Some were originally reporting the beheading shown was of one of the two Bishops kidnapped in April. Instead, it showed the murder of Franciscan Priest Francois Murad. More details below.

When all of this started in Syria, someone, I cant remember who, posted a note they received from some of their Christian friends in Syria. The surprising thing to many Americans was that the Syrian Christians, while ambivalent about Assad, preferred him to any alternative. It seems to me that this is very much parallels the situation in Iraq under Sadaam in that Assad has been a cruel strongman but he has generally kept the lid on sectarian conflict. Now though, the Syrian regime has intentionaly sown sectarian conflict as a way to push back against the opposition. One commentator said that the Assad regime had been preparing for a conflict with the Sunni majority since the 80s, and their counter offensive, and the fact that they have not collapsed when so many expected it, is the fruit of that.

This is a situation with a lot of bad people acting based upon the poisoned fruit of centuries of conflict and bitter division. The problem is, while the US was seen as a Crusader nation in Iraq, we did very little to protect the native Christians for fear of confirming that accusation. At the same time, our very presence put a bulls eye on them. In this situation, there’s no doubt that Assad has mistreated his people and that his use of chemical weapons against them makes him a war criminal. But who exactly are we getting into bed with to push him out, and how might this decision haunt us. Even if we don’t give weapons directly to the militias responsible for these atrocities, I’m sure those weapons will eventually fall into their hands (those in the know indicate that these jihadist groups tend to be the most effective and well organized of the Syrian opposition), and I’d be willing to bet that our allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have already been giving them weapons.

“A priest and another Christian were beheaded before a cheering crowd by Syrian insurgents who say they aided and abetted the enemy, President Bashar Assad’s military, foreign media reported.

An undated video that made the Internet rounds on Wednesday showed two unnamed men with tied hands surrounded by a cheering crowd of dozens, just moments before their heads were cut off with a small knife, Syria Report said. The attackers in the video then lifted the head for show, and placed it back on the body.

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Just recently, a Catholic priest was recently executed by radicals, and last month, an entire Christian village in Homs was burned to the ground, Syria Report said. Moreover, two Christian bishops kidnapped in Aleppo at the beginning of the year are still missing.

The reported beheading of the two Christians comes about the same time America has started sending arms to rebel fighters, the Wall Street Journal revealed this week. The Journal reported the Central Intelligence Agency just began transporting weapons to Jordan for eventual transfer to Syrian fighters.”

A priest and another Christian were beheaded before a cheering crowd by Syrian insurgents who say they aided and abetted the enemy, President Bashar Assad’s military, foreign media reported.

Read it all: Syrians behead Christians for helping military, as CIA ships in arms

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