extremist groups in Syria, fighting as opposition armies, creating murderous hav-
oc in the process. He additionally claims that the U.S. screened other opposition
groups, and founded them reliable. Thus far, there is no NATO nation known to
be prepared to intervene in Syria's terrain ... but only from a distance.
While issuing an unequivocal condemnation of the “destructive” use of chemical
weapons, Antioch's Melkite rite patriarch, Gregorios III, said that armed military
support, including intelligence, coming from outside the country remains the most
arch Gregorios said that his country’s death toll, along with its displacement crisis
and infrastructure devastation, was the direct result of military hardware sent from
outside of Syria, dating as far back as March 2011, the start of the uprising against
Syrian head of state Bashar al Assad.
Gregorios stated, “ … For the last 2½ years, Eastern and Western countries have
not stopped sending weapons, money, military experts, and secret service agents,
along with Salafist fundamentalist gangs of armed thugs and criminals … [who]
have fallen on Syria like a destructive new flood, far more dangerous than even
destructive chemical weapons, whose use on our Syrian soil we reject on any
the displacement of millions of others, the destruction of thousands of villages,
and harm to the futures of millions of young people.
the need for peace talks, stating, “Contrary to the calls to arms, attacks, and military
interventions, we enjoy listening to appeals from around the world aimed at creat-
ing an atmosphere of reconciliation, dialogue, humanitarian solidarity, hope, for-
giveness, and finally peace.”
national sources echoes a similar call made in January, by Beirut Cardinal Bechara
Boulos Rai, (Maronite Patriarch of Antioch.) Accusations of foreign military aid
and intelligence entering Syria date back many months.
Saudi Arabia of being “the main player” in financing and arming the terrorist groups
who operate in Syria. It comes while other reports state that President Assad has been
increasing the purchase of arms from Russia, with more sightings of ships traveling to
Syria from a Ukrainian port used by Russia’s armed export monopoly.
Syria, stating that it would “fuel hatred, criminality and fundamentalism.” In an
interview with Catholic News Service, he said, “Surely [military engagement] will
spread like a world war.”
across Syria in churches, homes, and youth movements. He stated, “We join in the
calls for prayer that have been launched around the world for peace in Syria, as
that is the real movement for solidarity with Syria.”
Patriarch Gregorios praised Pope Francis’ appeal for peace and in particular for the
day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday, September 7th, which is to be led by
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