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Syrian Christian Leaders: Western Geopolitics Have Killed Thousands with Endless Wars, While Backing Saudi Terrorists

March 29, 2016 (EIRNS)—In a March 23 interview with the Catholic Agenzia Fides, Syrian Archbishop Jacques Hindo of Hassake-Nisibis said that in terrorist attacks like last week’s bombing in Brussels,

"unfortunately, innocent people reap what European powers have sown in Syria and Iraq in the last few years."

Archbishop Hindo charged that

"European leaders, and the entire West ... have maintained for decades the preferential axis with Saudi Arabia and the emirates of the Arabian Peninsula. In recent decades, they have ensured these countries the possibility of financing in the whole of Europe, and also in Belgium, the birth of a network of mosques where Wahhabism was preached, the ideology that poisons Islam...."

Western leaders, he charged,

"until recently had the fall of the government of Assad as the main geopolitical goal, they also aimed at accrediting the jihadist militia of al-Nusra Front as ’moderate Muslims’ and attacked Russia for hitting strongholds of those militias...."

When it comes to Europe’s deal with Turkey over the refugees, he told Agenzia Fides:

"Europe on the issue of refugees chose to become hostage to Turkey. I understand the European difficulties, but I highlight that the IDPs [migrants] welcomed in Europe in 2015 do not exceed 0.2% of the population, while in a small country like Lebanon their share now corresponds to half of the local population. I understand the tears of the European Commissioner for Foreign Policy [Mogherini]. But I want to point out that for five years thousands of Syrian Muslims and Christians, men, women, and children have been killed. And there are no tears for them."

Back in November last year, Syrian Catholic Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan told the Egyptian Catholic publication Le Messager that Western democracies were destroying Syria’s infrastructure and statehood owing to "foolish politics and a conspiracy under the pretext of bringing democracy."

"The politicians of the West—and in particular those of the United States, Britain and France—are in favor of an endless conflict in Iraq and Syria,"

Younan said.

"It is these Western policies which have produced groups of terrorists.... The West has betrayed us."