Sunday, 22 July 2012

The fall of dictators and the fate of religious minorities in Syria and Middle East

Syrian refugees fleeing to neighboring countries

In this article published on BBC Vietnamese, my heart goes out to the religious minorities in Syria. They are the Christian, the Alawite, the Druze, the Kurd...etc. The fact that not many people know is that minorities did receive protection from dictators like Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Mubarak (Egypt) and Assad (Syria) in countries where the majority are either Sunni or Shia Muslim. A secular government for them seems to increase the chance of not being marginalized. 

Another point of view is that these dictators just applied the ancient old governing tactic: Divide to rule.

When the dictators went down, things are likely to get worse for these minorities: huge exodus of Christian from Iraq, systematic killing and attacks happened in Iraq, Egypt and Syria.

One day after the Muslim Brotherhood won the election in Egypt, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (Viena) said world leaders and diplomats must help prevent a total loss of Middle Eastern Christianity in the very land of its birth.

The fall of the dictators in Middle East means a whole different thing to these religious minorities.

1 comment:

  1. Nathaniel Flindon21 November 2012 at 23:58

    Times are changing once again in the Middle East as dictators fall, there is much uncertainty to the countries like Egypt and Lybia. Even businesses like tours in jordan have been affected by the situation in Israel.


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