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Three Church leaders issue joint condemnation of attack on Syria

Syrian Church leaders condemned the Western airstrikes against President Assad, calling them "unjustified aggression" and a "clear violation of international law".

Published: April 17, 2018, 10:08 am

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    The statement is a stinging rebuke against the illegal strikes by the US, the UK and France on early Saturday morning and was signed by John X, the Greek Orthodox Patriach of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriach of Antioch and all the East, and Jospeh Absi, Melike-Greek Catholic Patriach of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem.

    In their joint statement the heads of three major churches together said that they “condemn and denounce the brutal aggression”. The Syrian army neither owned nor had it used chemical weapons against anyone, the statement added.

    They also urged churches in the UK, US and France to “fulfill their Christian duties” and “condemn this aggression and to call their governments to commit to the protection of international peace”.

    The three church leaders understand that President Assad’s rule has been providing stability and tolerance for Syria’s Christian minority, and they blasted the airstrikes as “an unjustified assault on a sovereign country”.

    Western powers have justified raining bombs on Syria by maintaining that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government. They will “assess their options” if Damascus “uses chemical weapons again”, Boris Johnson said on Sunday, ignoring the raging debate over the actual legality of the raids and his evidence-free accusations.

    “It causes us great pain that this assault comes from powerful countries to which Syria did not cause any harm in any way,” the statement continued.

    “This brutal aggression destroys the chances for a peaceful political solution and leads to escalation and more complications. This unjust aggression encourages the terrorist organisations and gives momentum to continue in their terrorism.”

    The Church leaders called on the United Nations’ Security Council, where France, the US and Britain have the privilege of permanent seats, to “play its natural role in bringing peace rather than contribute to escalation of wars”.

    The Church leaders praised the Syrian Arab Army and added that they would “pray for the souls of the martyrs and the recovery of the wounded”.

    The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, released a prayer for peace in Syria on Saturday but has refused to condemn the bombing of Syria.

    The Methodist Conference in the UK urged the government to abandon the bombing campaign earlier this week and the Anglican Church in Wales backed calls for a diplomatic approach instead of military intervention.

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    • Sorry, Syrian Christians, but many Western churches are J-philo, pro-Zionist, evangelicucks. Not likely, they’ll oppose any war that advances Israeli hegemony in the Middle East. In fact, some churches engage in “refugee resettlement” of browns and blacks to the US, as Tikkun Olam “repairs the world”, via White Genocide.

    • CumExApostolatus

      Thanks to the World Council of Churches (organized and funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation…you know, the guys who love humanity and are “philanthropists”) Christianity was de-fanged. Thanks to the infiltration of the seminaries of the Catholic Church at the turn of the 1900s by Communists and homosexuals (read Bella Dodd’s testimony to Congress in the 1950s), the Catholic Church was de-fanged. Of course, it laid down with the enemy in 1515 A.D. when it started its first usury bank (Monte’ di Pieta’) under the Medici Pope, Leo X. Once you lay down with dogs, you’re bound to get fleas. Read Michael Hoffman’s article, “500 years ago the Pope of Rome made possible the beginning of the rule of the Money Power over the West” on his blog revisionistreview. blogspot. com /2015/05/ may-4-1515- reign-of-loansharks-begins .html

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