Turkey is now accusing Assad of ethnic cleansing in the coastal area between Homs and Lebanon in order to establish a safe zone for the minority Alawites. Of course Assad, his top generals and top government appointees are members of the Alawite sect of the Shiite division of Islam. The bulk of the Syrian population are Sunni and there are also many Christians in the war ravaged country.How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians
And why supporting Syria's rebels may extinguish Christianity in its oldest environs.
In fact, the conflict in Syria and the American invasion of Iraq are linked by a common thread: the failure of the U.S. to consider the effect of its foreign policy on vulnerable religious communities, especially Middle Eastern Christians.
When he came to office, President Bush famously scribbled in a report on the Clinton administration’s inaction during the Rwandan genocide,“Not on my watch.” Clinton today admits that inaction in Rwanda is his greatest regret. One day, Bush may look back on the neglect of the Middle East’s Christians with similar regret.
Does this sound like a familiar story.