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Syria: Longtime Muslim Neighbors Joined al-Qaeda Rebels Against Christians
Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/28/2013 | Pamela Geller

Posted on 09/28/2013 6:22:59 PM PDT by markomalley

“We knew our Muslim neighbours all our lives,” Georgios says .... we thought they would never betray us. We ate with them. We are one people.

Every time there is a conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims, "moderate" Muslims always join the jihadis. We've seen this time and time again all over the world. This is never discussed in the media. Read this. 

"Syria crisis: In sacred Maaloula, where they speak the language of Christ, war leads neighbours into betrayal"  The Independent, September 28, 2013 (thanks to Filip)

Muslims and Christians had lived together in this town of churches and caves. Now it is empty

The Diab family can never return to Maaloula. Not since the Christians of this beautiful and sacred town saw their Muslim neighbours leading the armed Nusrah Islamists to their homes. Georgios remembers how he peered over his balcony and saw Mohamed Diab and Ossama Diab and Yasser Diab and Hossam Diab and Khaled Turkik Qutaiman – all from Maaloula – walking in the street with men whom he said were dressed in Afghan-Pakistani clothes. “One of them had a Kalashnikov rifle in one hand and a sword in the other,” he says, shaking his head in disbelief.

Twenty years ago, identical tragedies destroyed the villages of Bosnia. Now they are being re-enacted in Syria. “We knew our Muslim neighbours all our lives,” Georgios says. He is a Catholic. “Yes, we knew the Diab family were quite radical, but we thought they would never betray us. We ate with them. We are one people.

“A few of the Diab family had left months ago and we guessed they were with the Nusra. But their wives and children were still here. We looked after them. Then, two days before the Nusra attacked, the families suddenly left the town. We didn’t know why. And then our neighbours led our enemies in among us.”

It is a terrible story in this most beautiful of towns, with its 17 churches and holy relics and its great cliff-side caves. Now the fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra – a rebel group with links to al-Qa’ida – are surviving in the caves and shooting down at the Syrian soldiers in Maaloula’s streets with Russian sniper rifles. You have to run from house to house, and one bullet smashed the windscreen of a parked car scarcely 10 metres from the balcony on which Georgios was telling his awful story. Up the road, a mortar round – apparently fired by Nusrah men – has torn a hole in the dome of a church. The Syrian army says it has driven the Islamists from Maaloula, which is technically true; but to leave the town, I had to ride in the back of a military armoured vehicle. It is not a famous victory for anyone.

Not one of the 5,000 Christian residents – nor a single member of the 2,000-strong Muslim community – has returned. Maaloula is, almost literally, a ghost town. Only Georgios and his friend Hanna and a few other local Christian men who joined the “national defence” units to defend their homes, are left. At least 10 Christians were murdered when the Nusra militia began its series of attacks on Maaloula on 4 September, some of them shot – according to Hanna – when they refused to convert to Islam, others dispatched with a knife in the throat. And there is a terrifying historical irony about their deaths, for they were slaughtered within sight of the Mar Sarkis monastery, sacred to the memory of a Roman soldier called Sergius who was executed for his Christian beliefs 2,000 years ago.

Hanna says that before the war reached Maaloula this month, both Christians and Muslims agreed that the town must remain a place of peace. “There was a kind of coexistence between us,” Georgios agrees. “We had excellent relations. It never occurred to us that Muslim neighbours would betray us. We all said ‘please let this town live in peace – we don’t have to kill each other’. But now there is bad blood. They brought in the Nusra to throw out the Christians and get rid of us forever. Some of the Muslims who lived with us are good people but I will never trust 90 per cent of them again.” The rest here.



TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: africa; christiangenocide; libya; maaloula; maalulu; obamaland; putinsbuttboys; rop; syria; terrorism; threatmatrix

1 posted on 09/28/2013 6:22:59 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

To the first sentence: then you were a fool.


2 posted on 09/28/2013 6:24:32 PM PDT by svcw (obama lied my plan died)
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To: markomalley
These are Obama's secular peeps


3 posted on 09/28/2013 6:25:57 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Don’t take my word for it, these are my opinions...Do your own Homework)
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To: markomalley

As long as their loyalty is to a Satanic political ideology, they can never be trusted. Wolves amongst sheep.


4 posted on 09/28/2013 6:29:27 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: markomalley

Coming soon to your neighborhoods’ Moderate Muslims.


5 posted on 09/28/2013 6:29:35 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: markomalley

Silly Infidels — there are NO “moderate” Muslims. Muslims are either active killers or they support the killers. Muslims have to either be eradicated or their numbers so reduced as to no longer constitute a threat. That means a war of Biblical proportions.


6 posted on 09/28/2013 6:43:25 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: markomalley

Excerpt from article . . .

“It never occurred to us that Muslim neighbours would betray us.”

Excerpt from Audacity of Hope by B. Obama . . .

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”


7 posted on 09/28/2013 6:46:57 PM PDT by conserv8
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To: markomalley

First taqiyah and then the sword.


8 posted on 09/28/2013 6:55:28 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: markomalley

I am guessing MxCain never met these mooselimbs.

Allen’s Snackbar!!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 09/28/2013 7:17:55 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: markomalley

I know it hurts to bee openly, dangerously betrayed. I could predict it from my distant spot on the map. For those raised in this country it’s very difficult. The majority of the population is poor, without resources to just buy a plane ticket and go to...someplace. Most have no place to go to, where they know they will be welcomed and safe.

Do not be surprised if Mr. Putin sees yet another opportunity to act boldly where our President hesitates or choses not to acknowledge the problem. With one goal being to publicly kick more sand in Obama’s face, Putin may find some round about reason to send Russian troops to protect these Christian neighborhoods from the ongoing Muslim slaughter.

It would be easy for Putin to stage such a scene, himself arriving (dressed in tailored fatiques) at just the opportune moment to be photographed firing a Kalashnikov. This would be followed by the last interview with Mikhail Kalashnikov who only recently died on May 27 2013 at age 93.


10 posted on 09/28/2013 8:27:48 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: MasterGunner01
That means a war of Biblical proportions.

Coming soon, IMHO.

11 posted on 09/28/2013 9:00:37 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ScaniaBoy; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
In case you missed it.

This is a Threat Matrix list documenting threats within and without. Anyone wanting on or off please advise.


12 posted on 09/28/2013 10:50:51 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Steven Tyler; markomalley

In my former professional career during 30+ years, I often dealt with the muzzies from different countries in North Africa and the Middle East including Persian Gulf countries!

Their god is NOT Allah.. Or Mohammed. It’s nothing but MONEY!!

To get their hands on the mammon they use the two above to reach their goals!!!


13 posted on 09/29/2013 7:09:29 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

There are plenty of “Cultural” Muslims, just like there are “Cultural” Jews and “Cultural” Catholics....Atheists in all but name.


14 posted on 09/29/2013 7:10:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: markomalley

Sanctuary cities.


15 posted on 09/29/2013 10:07:04 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: dfwgator

Have you personally dealt with muzzies in your daily career or have you just read about them???


16 posted on 09/29/2013 11:09:28 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: markomalley

“Moderate” Muslims (a contradiction in terms if there ever was one) join the Jihadis because they wish to keep their heads...Faced with personal survival, people usually know what’s good for them...

When faced with the decision “You die, Christian, or I die”, it is just human nature to choose “You...”

Robert Spencer has said many times (paraphrasing): “There are two kinds of Muslims...Those who have the courage to carry out Jihad, and those who don’t...Until they do..” When it benefits them to find their courage, I suppose...

Trusting Muslims is a foolish mistake, and the punishment is often your own death at their (your former “friends’”) hands...


17 posted on 09/29/2013 1:04:03 PM PDT by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: markomalley

B-B-But we need to support AIPAC in the drive to attack Assad.


18 posted on 09/29/2013 1:06:37 PM PDT by Hacksaw (I haven't taken the 30 silvers.)
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