Thursday, September 05, 2013

Syria's al-Qaeda freedom fighters invade Christian village

It has been tweeted out, but is grossly under-reported. As Presidents Obama and Hollande prepare to bomb the evil President Assad to kingdom come, those righteous Al-Qaeda freedom fighters have slaughtered a garrison of the regime's soldiers and were then somehow forced to invade the predominantly Christian village of Maloula. The report is patchy, but German intelligence doesn't seem to be able to intercept nuns' telephone conversations.

We know that the assault on Maloula was carried out by rebels from the Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group. Apparently one of their number blew himself up at a regime checkpoint at the entrance to the village. This suicide attack was followed by fighting between the 'rebels' and Assad's forces.

The information has come from a nun in the village. The 'rebels' have now seized the checkpoint, disabled two tanks and an armoured personnel carrier, and killed eight regime soldiers. She tells us they have taken over the Safir hotel on top of the mountain overlooking the village, and are firing shells from there. Assad's military is trying to repel the invasion. "It's a war," she said. "It has been going from 6am in the morning."

Some 80 people from the village have taken refuge in the convent, which houses 13 nuns and 27 orphans. Maloula, a mountain village some 60 kilometres northeast of Damascus, is home to about 2,000 residents, some of whom still speak a version of Aramaic, the ancient language which would have been spoken by Jesus.

Under the protection of the mystical Shi'a-Alawites, Syria's ethnic and religious minorities have been relatively free to live and worship. This will not be the case under the Sunni-Wahhabis. We know that Assad has stockpiles of chemical weapons. He may have used them, but it is by no means certain that he has. What is certain is that the 'rebels' which the US and France are about to assist are itching to get their righteous hands upon them. Syria's nuns do not want to be bombed: a group have written:
The Pope has spoken up, patriarchs and bishops have spoken up, numberless witnesses have spoken up, analysts and people of experience have spoken up, even the opponents of the regime have spoken up…. Yet here we all are, waiting for just one word from the great Obama? And if it weren’t him, it would be someone else. It isn’t he who is “the great one,” it is the Evil One who these days is really acting up.
If the US and France assist Syria's 'rebels', Maloula's nuns and all those who shelter in its convent will eventually be gassed to death in Al-Qaeda's final solution. Their equation for salvation is simple: Christians + Sarin = Allahu Akbar.


Blogger David Hussell said...

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me ?

Your Grace, there will be many praying for these beleaguered people, our brothers and sisters in Christ, as a result of this information.

"The great Obama" and Hollande have no perspective or understanding of the dark forces involved here, they are mere pawns in a greater game. Thankfully the UK has, for once, refused to act as Deputy Sherif.

5 September 2013 at 10:53  
Blogger Nick said...

Disturbing news indeed. It is also proof (if proof were needed) that the West is backing those seek the destruction of Christians).

I hope that Cameron, Hollande, and Obama have not become so warped that they do not care about the massacre of those who share the same religious heritage as most Westerners. I must admit, the contempt shown to Christians by our own Prime Minister makes me wonder sometimes.

Please keep the reports flowing YG - we'll hear nothing about this incident through the BBC or C4.

5 September 2013 at 10:56  
Blogger Jay Bee said...

Latest reports suggest that the rebels have left the village and heavy clashes are going on in the surrounding mountains. Maybe the immediate danger is diminishing.

In the broader scenario Syria is a ghastly mess. If the rebels win it is the end of a Christian presence in the country but an Assad win aids Iran to the detriment of the survival of Israel. So the world relies on Obama the Great and his amazing military microsurgery to save the patient. The Commander in Chief has spoken: “Syria is not Iraq or Afghanistan.” I hope his cruise missiles were paying attention.

5 September 2013 at 10:57  
Blogger Martin said...

We await O'Bummer's & Cameron's condemnation of the rebels & threat to wipe them out.

Strangely I don't think it will happen.

5 September 2013 at 11:02  
Blogger David Hussell said...


I have seen no evidence that Cameron cares a fig about Christianity or Christians per se. I believe that it means nothing to him beyond a superficial social gloss.

He just says, totally cynically, what he thinks will win votes, but usually misjudges it, and loses them. He's a disaster from any angle.

5 September 2013 at 11:20  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

In choosing the lesser of two evils the prospects for non-Suni Muslims and others is bleak. Regarding the future of Syria, Assad for all his crimes, is/was preferable to Wahabbism.

The US and not for the first time is going to back the wrong Dictator.

5 September 2013 at 11:32  
Blogger Unce Brian said...

It's not about atrocities any more, it's about Iran. Two years of "Arab spring" have left the Alawite-Baathist-Assad faction weakened to the point where they wouldn't be able to cling on to power any longer if they didn't have Iran to prop them up. In other words, Assad's Syria is now in the process of becoming -- if it hasn't already become -- a satellite state of the ayatollahs' new Persian Empire. That's what we're up against now.

5 September 2013 at 11:35  
Blogger LEN said...

Islam is as much a political as a religious organisation which intends to spread until the whole World is under its power.
There can surely be little doubt in anyone`s mind that these are the objectives of Islam?.
Whilst Jesus Christ said his Kingdom was not of this World it is quite obvious that Islam is very much of this World and uses tactics of this 'present World system to dominate and subjugate those' who oppose it.
Islam shows every characteristic of its creator Mohammed and we should not be surprised at the methods used by his followers.
Those who wish to intervene in Syria will possibly cause greater problems with the possibility of putting Islamic fundamentalists in power much as in Egypt with even greater bloodshed.

5 September 2013 at 11:39  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

‘…intelligence agents from Saudi Arabia, the US, Jordan and other allied states are working at a secret joint operations center in Jordan to train and arm handpicked Syrian rebels, according to current and former US and Middle Eastern officials.

‘The CIA has put unspecified limits on its arming efforts. But the agency has been helping train rebels to better fight. Earlier this year it also began making salary payments to members of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, US and Arab officials said. There are now more CIA personnel at the Jordan base than Saudi personnel, according to Arab diplomats.’—The Wall Street Journal

The United States, training Muslims ‘to better fight’ and kill Christians.

5 September 2013 at 11:45  
Blogger IanCad said...

Thanks for the link Johnny --

I believe that it was Einstein who defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The insane foreign policy of the US is going to come back and bite them some day.

5 September 2013 at 11:54  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

I wish the US was acting from ignorance. Sadly there is plentiful evidence that they know what they do.

5 September 2013 at 12:00  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Nick @ 10:56

In World War 2, those wanting an approximation of the truth tuned in to the BBC.

Now to get at the truth we have to ignore the BBC and tune in to Cranmer.

5 September 2013 at 12:06  
Blogger Nick said...


You are correct. For many years I watched BBC news almost religiously. I used to sing its praises to my Russian wife who was more sceptical. Now I see she was right to not take it too seriously. Coming from an ex-communist regime she recognises propaganda when she sees it.

Having not watched BBC news for several months I realise that the "real" news is often found through other sources

5 September 2013 at 12:21  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

Being of somewhat libertarian and somewhat right wing tendency, and knowing how surreal Pravda was (esp. when you know it meant "truth"; very ironic!) I am amazed and rather confounded to find that "Russia Today" is quite often more accurate than the BBC. I know this is partly down to Russia changing but nevertheless it feels like the familiar landmarks have been changed.

I was galled to discover some of General Wesley Clark's comments on the list of nations down for war- was it eight in six years(?) ending with Iran. I cannot recall the exact details but they are easy enough to google. After Syria there was Lebanon, Somalia and Iran; that I do remember.

5 September 2013 at 12:47  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

Libya, Sudan and Iraq were also on the list; it was 7 countries. Not sure where Afghanistan comes in. But these wars are not reactive; they are pre-planned, and every so often an army guy with a conscience leaks.

At one time I knew s.o. sponsored by the army who was due to be a strategist- way back. He had to give up, and repay his sponsorship when he realised that he would have to be willing to plan aerial bombardments of villages with innocent men, women and children, as collateral damage, and that this was incompatible with his Christian faith. That is modern warfare, which has massive civilian casualty rates, whatever they try to tell you. Civilian casualty rates have risen astronomically ever since World War 1. Robotics hold some hope of lessening that, but it is still early days.

5 September 2013 at 12:56  
Blogger David Hussell said...

The Explorer et al,

Yes if you compare the BBC news with other sources, including Russia Today, it soon becomes apparent that, at times, it is little better than propoganda, particularly when whatever UK government in power takes a left/liberal point of view, as it is defined nowadays.
The coverage of the Libya bombings was a classic. If it was not for the fact that there were human beings having the bombs dropped upon them I would have laughed. And do we hear anything about the problems there since their "liberation". The use of the very silly, dangerous phrase "Arab Spring" says a lot.

5 September 2013 at 13:20  
Blogger David B said...

The whole situation is a mess. No doubt there are good people in the area, but it seems that none of them are leaders of any side, sect, or whatever.

All very sad, but I fear that Dreadnaught is right.


5 September 2013 at 14:08  
Blogger Albert said...

Thank you for drawing this to our attention. We are yet to hear of a military objective for the US that will actually make things better, I think.

5 September 2013 at 15:39  
Blogger Nick said...

Indeed Albert. I think the US reponse was a bit of a knee-jerk reflex to the alleged use of chemical weapons. It was certainly not a response based on consideration of the evidence or good judgement.

I was just reading that Cameron was rushed into a quick vote o military action by the White House. Rushed and ill-considered policy seems to be his hallmark. He was told to jump, so he did, and landed flat on his face this time.

5 September 2013 at 15:49  
Blogger Albert said...


It's gay marriage all over again (not that I'm asking for a discussion of that!). Announce a decision and then learn the consequences. I wonder if Dr C can use his influence with the Conservative Party to persuade them to elect a leader who is a bit more grown up next time.

5 September 2013 at 16:45  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

One suspects if Jabhat al-Nusra had occupied Maaloula with the intention of preventing Maaloula gay pride from taking place, the resulting outrage would have thundered around the ‘civilized’ world. Obama would be sending Assad a ship full of rockets, there might even be UN condemnation, and Haig himself no less would be on a plane out there. As the man has said, Britain’s foreign policy must have a conscience and that Britain must “stand up for human rights overseas.”

But mere persecution of Christians ? Apparently, that’s what we Christians are there for. It really does go with the territory. To be expected and to be endured. The question then is exactly HOW did this come about !!! Why is persecution of the followers of Christ overseas totally ignored by a government who’s prime minister purports to be a Christian ? Surely it can’t be because modern grievances being new attract human interest, but ancient problems just bore. Is civilized humanity that shallow ?

5 September 2013 at 18:32  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Am I missing something here? When I read the headline, I thought I would read that Al Qaida had massacred the population of a Christian village. This seems to be nothing more than "Rebels assault village. Civilians caught in cross fire." This story could be "Marines assault Naha in bitter fighting on Okinawa." There is nothing remotely unusual in this story as far as I can tell. There is nothing that I can see that allows it to be credibly juxtaposed with use of CW by Assad. What is the hook that allows a statement like ...

Christians + Sarin = Allahu Akbar.


5 September 2013 at 18:41  
Blogger Naomi King said...

When you remember that Obama is a Sunni Muslim and Cameron is on the "dark side" as proved by homosexual so called marriage, their seemingly insane behaviour all makes perfect and evil sense.

5 September 2013 at 18:47  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

I couldn't help but feel that Obama knew all along that chemical weapons would be used by rebels to give the US an excuse they needed to intervene and get rid of Assad and his regime when he made his red line in the sand speech to the world. He said those words on purpose not in error. I gave him the benefit of the doubt at first but reading this from HG and piecing together many other items of news and videos it all seems to point in the one direction.

Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs ends his informative and interesting article in GR below with these questions:

“And there remain the questions: Given the extent of the involvement of the “Mukhabarat Amriki” in opposition activities, how is that US Intelligence did not know in advance about the opposition’s planned use of chemical weapons in Damascus?

It is a colossal failure.

And if they did know and warned the Obama White House, why then the sanctimonious rush to blame the Assad Administration?

Moreover, how can the Obama Administration continue to support and seek to empower the opposition which had just intentionally killed some 1,300 innocent civilians in order to provoke a US military intervention? “

5 September 2013 at 18:47  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Marie it is worse that that, the US apparently planed and set up the release of the chemical weapons by the rebels to enable Obama to attack on behalf of his Al Qaida friends in Saudi Arabia. The whole thing is a set up job.

5 September 2013 at 18:51  
Blogger seanrobsville said...

U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime' from the Daily Mail web archives (though removed from current website)

5 September 2013 at 18:57  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

There is every possibility (from knowing about conflicts past) that IF the government forces used gas, it was decided by a commander in the field, and not Assad. Is Obama willing to unleash the dogs and add to the carnage in those circumstances ?

5 September 2013 at 19:08  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Thanks for that link Seanrobsville, The whole US attack is a total set up.

"U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime'

"Leaked emails from defence contractor refers to chemical weapons saying 'the idea is approved by Washington'

Leaked emails in January 2013 have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria, that could then be blamed on Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

"A report released on Monday 28th January 2013 contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined which explains that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons. This was following on from Barack Obama making it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad a month earlier in December 2012 that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people."

Here is the smoking gun. This whole chemical weapons fiasco is a Obama fix and set up to have an excuse to intervene on the side of the rebels in a civil war in an independent country totally in convention of International Law !

5 September 2013 at 20:13  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Britam Defence, David Goulding and Philip Doughty
PUBLISHED: 18:59, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:59, 18 April 2013

An article on 29 January reported allegations on the internet that the US Government had backed a plot to launch a chemicals weapons attack in Syria and blame it on the Assad regime.
The reports made reference to an email said to have been from David Goulding, the Business Development Director of Britam Defence, to company founder, Philip Doughty. The email had been published on the internet after Britam’s computer system was illegally hacked in Singapore. It referred to a proposal that Britam would deliver chemical weapons to Syria for enormous financial reward and suggested that the directors were willing to consider the illegal proposal.
We now accept that email was fabricated and acknowledge there is no truth in any suggestion that Britam or its directors were willing to consider taking part in such a plot, which may have led to an atrocity.
We apologise to each of them and have agreed to pay substantial damages.

Read more:

5 September 2013 at 21:27  
Blogger Mr. Mcgranor said...

I do not prescribe to the inclusion of Oriental nor Eastern Orthodox in true Christianity. I see this as a humanitarian concern, not a Christian one.

5 September 2013 at 21:30  
Blogger Peter D said...

This is a civil war - an old Arabian v's Persian dispute wrapped up in competing versions of Islam. Christians and other innocent civilians of all faiths, or none, will inevitably suffer.

5 September 2013 at 21:57  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

5 September 2013 at 22:07  
Blogger Naomi King said...

“Our government tells us that we are fighting a war on terrorism.” That is what is taught to new recruits in the US Armed Forces. “We’re spreading democracy by combating terrorism”. Yet in recent months, millions of Americans have become aware of the fact that the Obama administration is lying.

Supporting the Terrorists

"Barack Obama and John Kerry are not fighting terrorism. Quite the opposite: They are actively supporting Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria, who are responsible for the most despicable crimes, killings and atrocities directed against the civilian population.
These crimes have been amply documented. Beheadings, executions of children. The most gruesome massacres.

"The Al Nusrah brigades have performed thousands of executions. A recently released video reveals how two young boys are executed following the reading of a death sentence.In the video can be seen a terrorist reading death sentence to the boys, gunfire is heard, boys fall dead.”

These 'rebels' are the people who are being supported by the US government

"The terrorists are directly recruited by the Western military alliance. They are trained in Saudi Arabia and Qatar in liaison with the US and NATO.

"These are the rebels who, according to CNN, have also been trained by Western special forces in Jordan in the use of chemical weapons. And they have used chemical weapons against innocent Syrian civilians.

See more at:

5 September 2013 at 23:52  
Blogger Naomi King said...

US Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean are “fully ready” to launch cruise missiles into Syria as part of a US military campaign that would not involve “extraordinary” monetary costs, a top US admiral said on Thursday.

US President Barack Obama has instructed the Pentagon to expand the list of potential Syria targets as a reaction to new intelligence that Syrian President Bashar Assad has been moving troops and chemical weapons equipment, military officials told the The New York Times. This means that the original list of at least 50 major sites will be further expanded.

Pope Francis called on world leaders attending the G20 summit in Russia yesterday to seek peace in Syria through diplomatic means, laying aside the “futile pursuit” of a military solution. In an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is hosting the G20 summit, Francis said that lopsided global interests have blocked a diplomatic course in the Syrian conflict and have led to the “senseless massacre” of innocent people. “To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution,” Pope Francis wrote.

6 September 2013 at 07:55  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Mr Mcgranor,
Syria is a Christian heartland. I would rather be in a church there than in a snob-ridden western church.

6 September 2013 at 07:57  
Blogger Naomi King said...

You will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras. Are these the people you want to support? Is it them who you want to supply with weapons? Then this probably has little relation to humanitarian values that have been preached in Europe for hundreds of years.

Putin was referring here to the notorious video of a jihadi leader biting into the organs of a Syrian soldier while screaming Islamic slogans.

Now, the straightforward Russian has asked another equally important and straightforward question — the sort of question so full of common sense that most Western politicians never expect to hear a fellow politician asking (and, as usual, one the Western media have failed to report on, though Arabic media is abuzz with it).

In a videotaped interview published today concerning U.S. attempts to go to war in Syria, not only did Putin criticize Secretary of State John Kerry’s dissembling concerning the nature of the Syrian opposition, but he also said:

There is another question: if it turns out that the armed rebels are the ones who used weapons of mass destruction, what will the United States do with the armed rebels? And what will it do with those sponsoring the rebels? Will they stop supplying them with arms? Will they start fighting against them?

Indeed. Considering that invading Syria is almost entirely being rationalized in the context of Assad violating the human rights of others, what will the U.S. — Obama, Kerry, McCain, et. al. — do if it turns out that the al-Qaeda led rebels are, in fact, the ones using such weapons, assignificant evidence already indicates?

Probably what they are doing now: continue misleading Americans and go to war anyway, since — and once again — this has nothing to do with chemical weapons.

6 September 2013 at 09:48  
Blogger Naomi King said...

We know that the US does not exist in the End Times, perhaps Syria will is the beginning of this extinction ? This will be such a shame for the 50 % or so of the American people who are believers in the Living God. God bless them.

6 September 2013 at 09:54  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Naomi, on what premise do you assert that the USA 'does not exist in the End Times'?

Its a genuine question. I'm trying to make sense of it all, not least since reviewing the appalling Isaiah 17 Damascus prophecy. Given Isaiah' remarkable track record of fulfilled prophecy one is alarmed.

6 September 2013 at 13:17  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Dear Steve

Although China and Russia were not known in Biblical times there are scriptures that point to them in Ezekiel and other books written by major prophets.

However, the closest that anyone has come to deciding if the west or America is involved in the End Times is the debate over the Lions or villages of Tarshish. Tarshish may be be Spain or it may be Britain. If it's Britain then the USA is one of the Lions or villages (colonies) of Britain. the Exekiel 38:13 war.

Sheba, Dedan and the lions of Tarshish are only observers of the events portrayed in Ezekiel 38/39.

However, Psalm 83 talks of a confederation fighting Israel and a lot of scholars believe this is a war that will precede the Ezekiel 38/39 war and is about to open up in the middle east.

I think the USA will have a dramatic impact upon creating the setting or scenario for the Pslam 83 war to start. The USA and western allies may well attack Syria and the response of the muslims will be to attack Israel! The attack on Israel will most like be the Pslam 83 confederation.

Russia's response may be (with China as an ally) a nuclear strike on US naval bases, where Obama has foolishly stockpiled many aircarft carriers in a few harbours. The loss of America's navy would restrict her to minor land operations and using nukes.

However, I do not believe such a radical scenario will necessarily happen. I think a civil war in the USA over the second amandment right to bear arms or the dithering of Obama (yes that's how close we are to it all happening!) is more likely OR the rapture will make the USA too weak/broke or in civil strife to be an actor on the world stage. Just the other day a US admiral says the US is now too weak and broke to attack Syria and face its fall-out.

Damascus 'disappears in a day' so it may well be a nuke fired by Israel after she has been hit by Syrian chemical warheads. Israel has promised a mighty, terrifying response if any country attacks her with chemical weapons. Jeremiah 49 talks of troops dying in the streets so it may also be a very vicious war with Israeli troops demolishing the city very quickly. I am inclined to think it will be an Israeli nuke as Damascus is not lived in again (nuclear fallout).

I strongly recommend you starts reading articles on this website, which is excellent.

6 September 2013 at 17:24  

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