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Syria: Assad’s ouster could end Middle East Christianity

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“As mass protests and violent demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa take place in the name of democracy, Christians in the region have become more fearful, leading those in Syria to throw their support behind autocratic dictator President Bashar Assad,” World Net Daily reports.

6/19/2011 Syria (World Net Daily) – As mass protests and violent demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa take place in the name of democracy, Christians in the region have become more fearful, leading those in Syria to throw their support behind autocratic dictator President Bashar Assad, who has protected the Christian community, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The United States and other Western countries have condemned Assad for his brutality in putting down the demonstrations. Washington's hope, and that of its allies, is for a pro-Western democratic government to replace the years of autocracy of the Assad regime and to end Israel's growing regional isolation as a result of the turmoil in other Middle East and North African countries.

However, regional observers say the demonstrations marking the Arab Spring of protests appear to be heading toward a Shariah-adherent Islamist standard of governance in countries where dictators previously kept hard-core Muslims at bay. In some cases, such as in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya, such radical authoritarianism even previously was outlawed.

In Syria, the concern is that the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, with the support of the Wahhabi-backed government of Saudi Arabia, is funding the protests against the Assad regime. Wahhabism forms the basis for the al-Qaida beliefs that spawned the mass murders of thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001

Analysts now think it is possible that should Assad fall, Islamist extremists will take over, with the effect of either isolating the Christians even more or driving them from the country.

For many Christians in the region, the choice so far has been either to join the protests or flee their country. Now in Syria, they're giving their support to Assad.

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