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March 14, 2012

Neocons, evangelical Christians split over Syria

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

The Guardian has published the following quotation from a Robert Wright article in the Atlantic on the split between Evangelical Christians and Neoconservatives in the United States over toppling the regime in Syria. The Arab Digest has previously reported on the growing links between right-wing Israelis, American Neoconservatives, and members of the Syrian National Council. Sobhi Hadidi, a Syrian dissident and journalist, recently criticized these links, arguing that the Syrian people could topple Assad's regime on its own, without the need for external intervention.
While evangelicals are usually supportive of Israeli right-wing policies towards the Palestinians, whether Christian and Moslem; on Syria, they seem to be rather more concerned over the fate of around 2 million Christians if the current regime is toppled.

Here is the quotation from the Guardian:

"The evangelical press is reporting that Syrian Christians fear Assad's fall and is quoting them as warning against foreign intervention. Catholic periodicals convey similar concerns, and illustrate them with, for example, reports that Syrian rebels are using Christians as human shields. And Jihad Watch, the right-wing website run by Robert Spencer, a Catholic, bemoans what will happen to Syrian Christians as "Assad's enemies divide the spoils of the fallen regime." (Spencer has in the past been sceptical of interventions, but he reaches conservative Christians who have been less sceptical.) The alliance between neocons and conservative Christians that has worked in the past is going to be harder to put together this time.
Maybe it's in recognition of this challenge that neocons have been downplaying the role of Muslim extremists".

(Ammar Abdul Hamid, SNC member, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which is usually dubbed as the AIPAC thinktank)


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