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Syria crisis: al-Qaeda seizes village that still speaks the ancient language of Christ
Telegraph UK ^

Posted on 09/05/2013 10:49:25 PM PDT by Arthurio

7:46PM BST 05 Sep 2013

Fighting raged through the picturesque mountain village of Maaloula, near Damascus, on Thursday, as the regime launched a counter-attack against the rebels.

"They entered the main square and smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary," said one resident of the area, speaking by phone and too frightened to give his name. "They shelled us from the nearby mountain. Two shells hit the St Thecla convent."

Maaloula, tucked into the honey-coloured cliffs of a mountain range north of Damascus and on a "tentative" list of applicants for Unesco world heritage status, is associated with the earliest days of Christianity.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boehnerspeople; grahamspeople; maaloula; maalulu; mccainspeople; obamaspeople; putinsbuttboys; syria
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1 posted on 09/05/2013 10:49:25 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

I thought we were told nobody spoke it.


2 posted on 09/05/2013 10:56:16 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Arthurio

These Syrian rebels are pure evil.


3 posted on 09/05/2013 10:57:19 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: Arthurio

Obama’s vicious allies


4 posted on 09/05/2013 10:58:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Arthurio

That’s such a creepy image!


5 posted on 09/05/2013 10:59:12 PM PDT by Bobalu (Bobo the Wonder Marxist leads Operation Rodeo Clown against Syria)
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To: TBP
One of my fellow employees spoke English and Aramaic. He was on the project for a short time.
6 posted on 09/05/2013 11:05:28 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Arthurio

“First they took a brick factory owned by a Christian guy, who is now missing,” said the resident. “Then at around 5.30am, a car bomb detonated at the checkpoint at the entrance to the village.

“Some of the rebels entered a home near the checkpoint belonging to Yousef Haddad, a Christian. They tried to force him to convert to Islam.”

And Obama, McCain, Graham, and John F’n Kerry are ok with this, which tells me they agree with these people.


7 posted on 09/05/2013 11:05:39 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: BlackVeil

muslims are pure evil

the world will never know peace while members
of this cult walk the earth


8 posted on 09/05/2013 11:06:19 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Arthurio

9 posted on 09/05/2013 11:11:47 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: LeoWindhorse

If we’re going to attack Syria we need to kill these animals. Take out Assad and the “rebels”.


10 posted on 09/05/2013 11:12:06 PM PDT by virgil
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To: LeoWindhorse
“muslims are pure evil

the world will never know peace while members
of this cult walk the earth”

The evidence too date indicates you are correct.

11 posted on 09/05/2013 11:12:22 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: LeoWindhorse
From a letter from Trappist nuns in Syria:

Today we have no words, except those of the Psalms that the liturgical prayer puts onto our lips in these days:

Rebuke the Beast of the Reeds, that herd of bulls, that people of calves…oh God, scatter the people who delight in war…Yahweh has leaned down from the heights of his sanctuary, has looked down from heaven to earth to listen to the sighing of the captive, and set free those condemned to death…Listen, God, to my voice as I plead, protect my life from fear of the enemy; hide me from the league of the wicked, from the gang of evil-doers. They sharpen their tongues like a sword, aim their arrow of poisonous abuse…They support each other in their evil designs, they discuss how to lay their snares. “Who will see us?” they say. He will do that, he who penetrates human nature to its depths, the depths of the heart…Break into song for my God, to the tambourine, sing in honor of the Lord, to the cymbal, let psalm and canticle mingle for him, extol his name, invoke it…For the Lord is a God who breaks battle-lines! … Lord, you are great, you are glorious, wonderfully strong, unconquerable.

We look at the people around us, our day workers who are all here as if suspended, stunned: “They’ve decided to attack us.” Today we went to Tartous…we felt the anger, the helplessness, the inability to formulate a sense to all this: the people trying their best to work and to live normally. You see the farmers watering their land, parents buying notebooks for the schools that are about to begin, unknowing children asking for a toy or an ice cream…you see the poor, so many of them, trying to scrape together a few coins. The streets are full of the “inner” refugees of Syria, who have come from all over to the only area left that is still relatively liveable…. You see the beauty of these hills, the smile on people’s faces, the good-natured gaze of a boy who is about to join the army and gives us the two or three peanuts he has in his pocket as a token of “togetherness”…. And then you remember that they have decided to bomb us tomorrow. … Just like that. Because “it’s time to do something,” as it is worded in the statements of the important men, who will be sipping their tea tomorrow as they watch TV to see how effective their humanitarian intervention will be….

12 posted on 09/05/2013 11:14:48 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ELS; ...

ping!


13 posted on 09/05/2013 11:27:57 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
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To: Arthurio

Dear Father, please help Putin and Assad to protect our Christian brothers.


14 posted on 09/05/2013 11:58:51 PM PDT by Mr. Blond
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To: Bobalu

Preferable to the a-hole.


15 posted on 09/06/2013 12:16:27 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Arthurio

.

- I believe I heard that Obama OK’ed 100,000 Syrians to come to the USA (that means their families too - like Immigration Reform - 13 million becomes 45-60 million)

- Oh goody - can you imagine the freebies and goodies and subsidy money and scholarships (like the Boston Marathon Bombers and their family and friends did/do) they will all get?

- Is this on the “Honor System” because they can all be trusted - as in Obamacare?

- It is way past time for somebody to reach their expiration date for using too mucho booze (said the 1st WH physician) and “maybe a little/lotta blow”....

- Party on goofy clown!

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16 posted on 09/06/2013 2:06:19 AM PDT by devolve (----- ----- ----- get your hands off my wallet you damned dirty clown ----- ----- -----)
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To: Arthurio

I see Obongo is wearing a hoodie these days.


17 posted on 09/06/2013 2:08:13 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Arthurio

How does Al Queda get a hold of artillery?
Musta been that ‘Arab Spring’ money that went to the M. Bruthahood.


18 posted on 09/06/2013 2:41:52 AM PDT by golas1964
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To: Arthurio
These KILLERS of CHRISTIANS are FRIENDS of OBAMA!!! he WANTS the Muslim Brotherhood and AL QUEDA to be in charge of Syria!!

CALL the RNC and tell them how upset you are with Boehner, Cantor, McCain, Linda, etc....and that they will get NO MONEY OR VOTES from you!! I have done this, you should too.

19 posted on 09/06/2013 2:53:52 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: virgil

Wishful thinking on your part....that will NEVER happen because Obama WANTS the “rebels” in power. Think a little DEEPER on this.


20 posted on 09/06/2013 2:55:18 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Mr. Blond

AMEN!!


21 posted on 09/06/2013 2:56:21 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Arthurio

22 posted on 09/06/2013 3:17:17 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Arthurio

Well, this explains why Obama wants to link up with them....


23 posted on 09/06/2013 3:25:49 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: Mr. Blond; MestaMachine; maggief; thouworm

Extremists are taking Bibles from the Syrians throughout the rural communities...here’s a video showing a room full....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vufASx6S3OQ


24 posted on 09/06/2013 4:15:48 AM PDT by caww
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To: Arthurio

Haven’t you heard what Kerry said - there’s no al-Quaeda among the rebels, only good guys. Nothing will stop us from helping those freedom-minded warriors to topple Assad.

You say they slaughter Christians en masse? Don’t worry please, they’re doing it just for fun, it’s nothing but collateral damage.


25 posted on 09/06/2013 4:15:48 AM PDT by Altenkrug
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To: Arthurio

This is gonna end obscenely badly. In due time those villagers will run the risk of getting their tongues cut out if they continue to speak this language.


26 posted on 09/06/2013 4:15:48 AM PDT by freedom46and2
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To: Arthurio

Wiping out Christianity is the goal. Of our current administration.


27 posted on 09/06/2013 4:27:07 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: BlackVeil

Remember the word “allah” means “satan.”


28 posted on 09/06/2013 4:42:03 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: I want the USA back

They will FAIL as well.


29 posted on 09/06/2013 4:42:36 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Ann Archy

” The BLOOD of the Christian martyrs is the SEEDS for new CHRISTIANS.”


30 posted on 09/06/2013 4:44:04 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Altenkrug

Did you know that John Kerry served in Vietnam?


31 posted on 09/06/2013 4:53:52 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Altenkrug

Did you know that John Kerry served in Vietnam?


32 posted on 09/06/2013 4:54:09 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: BlackVeil
These Syrian rebels are pure evil.

Yeah, quick, let's help 'em out!

33 posted on 09/06/2013 4:54:16 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Arthurio

This is heartbreaking for me. Four years ago I visited Maaloula. I saw a few of the nuns and the orphans who are cared for at the convent. An ancient holy place now being destroyed.

For all his faults Assad protected the Christians.

http://www.google.com/search?q=maaloula,+syria&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=1sQpUuP8J4vK9gTL9IHoCw&ved=0CDcQsAQ&biw=1062&bih=918


34 posted on 09/06/2013 5:16:50 AM PDT by Atlantan
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To: BlackVeil

Yeah, it was only after the KLA terrorists took over the Albanian rebels in Kosovo did Clinton decide to bomb Christian civilians. Now BO is doing the same thing in Syria — help muslim terrorists and hurt whatever side defends Chrsitians.


35 posted on 09/06/2013 5:29:46 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (George Washington: [Government] is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.)
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To: TBP

Aramaic is not a dead language. Yet. Give them a couple more months.


36 posted on 09/06/2013 6:04:12 AM PDT by SisterK (we are toast)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


37 posted on 09/06/2013 7:40:09 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Mr. Blond

Amen.


38 posted on 09/06/2013 8:09:39 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: barmag25

Don’t you believe Kerry? There are only about 15% who are extremists. /s

For years I’ve heard that “only a small percentage of muslims hate us” but we have to fight them. Now we’re going to help that same 15%.


39 posted on 09/06/2013 9:42:16 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Arthurio

Prayer for Peace in Syria

 

God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.

God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
Amen.

Petition: For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end the fighting and choose a future of peace.


40 posted on 09/06/2013 10:11:51 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: barmag25
Your post is almost creepy in how it parallels this"


 

First They Came for the Jews

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

~Pastor Martin Niemöller

Community and individuality are not opposites. People cannot survive on their own. When the odds are stacked against you, you must rally with the oppressed and hated.

When a growing oppressive regime is taking hold, you must act, otherwise you will soon face your enemy alone and hopeless.

Strength of community is a strength as much as individualism, as long you are willing to face weaknesses in your own community. Ignoring slacking values will mean that you will be rallied against by those you oppress.

Niemöller affirms we must rally against unhealthy organized regimes. We must also stay vigilant with those that appear to be good natured, as all organisation attracts corruption. Niemöller also warns us that if it is you who are corrupt, then you will face a stronger combined force of foe!

~Vexen Crabtree


41 posted on 09/06/2013 10:13:14 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Biggirl

?? I’ve never heard that before.


42 posted on 09/06/2013 10:16:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nutmeg

Obama’s boys taking care of business for him.


43 posted on 09/06/2013 10:27:52 AM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: freedom46and2

“This is gonna end obscenely badly.”

Yep - I can feel it in my bones.


44 posted on 09/06/2013 10:45:15 AM PDT by Paulie
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To: Arthurio

They speak Hebrew in Syria?


45 posted on 09/06/2013 10:48:21 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Biggirl

>> Remember the word “allah” means “satan.” <<

.
True.

In addressing a ‘god,’ any name but Yehova glorifies Satan.


46 posted on 09/06/2013 10:52:22 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Aramaic is related to Hebrew. The present day Hebrew lettering is Aramaic based.


47 posted on 09/06/2013 3:16:02 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

No, aramaic is based on Hebrew.

Hebrew is a refinement of Chaldee, which was the early form of Hebrew spoken at creation. Most of the differences between Hebrew and Chaldee are in the shape of the strokes of the characters, which are literally pictures of what the character means. Modern Hebrew has more detailed strokes.

There are ancient Chaldee speakers in Wales, and it is almost the same as the Hebrew spoken by European Jews.


48 posted on 09/06/2013 3:23:35 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Did some reasearch and though this Wiki, it is a good start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramaic_alphabet

About Aramaic.


49 posted on 09/06/2013 3:45:02 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Aramaic is a semitic language, the language of Aram, a son of Shem.

As I’m sure you know, the sons of Noah spoke the same language that Abraham did, thus Aramaic is derivative of the Hebrew strain, and not far removed.


50 posted on 09/06/2013 9:22:44 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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