The Middle East: Will "the Cradle of Civilization ... become its Grave"? - American Minute with Bill Federer
President Nixon, in his last official address, August 8, 1974, left a cryptic warning of the Middle East "... so that the cradle of civilization will not become its grave."
The "cradle of civilization" refers to the Mesopotamian Valley, also called "the fertile crescent."
The Fertile Crescent stretches from Mount Ararat, the traditional resting site of Noah's Ark, southeast along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and southwest through the Levant to Egypt.
This area became the lands of:
Assyria is mentioned in the Book of Genesis, where it describes the location of the Garden of Eden, states (Genesis 2:4):
"And the name of the third river is Hiddekel (Tigris): that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria."
The first documented language in Assyria was "Akkadian," written in Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform characters.
In this language was the world's first great works of literature, the Atra-Hasis, and The Epic of Gilgamesh, possibly as old as c.2,500 BC.
The Epic gives the account of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, going on a long journey to meet his ancient ancestor who built a large boat, covered it with tar, boarded it with his family and animals, and survived a global flood.
Following the flood, in which all life on land drowned, the waters receded, and they left the boat and repopulated the world.
Over a hundred ancient civilizations have historical accounts tracing back to a flood in the distant past.
Gilgamesh is credited with being the first to build a wall to defend a city.
Around the year 2,371 BC, Sargon of Akkad conquered a number of walled cities to create "the first empire."
It was called Assyria.
The name "Assyria" is derived from "Asshur," its ancient capital city on the Tigris River, named after its founder, "Asshur," the second son of Shem, the son of Noah.
A pagan practice developed of considering deceased leaders as "deified," and Asshur was depicted as a feather-robed archer.
As explained by Peter BetBasoo, the Assyrian Empire under Sargon of Akkad absorbed the original Sumerian civilization of the Mesopotamian Valley.
In the 2nd millennium BC, the world's major cities included:
The ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in the Nineveh plains, near present-day Mosul, was a major religious and cultural center.
Being in a city afforded inhabitants protection and financial opportunities, but these benefits were received only in exchange for giving loyalty to the king of the city, who claimed to be appointed by the local deity.
Kings ruled like glorified gang leaders, using fear to get people to submit.
Babylonian King Hammurabi lived around c.1800 BC and exerted his rule over nearly half of Mesopotamia.
He was known for his law code which had three classes for society:
amelu (elite land owners),
mushkenu (free men), and ardu (slaves).
His law gave particular attention to bizarre and gruesome punishments.
Babylonians and Assyrians laid down the fundamental basis of mathematics:
the Pythagorean Theorem,
the concept of zero,
360 degrees in a circle,
parabolic domes and arches, and
longitude and latitude in geography.
The Telegraph reported (August 24, 2017) of a recent archeological discovery:
"A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today ...
The tablet, which is thought to have come from the ancient Sumerian city of Larsa, has been dated to between 1822 and 1762 BC ...
However unlike today's trigonometry, Babylonian mathematics used a base 60, or sexagesimal system, rather than the 10 which is used today. Because 60 is far easier to divide by three, experts studying the tablet, found that the calculations are far more accurate."
Around the time of Hammurabi, Abram was called out from the city of Ur in southern Babylonia.
He left Ur with:
his father Terah,
his wife, Sarai,
his brother, Nahor.
Nahor's wife Milcah, and
his nephew Lot, who was the son of Abram's deceased brother Haran.
They traveled north into western Assyria (present-day Turkey) to Paddan Aram (the field of Aram--a grandson of Noah by Shem.
Aram's descendants are called Arameans, who had migrated into the land of Assyria.
Abram and his relatives settled in a place called Harran.
God then called Abram to go further west, with his wife Sarai.
His nephew Lot accompanied them.
God changed Abram's name to Abraham and Sarai's name to Sarah.
His other relatives, including Nahor and his wife Milcah, with their sons remained in Harran.
One of Nahor's sons was Bethuel, father of Laban and Rebekah.
Rebekah became the wife of Isaac, the son of Abraham.
Isaac and Rebekah had sons Esau and Jacob.
Jacob married Laban's daughters Rachel and Leah.
"Then you shall declare before the Lord your God:
'My father (Jacob) was a wandering Aramean (some translations Syrian), and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous.'"(NIV)
Assyria's capital city of Nineveh continued growing, and by the 8th century BC, it had become the largest city in the world.
The Old Testament Prophet Jonah preached there in 760 BC.
The city of Nineveh repented, and lasted another 150 years.
Jonah's tomb existed in Nineveh until July 24, 2014, when it was destroyed by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) after President Obama had withdrawn U.S. troops.
From 745 to 727 BC, Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser III conquered most of the known world, his troops being feared for their cruel brutality.
His son, King Shalmaneser V, ruled the Neo-Assyrian Empire from727 to 721 BC, being notorious for carrying away Israel's ten northern tribes into captivity.
Assyrian King Sennacherib, 705-681 BC, is considered to have made Nineveh the most magnificent capital in the world.
The word "Arab" is actually the Assyrian word for "westerner," and was first used by King Sennacherib in telling his conquest of the "ma'rabayeh"-westerners.
By the 8th century BC, so many Arameans had immigrated into Mesopotamia that the Aramaic language became the lingua franca (common trade language) for the entire region, replacing the older languages of the Akkadians and Assyro-Babylonians.
Aramaic was spoken through the time of Christ, and was still in use by Christians in the small Syrian village of Ma'loula till the city was overrun by fundamentalist Muslim fighters in September of 2013, following the U.S. troop withdrawal.
Beginning in 538 BC, the following centuries saw Assyria invaded and ruled by other empires:
Persian Achaemenid Empire (Cyrus the Great);
Macedonian Empire (Alexander the Great);
Seleucid Empire (Antiochus IV Epiphanes, infamous oppressor of Jews);
Parthian Arascid Empire (Roman General Crassus, of the famous Triumvirate with Crassus and Caesar, was killed at Battle of Carrhae in Parthia, battle famous for the "Parthian shot.");
Roman Empire (Roman General Pompey began to annex Syria in 64 BC, following defeat of Armenian King Tigranes the Great);
Sassanid Empire (arch rival the Byzantine-Roman Empire for 400 years, till defeated by the Muslim army).
Greeks had popularized using the shortened name "Syria" to refer to western Assyria.
With the arrival of Christianity, Saint Thomas, Saint Bartholemew and Saint Thaddeus founded the Assyrian Christian Church in 33 AD.
A dialect of the Aramaic language called "Syriac" became the new lingua franca for that part of the world.
The Apostle Paul was thrown off his horse and converted on his way to Damascus, Syria.
The very name "Christian" was first given to followers of Jesus Christ in Antioch, Syria. (Acts 11:23-26)
By the year 265 AD, Syria was one of the first nations to be completely Christian.
In 269 AD, Syrian Queen Zenobia led a famous revoltagainst the Romans.
In the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries, Christian Assyrians began a systematic translation of famous Greeks works into the Syriac language, including philosophy (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle), medicine (Galen), science, and religion.
One of the greatest Christian Assyrian achievements of the 4th century was the founding of the first university in the world -- the School of Nisibis -- with departments in theology, philosophy and medicine.
It was a center of intellectual development in the Middle East and the model for the first Italian university.
Assyrian Christians pioneered hospitals, with the Bakhteesho family having nine generations of physicians and founding the great medical school at Gundeshapur in present-day Iran.
The Assyrian Christian physician,Hunayn ibn-Ishaq, wrote a textbook on ophthalmology (anatomy of the eye)in 950 AD which remained the authoritative source until 1800 AD.
Assyrian Christian philosopherJob of Edessa developed a physical theory of the universe rivaling Aristotle's.
In the 5th century, nine Christian Syrian Monks translated Greek, Hebrew, and Syriac works into the Ethiopian language of Ge'ez and organized Christian monastic orders and schools in Ethiopia, some of which are still in existence.
Saint John of Damascus in Syria, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, was one of the greatest scholars in the 8th century.
The literary output of the Assyrians and Jews was vast.
There are more ancient Christian writings in the language of Syriac than any other language, except for Greek and Latin.
Beginning in 634 AD, Arab Muslims swept in a torrent through the Middle East.
Chaldean and Babylonian astronomers were forcibly Islamized till they eventually disappeared.
In 772 AD, Caliph al Mansur ordered Jews and Christians to be branded on the hand.
In the 7th century, Syrian Christian scholars translated Greek works into the Arabic language.
The book, How Greek Science Passed to the Arabs, documented the work of 22 scholars, 20 of which were Christian Assyrians, with only one Persian and one Arab.
These translations were later taken by Moors into Spain, where Europeans translated them into Latin, laying the groundwork for the Renaissance.
As Muslims conquered trade routes to the east, they co-opted advances made by other civilizations, leading some to give them the attribution. Eventually, the thousands of years of rich Assyrian civilization was expropriated into the Arab culture.
During Islam's Golden Age, a famous Arab scholar and philosopher was Al Farabi (872-951). He became an expert in Greek science and philosophy.
Another prominent scholar was the Persian Avicenna (980-1037) who wrote 450 works on philosophy, medicine and math.
Another scholar during the Islamic Golden Age, was Averroes (1126-1198), a philosopher in Andalusia-Spain, who wrote on physics, music, geography, medicine and math.
They attempted to moderate Islam, even suggesting Paradise may not be a place of sensual gratification. An observer at this time may have speculated the Islamic world rather than Europe was about to experience the Renaissance.
All these efforts were abruptly ended by Ghazali (1052-1111), a fundamentalist Muslim scholar, who was considered the single most influential Muslim after Mohammed.
Ghazali was a "mujaddid" or "renewer of the faith" in Baghdad, who condemned moderate influences, writing:
"One should restrain anyone who would immerse himself in these mathematical sciences ...
for even though they do not pertain to the domain of religion, yet, since they are among the foundations of the philosophers' sciences, the student will be infected with the evil and corruption of the philosophers."
Where Al Farabi, Avicenna and Averroes failed to keeping the Islamic world open to philosophy and science, Thomas Aquinas succeeded in the Christian West.
Aquinas' work aided the universities springing up in Catholic cities of Paris, Naples, Bologna, Toulouse, and Oxford, which helped in preparing Europe for the Renaissance.
As the heavy burdens of the "dhimmi" status and intermittent persecutions caused the Assyrian Christian communities to decline, the so-called Golden Age of Islam correspondingly declined.
Between 1001–1026, Afghan conqueror Mahmud al-Ghazni invaded 17 times through the Hindu Kush, which means Hindu Slaughter. His secretary documented one such raid in the Tarikh-i-Yamini:
"The blood of the infidels flowed so copiously (at the city of Thanesar) that the stream was discolored, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it ... the infidels deserted the fort and tried to cross the foaming river ... but many of them were slain, taken or drowned ... Nearly fifty thousand men were killed."
In 1009, “Mad Caliph” Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah ordered the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem--the holiest site in Christianity.
Pilgrims returning from the Holy Land shared reports of persecution and cruelty toward “dhimmi” Christians.
In response, there were nine major Crusades and numerous minor ones from 1095 till 1291.
Then the Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan amassed the largest contiguous empire in world history, from Korea, China, and Afghanistan to Russia and Eastern Europe, 1206-1227.
A branch of the Mongols under Berke Khan converted to Islam and spread that religion to large area of the empire and further west into the Holy Land.
Gregory Bar-Hebraeus (1226-1286), a Syrian Orthodox Church leader, wrote how initial tolerance changed:
"And having seen very much modesty and other habits of this kind among Christian people, certainly the Mongols loved them greatly at the beginning of their kingdom, a time ago somewhat short. But their love hath turned to such intense hatred that they cannot even see them with their eyes approvingly."
In 1268, Mamluk Sultan Baibars conquered Antioch, Syria, the very city where the name "Christian" was first used.(Acts 11:23-26)
Baibars described his conquest in a letter to Bohemond VI, Prince of Antioch, May 1268:
"We took Antioch by the sword on ... the fourth day of Ramadan, and we destroyed all those you had chosen to guard the city ... your knights trampled by our horses, your houses looted ... your women sold in the marketplace ... your churches utterly destroyed, the crucifixes torn apart, the pages of the Gospels scattered, the tombs of the patriarchs trodden underfoot ... trampling down your altars ... cutting the throats of deacons, priests and bishops ...the Church of St. Paul totally destroyed so that nothing is left ... Seeing all this you would have said ... 'Would to God that I had never received the letter with these melancholy tidings.'"
In response to cries for help, France's King Louis IX -"Saint Louis" -set sail from Aigues-Mortes in 1270 leading the 8th Crusade to come to the aid of Christian states in Syria.
Tragically, King Louis was diverted to Tunis where he was defeated and died of dysentery.
In 1271, Edward I, the future King of England, undertook a 9th Crusade to help in Syria.
Tripoli (in present-day Lebanon) fell to Mamluk Sultan Qalawun in 1289, and Acre fell to Mamluk Sultan as-Ashraf Khalil in a bloody siege in 1291, thus ending the last traces of Christian rule in Syria.
When Marco Polo traveled east in 1271 AD, he noted Assyrian Christian missionaries had converted tens of thousands in India and China to Syrian "Nestorian" Christianity.
Even the influential mother of Kublai Khan,Sorghaghtani Beki, was a Nestorian Christian.
The first Mongolian system of writing used the Assyrian "Syriac" alphabet, with the name "Tora Bora" being an Assyrian phrase meaning "arid mountain."
As during China's Tang Dynasty, there was a thriving Syrian Nestorian Christian community in China which existed through the Yuan Dynasty.
Nestorian Christianity declined in China when the Ming Dynasty forced out Mongolian and other foreign influences.
Nestorian Christianity was eradicated from Persia and Central Asia by the Muslim crusader Tamerlane, who massacred an estimated 17 million.
Tamerlane killed every man, woman, and child in the ancient city of Asshur, ending a city which had been continually occupied for nearly 4,000 years.
In 1399, Tamerlane invaded Syria, sacked Aleppo, and captured Damascus. He massacred the inhabitants and erected towers made out of skulls.
Northern Iraq had remained Assyrian Christian until Tamerlane systematically decimated the population.
When Turks began imposing the Turkish language throughout the Ottoman Empire, the Syrian Christian scholars were credited for helping to preserve the Arabic language.
Venetian and Hungarian arms merchants provided advanced weapons helping Sultan Mehmet II conquer Constantinople in 1453.
For the next four and a half centuries, the Middle East was under Ottoman Muslim rule.
The King of Spain, Charles V made a treaty with the Persian Shan Tahmasp I in 1524, so that whenever the Ottoman Empire attacked westward into Europe, Persia would attack the Ottoman Empire from the east.
With negotiations beginning in 1525, Frances I, King of France, made a treaty with the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman against Spain, England and Russia.
In 1598, the English merchant brothers Anthony and Robert Sherley arrived in Persia seeking trade, initiating an Anglo–Persian Alliance, as Persia wanted military help against the Ottoman Empire, its main enemy to the west.
In the late 18th century, when the French military ordered a young artillery officer named Napoleon to teach them modern western artillery.
Napoleon resigned in protest.
Napoleon later invaded Egypt in 1798 and marched into the Holy Land.
During the Crimean War, 1853-1856, Britain and France armed and fought alongside the Turks against Russia.
In 1867, Mark Twain visited Syria, writing in his book Innocents Abroad:
"Then we called at ... the mausoleum of the five thousand Christians who were massacred in Damascus in 1861 by the Turks.
... They say those narrow streets ran blood for several days, and that men, women and children were butchered indiscriminately and left to rot by hundreds all through the Christian quarter; they say, further, that the stench was dreadful.
... All the Christians who could get away fled from the city, and the Mohammedans would not defile their hands by burying the 'infidel dogs.'
... The thirst for blood extended to the high lands of Hermon and Anti-Lebanon, and in a short time 25,000 more Christians were massacred and their possessions laid waste ...
How they hate a Christian in Damascus! - and pretty much all over Turkeydom as well."
In 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany sold rifles to the Ottoman Sultan in exchange for oil.
The British needed oil, so they made similar treaties with Persia, forming the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (BP) in 1908.
In 1908, a Turkish Spring began.
There was a brief euphoria when the Ottoman tyrant Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid was forced from power, but it quickly turned to horror.
Three Pashas, known as "The Young Turks" promoted the idea of "Ottomanization" - creating a homogeneous Turkey of one race, one language, and one religion - Islam.
Fundamentalist Turkish Muslims systematically expelled or exterminated hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims.
While the world focused on Germany, France and England during World War I, Turkish Muslims massacred ethnic minorities.
Over 750,000 Assyrians, 1 million Greeks, Albanians, Serbs, Syrians, and Bulgarians, and over 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were killed.
Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote:
"Turkish rule ... is now, oppressing or massacring, slaughtering or driving from their homes, the Christian population of Greek or Bulgarian stock ...
... Armenia and Cilicia, and Syria, where within the last two years it has been destroying its Christian subjects ...
The Young Turkish gang who gained power when they had deposed Abd-ul-Hamid, have surpassed even that monster of cruelty in their slaughter."
After World War I, the Ottoman Empire fell, followed by Ataturk leading in founding the Republic of Turkey as a more western, secular state.
Britain took Iraq as a protectorate, allowing them independence 1932, but one of Iraq's first governmental acts was to massacre 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Simmele.
France took Lebanon and Syria as protectorates, allowing them independence in 1943 and 1946, respectively.
During World War II, Hitler armed and trained fundamental Arab Legion, supported the Mufti of Jerusalem, and had an entire Bosnian-Muslim Panzer division.
Hitler stated August 28, 1942 (Hitler’s Table Talk1941–1944, translated by N. Cameron and R.H. Stevens, Enigma Books, 1953): "Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers ... then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world. Christianity alone prevented them from doing so ... The exhortation to fight courageously is also self-explanatory. Observe, by the way, that, as a corollary, the Moslem was promised a paradise peopled with sensual girls, where wine flowed in streams — a real earthly paradise. The Christians, on the other hand, declare themselves satisfied if after their death they are allowed to sing hallelujahs"!
More recently, in 1979, President Jimmy Carter abandoned the the pro-American Shah of Iran and allowed the Islamist Ayatollah to seize control of the country.
On October 23, 1983, fundamental Muslim terrorists blew up a U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. military personnel.
The United States responded to withdrawing troops, allowing Islamists to exert greater influence in the region.
During the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988, the U.S. supported Iraq's leader Saddam Hussein.
The Iran-Contra Affair, 1987, involved the U.S. selling missiles to Iran.
During the Afghan-Soviet War, the Islamist Taliban were armed and trained by the U.S. in one of C.I.A.'s most expensive covert operations.
As it was promoted by Congressman Wilson, it was portrayed in the movie Charlie Wilson's War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
It was also the subject of Sylvester Stallone's 1988 movie Rambo III, the most expensive movie produced to that date.
In 1986, a wealthy Saudi Arabian, Osama bin Laden, went to Pakistan and Afghanistan, to help the Taliban fight the Soviets. He received training from U.S. Special Forces commando Ali Mohammed.
Bin Laden then set up his al-Qaeda headquarters in the mountains and from there, planned terrorist attacks on American embassies, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
In 1995,President Bill Clinton's Operation Deliberate Force smuggled U.S. weapons to Iran and radical Islamistgroups for them to deliver to the Bosnian-Muslim forces fighting the Serbian Christian army.
The Guardian (04/21/02) published an article by Richard J Aldrich titled "America used Islamists to arm the Bosnian Muslims."
Though a republic, Syria experienced upheaval, coup d'etat, socialism, riots, and civil disorder.
During the period of the Obama-Biden administration, U.S. foreign policy allowed an "Arab Spring" to occur, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which removed moderate leaders and replaced them with those who wish to re-establish the caliphate -- a totalitarian Islamic State.
When President Obama reduced U.S. support of moderate leaders, and pulled the last U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2014, it left a power vacuum.
In exchange for Army defector Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. released five senior Afghan Taliban commanders capable, according to a 2008 Pentagon dossier, of leading Muslim fighters in the Middle East and in America. They were: Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mohammed Nabi Omari and Khairullah Khairkhwa.
The New York Post (8/16/21) mentioned Khairkhwa in an article titled "Taliban leader was freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2014 by Obama":
"Soon after gaining their freedom, some of the notorious Taliban Five pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan and made contacts with active Taliban militants there."
Under Obama-Biden Administration, the U.S. supported the Muslim Brotherhood's ousting of U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, then supplied arms to fundamentalist Muslim fighters in ousting Muammar Gaddafi in Lybia.
The U.S. then supplied and trained Muslim fighters to oust Assad in Syria.
When Russia came to Assad's defense, these fighters took the name ISIS and invaded Syria and Iraq, killing, raping, and beheading tens of thousands.
Since 2012, over a quarter of a million have been killed in Syria and Iraq by fundamentalist Muslim ISIS fighters.
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark reported on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," August 25, 2014, that ISIS is supported by U.S. allies of the Arab Gulf, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Turkey.
Reuters reported July 14, 2014, the U.S. was selling to Qatar $11 billion of Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems.
Just as political organizer Saul Alinsky recommended constantly changing tactics to keep opponents off-balance, fundamentalist Muslims have employed the use of different names: wahhabi; al-Qaeda; taliban; Muslim Brotherhood; ISIS; ISIL; Syrian rebels; etc.
Though using different names, they are united in the same ultimate goal of re-establishing the caliphate.
There was concern that any support the U.S. may send will find its way into the hands ISIS fighters operating under another name, and be used to remove Assad in the quest to re-establish the caliphate.
Gen. Thomas McInerney stated in a Fox News interview, September 4, 2014:
"We backed I believe in some cases, some of the wrong people and not in the right part of the Free Syrian Army and that's a little confusing to people, so I've always maintained ... that we were backing the wrong types ...
Some of those weapons from Benghazi ended up in the hands of ISIS - so we helped build ISIS. Now there is a danger there."
Senator Rand Paul told Erin Burnett in a CNN interview in May 9, 2013:
"I've actually always suspected that, although I have no evidence, that maybe we were facilitating arms leaving Libya going through Turkey into Syria ...
I have never quite understood the cover-up - if it was intentional or incompetence ... Were they trying to obscure that there was an arms operation going on at the CIA annex? ...
... I'm a little curious when employees of the State Department are told by government officials they shouldn't testify and then they are sort of sequestered and kept away from testimony, so I think there may be more to this."
In June of 2014, Reporter Aaron Klein of WND was told by Jordanian officials:
"Dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria ... (They) were trained in 2012 by US instructors working at a secret base in Jordan ...
The Jordanian officials said ... ISIS members ... received US training to fight in Syria."
German journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter told RT.com, August 21, 2014, the U.S. is supporting ISIS through its allies:
"In order to fight against the Islamic State in a successful way the West needs to sanction and punish all those powers that are supporting the Islamic State, namely Turkey and the Gulf states ...
'We have to see the Islamic State terrorists as a Western-created monster ...
... The Islamic State would not exist without the fierce Western help and also the support by the Arabic Gulf States, as well as the support from Turkey ...
Nobody was talking about helping Christians in the region."
Christian and Yazidis minorities are given the choice to convert to Islam or die, or pay the exorbitant dhimmi jizyah tax.
Hundreds of thousands of Christians fled.
ISIS destroyed hundreds of Christian churches in Syria and Iraq, such as the ancient 1,800 year old church in Mosul.
Since the first invasion of Islam in 634 AD, the Assyrian Church of the East, the Syriac Orthodox Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, the Maronite Church, and the Chaldean Catholic Church, quietly suffered 33 major genocides, averaging one every 40 years.
As reported by CNSnews.com, the Patriarch of Antioch, Gregory III, who oversees the 1.6 million members of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian territories and Sudan, stated:
"Who created this hell in which our people have been living for months? ...
... Every day, Islamic extremists from all over the world are pouring into Syria with the sole intent to kill and not one country has done anything to stop them."
Gregory III concluded his assessment of Syria:
"For the last two and a half years, Eastern and Western countries have not stopped sending weapons, money, military experts, secret service agents and Salafist fundamentalist armed gangs of thugs and criminals, who have fallen on Syria like a destructive new flood."
The Chaldean Catholic Church is comprised of an estimated 500,000 ethnic Assyrians in northeast Syria, northern Iraq, and areas bordering southeast Turkey and northwest Iran.
Chaldean Catholic Church Patriarch Louis Sako stated in September 2014 when asked by reporters at Beirut's airport of remarks attributed to him in the daily Ad-Diyar in which he accused the U.S. of supporting ISIS:
"The U.S. is indirectly responsible for what is going on in Iraq ...
... Our Muslim neighbors did not help us ...
Issuing a fatwa preventing Muslims from killing fellow Muslims is not enough."
Patriarch Sako stated:
"For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians."
The New York Post (6/8/14) reported "How the Taliban got their hands on modern U.S. missiles," stating:
"The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons ...
... Military records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile."
Eight years of the Obama-Biden Administration's Middle East foreign policy, the Syrian Christian population went from 2.5 million down to just a few hundred thousand.
Even Secretary of State John Kerry had to formally declare the exodus and deaths a "genocide," as reported by FoxNews (3/17/16; CNN, 3/18/16): "Kerry declares ISIS committing genocide against Christians, others
The Los Angeles Times reported (3/27/16): "In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA."
President Trump ended Obama's secret CIA program, as TIME Magazine reported (7/28/17): "President Trump ends covert plan to arm Syrian rebels."
In October 2019, Turkey invaded Syria again, sparking an international outcry.
In August of 2021, President Biden abruptly withdrew U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Whether it was, using Senator Rand Paul's words, "intentional or incompetence ... an arms operation going on at the CIA," President Biden's withdrawal gave the Taliban 600,000 weapons, estimated at $85 billion, and returned the U.S. to the Obama-Biden era foreign policy of supporting Islamists and isolating Israel.
Such headlines are considered by many as major world powers fueling tensions in the Middle East for globalist ends.
The words from President Richard Nixon's last public address, August 8, 1974, echo the warning to the present day:
"In the Middle East, 100 million people in the Arab countries, many of whom have considered us their enemy ... now look on us as their friends.
We must continue to build on that friendship so that ... the cradle of civilizationwill not become its grave."
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