The only power standing between Christianity and its extinction in Syria is the Syrian government and the Syrian Arab Army who have protected and defended these communities because they are Syrian and part of the diverse, historic fabric of this nation essential for its continued multi-cultural identity.
Crossing the Euphrates, Darah Qawzak bridge. Every inch of Syria returning to Syria. This area that we drove through had, at one time, been under control of ISIS.
“As so often with Trump, I think his near psychotic obsession with showing he could do better than Obama explains the Baghdadi caper.”
What always strikes me and moves me about the SAA soldiers is their simplicity, their kindness and their humanity. These are not “government forces” or “Assad’s militia” as colonial media would love you to believe, they are farmers, doctors, students – fathers, brothers, sons and husbands. They are of the people and they are dying for the people across Syria.
This short interview is so familiar – the same history of externally fuelled sectarianism and terror, the refusal to accept an ideology so far removed from Syria’s secular culture, the destruction and the determination to rebuild and to restore Syria, not to how it was before but better.