitants of the Levant, whose lives have been shattered ever since the Islamic Futuhat (Conquests) that began in the seventh century.
While Western media are giving more attention to these events, our political leaders seem to be blind to the true nature of Islam, still parroting that it is a peaceful religion that has been high jacked by radical Islamists. They ignore the imperialistic ideology inherent in this faith. At the moment, this hegemonic impulse is hard at work in Muslim-majority lands; before too long, it will start to impact the lives of Europeans as well.
Recently I read an article on the website of Riposte Laïque, the valiant French organization that enlightens France about the resumption of the Islamic Futuhat. The author referred to the plight of Eastern Christians living in Daru’l Islam as being “the exact prefiguration or precursor of what awaits Europeans” should they keep on ignoring the Islamic menace.
As the French language employs flowery expressions, I have sought to give an Anglicized version in my excerpts from the article, in tune with the English style which is direct and uses simpler prose.
“Eastern Christianity is condemned just as Czechoslovakia was in 1938, and Poland a year later. Instead of simply complaining about the fate of their brothers and sisters in the East, Western Christians better take notice of what is actually happening there, and re-acquaint themselves of the history of the last 1400 years. In fact, Eastern Christians have become the “Jews” of the twenty-first century. They are pursued, hounded, pogromed, assassinated, and dispersed by Islamic violence. These Christians are found in refugee camps in Turkey and in Lebanon, after fleeing from Syria. Their tragic situation amounts to a forced deportation from the lands of their forefathers.
“The official Western silence about the disappearance of the Eastern Christians is intolerable. This is evident in the criminal silence of the French Bishops, who are more preoccupied and concerned about by their relations with Islam, than showing compassion towards their brethren in the Levant!
“Do we really need to remind ourselves that today that France has become the Land of Conquest, where mosques are being built by force under the stupefied eyes of the French, mosques that carry the names of famous Islamic heroes. Just imagine a cathedral or a church built in the center of Rabat, or Doha, carrying the name and the watchword of Charles Martel![i]
“This Islamic advance and power are gathering momentum throughout the world. Wherever Muslims settle in force, they seek to apply the Sharia, even within Europe and in other Western lands. The tragedy of Eastern Christians is magnified by the fact that while our political leaders are aware of it, they haven’t taken any step to stop it. This applies to the leaders of all political parties, whether of the Left or the Right, or of the Center. They ignore the Islamic plan of conquest, forgetting that in less than half a century, an illuminated Nomad had exterminated all those who opposed him in Arabia, and that the armies of his successors had ravaged the Rhône valley[ii] in southern France. It’s hard to believe how amateurish and inept our present leaders have become!”
Having prepared this brief report about the worsening situation of the Syrian Christians, I was thankful to God to discover that the Journal of Georgetown University had published an article on the subject in June, 2013 with the title:
“The Plight of the Christians in Syria: Flagrant Violations of Christians’ Human Rights”
And on Thursday, 17 April, 2014, The Wall Street Journal published, on its Opinion Page, an article with this title:
THE MIDDLE EAST WAR ON CHRISTIANS: Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.
Please do read these well-researched essays, and reflect on a human tragedy that mere words cannot describe; and don’t be fooled by Islamic propaganda that seeks to silence any criticism of Islam, claiming that is a sign of Islamophobia!
[i] Charles Martel was the leader of the Franks who stopped the Islamic advance at the Battle of Tours, in southern France. It took place in 732 A.D. exactly one hundred years after the death of Muhammad. Most people don’t realize that within one century, Islamic armies conquered Persia, and several territories of the Byzantine Empire in the Middle East and in North Africa. In 710, Muslims crossed the narrow strait separating North Africa from Europe, and colonized Spain and Portugal until 1492! Had the Franks lost the Battle of Tours, it is quite possible that all of Europe would have been Islamized by force!
[ii] While the Islamic advance was stopped in 732, that did not mean that Islamic incursions into Europe had ended. Their activities continued in several parts of the continent, including their colonization of Sicily. The reference in the French article to the Rhône valley meant that Islam had not stopped to harass European areas whenever they could, including the infamous piracy that made travel in the Mediterranean extremely dangerous up to the middle of the 19th century!