Christians for Assad: Why Syrian nun Mother Agnès-Mariam de la-Croix says chemical attack on Guta is a fraud
SYRIA is stuck in the middle of a narcissistic West keen to show it’s moral righteousness by bombing al-Hitler and a Russia eager to show that Barack Obama is out of his depth and America are imperial scumbags. This latest report is from Russia Today:
Footage of chemical attack in Syria is fraud
Mother Agnes, a catholic nun, who has been living in Syria for 20 years and has been reporting actively on what has been going on in the war-ravaged country, says she carefully studied the video featuring allegedly victims of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian village of Guta in August and now questions its authenticity.
In her interview with RT, Mother Agnes doubts so much footage could have been taken in so little time, and asks where parents of the supposedly dead children are. She promises to send her report to the UN.
The nun’s hunch is presented as a fact. It’s fraud because one person thinks it might be.
As for the nun, Mother Agnès-Mariam de la-Croix, mother superior of the Monastery of St James the Mutilated, , for it is she, was quoted in the National Review. She said the Houla massacre was a heinous act by anti-Assad “armed terrorists”. This is the same line the regime took regarding Homs. (Many named eyewitnesses – not Agnès-Mariam’s unnamed sources – state the Houla massacre was the work of the Assad regime.)
Mother Agnès-Mariam often assumes the slick veneer of a moderate; she even wrote an open letter to Assad about the condition of people affected by the fighting in Syrian hospitals. It’s hard not to conclude that Mother Agnès-Mariam is little more than another Assad propagandist using her religious credentials to push a particular narrative.
According to the Swiss newspaper Le Courrier, Agnès-Mariam was “comfortable among [Assad’s] security services,” and she told their reporter it was hoped he could “dismantle the propaganda of Western media.” Thierry Meyssan also conducted a revealing interview with Mother Agnès-Mariam about Middle Eastern Christians. During the interview, the mother superior repeated the typically farcical Assad line that the dictator was truly trying to “reform.”
Agnès-Mariam told Meyssan that she “deplored the fact that the so-called opponents didn’t accept President Bashar Al-Assad’s invitation to debate with him the series of reforms which he is in the process of carrying out.” (Of course, it would be of no consequence to the sister (who never recanted her earlier statements) that in leaked private e-mails Assad told his wife, “We are going to adopt [a plan that left him in power] instead of the rubbish laws of parties, elections, media [i.e., actual democratic reforms].”)
Mother Superior Agnès-Mariam continued by claiming that the opposition was just a puppet in a conspiracy guided by foreign powers. She also proffered the Assad narrative of Arabism, arguing that Middle Eastern Christians are truly Arabs. Many Middle Eastern Christians (including Eastern Catholics such as the Chaldeans and Maronites) have not adopted the Arab identity, but Arabism is part and parcel of Assad’s own ideology.
Says the nun:
I have carefully studied the footage, and I will present a written analysis on it a bit later…The key evidence is that Reuters made these files public at 6.05 in the morning. The chemical attack is said to have been launched between 3 and 5 o’clock in the morning in Guta. How is it even possible to collect a dozen different pieces of footage, get more than 200 kids and 300 young people together in one place, give them first aid and interview them on camera, and all that in less than three hours?… I am not saying that no chemical agent was used in the area – it certainly was. But I insist that the footage that is now being peddled as evidence had been fabricated in advance. I have studied it meticulously, and I will submit my report to the UN Human Rights Commission based in Geneva.
Why does she love Assad? Is it because she’s a Christian?
Palestinian Christians have been chanting “Only God, Syria, and Bashir”. Before them was Palestinian Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna, a man who says the Free Syrian Army are “pawns who serve Israel”. Hanna is also an associate of Israel Shamir, the Swedish anti-semite whose pals with WikiLeak’s boss Julian Assange.
Pointing out that Assad protects Christians even as he gasses Sunni Muslim children may not be what Paul was intending to imply, but it sure looks that way when his most ardent supporters are writing editorials titled “Letting Allah Sort Out Islamic Civil War in Syria,” itself a borrowed line from nuanced foreign policy thinker Sarah Palin. Or “Christians Under the Crescent.”
Such are the facts…