By Chris Rossini
Christians and Jews are being persecuted in the Middle East. Such a horrendous situation did not just fall from the sky. Though if you listen to Rick Santorum, you might think that it did:
"I can tell you, as president of the United States, if we’re gonna take refugees from Syria or refugees from Iraq or refugees from the Middle East, the refugees we’re gonna take are the people who being persecuted over there and the people who are being most persecuted over there are obviously, obviously Christians and Jews...They’re being crucified over there, they’re being burned at the stake, and they can’t get in the country [the U.S.]."
No prelude. No question as to why Christians and Jews are being persecuted, and no question as to why now?
In order to answer those questions, Santorum would have to shine light on a militaristic foreign policy that he supports for the United States.
Did Saddam Hussein persecute Christians? No he did not. Christians were safe in Iraq until the United States turned the country into a tinderbox where religious extremists could go after Christians.
Were Christians persecuted in Libya? No they were not. Once again, the United States turned another nation into complete chaos, where extremists run the show.
Were Christians persecuted in Syria? Once again, no. Syria is home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world! Trouble began when the U.S. and other Western powers decided to destabilize the country by backing violent "rebels."
Christians in Syria know the cause of their suffering. "It's simple," says Father Elias Hanout (of St Elias's Church - built in 542AD):
"If the West wants Syria to remain a country for Christian people, then help us to stay here; stop arming terrorists."
These are important details, don't you think?
It's time to stop this madness. The United States must return to the foreign policy of our Founders: Peace and no entangling alliances.