Did you know Assyria was the world's first empire?
It was located in what is today Syria and Iraq.
It was mentioned by name in the Book of Genesis, chapter 1,
"And the name of the third river is Hiddekel (Tigris): that is it
which goeth toward the east of Assyria."
Around the year 2371 BC, as related by Peter BetBasoo, the
Assyrian Empire under Sargon of Akkad absorbed the original
Sumerian civilization of the Mesopotamian Valley.
The world's first great work of literature is in the original
Assyrian language of Akkadian - The Epic of Gilgamesh,
written around 2,500 BC.
Around 1,800 BC, during the time of Abraham, the ancient
Assyrian city of Nineveh, near present-day Mosul, became a
major religious/cultural center.
Arameans, descendants of Aram -son of Shem, migrated into Assyria, among the family of Laban, the father of Rebekah who married Issac.
Deutoronomy 26:5 "Then you shall declare before the Lord your God: 'My father (Jacob) was a wandering Aramean (some translations Syrian), and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous.'"(NIV)
The capital of Assyria was Nineveh, where the Old Testament Prophet Jonah preached in 760 BC.
Nineveh was then the largest city in the world.
Jonah's tomb existed in Nineveh until it was destroyed by fundamentalist Muslims of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) on July 24, 2014.
In 727-721 BC, King Shalmaneser V ruled the Neo-Assyrian Empire which carried away Israel's ten northern tribes into captivity.
Most of the known world was conquered by Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser III between 745-727 BC.
King Sennacherib, 705-681 BC, made Nineveh the most magnificent capital in the world at the time.
The word "Arab" is actually the Assyrian word "westerner," first used by King Sennacherib in
telling his conquest of the "ma'rabayeh"-westerners.
Assyrians and Babylonians laid down the fundamental basis of mathematics, the Pythagorean
Theorem, the concept of zero, 360 degrees in a circle, parabolic domes and arches, and longitude
and latitude in geography.
By the 8th century BC, so many Arameans had immigrated into Mesopotamia that the Aramaic
language became the lingua franca for the entire region, replacing the languages of the
Aramaic was spoken through the time of Christ, and was still in use by Christians in the small
Syrian village of Ma'loula till it was overrun by fundamentalist Muslim fighters in September of 2013.
Beginning in 538 BC, Assyria was ruled by other empires for the next 7 centuries:
Macedonian (Alexander the Great);
Greeks first began using the shortened name "Syria" to refer to western Assyria.
With the arrival of Christianity, Saint Thomas, Saint Bartholemew and Saint Thaddeus founded the Assyrian Christian Church in 33 AD.
A dialect of the Aramaic language called 'Syriac' became the new lingua franca of that part of the world.
The Apostle Paul evangelized in Syria, beginning in the city of Damascus.
The very word "Christian" was first used for followers of Jesus Christ in Antioch, Syria. (Acts 11:23-26)
By the year 265 AD, Syria was one of the first nations to be completely Christian.
In 269 AD, Syrian Queen Zenobia led a famous revolt against the Romans
In the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries, Christian Assyrians began a systematic translation of Greek works in religion, science, philosophy (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle) and medicine (Galen) into Syriac.
One of the greatest Christian Assyrian achievements of the 4th century was the founding of the first university in the world, the School of Nisibis, with departments in theology, philosophy and medicine.
It a center of intellectual development in the Middle East and the model
for the first Italian university.
Assyrian Christians pioneered hospitals, with the Bakhteesho family
having nine generations of physicians and founding the great medical
school at Gundeshapur in present-day Iran.
The Assyrian Christian physician, Hunayn ibn-Ishaq, wrote a textbook on
ophthalmology in 950 AD which remained the authoritative source until
Assyrian Christian philosopher Job of Edessa developed a physical
theory of the universe rivaling Aristotle's.
In the 5th century, nine Christian Syrian Monks translated Greek, Hebrew,
and Syriac works into the Ethiopian language of Ge'ez and organized
Christian monastic orders and schools, some of which are still in existence.
Saint John of Damascus in Syria, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, was one
of the greatest scholars in the 8th century.
The literary output of the Assyrians and Jews was vast. After Latin and
Greek, the third largest corpus of Christian writing was in the Assyrian "Syriac" language.
Assyrian missionaries brought Syriac 'Nestorian' Christianity into Mesopotamia, then into the Persian Sassanid Empire, India, Central Asia, the Uyghurs, the Tang Dynasty of China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.
As Arab Muslims swept in a torrent through the Middle East beginning in 630 AD, Chaldean and Babylonian astronomers were forcibly Islamized till they eventually disappeared.
In the 7th century, Syrian scholars translated Greek works into Arabic.
The book, How Greek Science Passed to the Arabs, documented the work of 22 scholars, 20 of which were Christian Assyrians, with only 1 Persian and 1 Arab.
These translations were later taken by Moors into Spain, where Europeans translated them into Latin, laying the groundwork for the Renaissance.
As Muslims conquered trade routes to the east, they co-opted advances made by other civilizations and claimed them as their own.
The thousands of years of rich Assyrian civilization was expropriated into the Arab culture.
As the heavy burdens of the "dhimmi" status and intermittent persecutions caused the Assyrian Christian community to decline, the so-called Golden Age of Islam likewise declined.
Then Turkish Muslims invaded.
Gregory Bar-Hebraeus (1226-1286), a Syrian Orthodox Church
leader, wrote how Turkish Muslim tolerance toward Christians
turned to hate:
"And having seen very much modesty and other habits of this
kind among Christian people, certainly the Mongols loved them
greatly at the beginning of their kingdom, a time ago somewhat
But their love hath turned to such intense hatred that they cannot
even see them with their eyes approvingly."
In 1268, Mamluk Sultan Baibars conquered Antioch, Syria, and
slaughtered all the Christian and Jewish men and sold the women
into slavery, smashed church crosses, burned Bibles, desecrated
graves, and dragged every priest, deacon, and monk to the altar
and slit their throats.
Mamluk Sultan Baibars destroyed the Church of St. Paul and the
Cathedral of St. Peter.
In response to cries for help, King Louis IX of France set sail from Aigues-Mortes in 1270 leading the 8th Crusade to come to the aid of Christian states in Syria.
King Louis IX was diverted to Tunis where he was defeated and died of dysentery.
In 1271, Edward I, the future King of England, undertook a 9th Crusade to help in Syria.
Tripoli (in present-day Lebanon) fell to Mamluk Sultan Qalawun in 1289, and Acre fell to Mamluk Sultan as-Ashraf Khalil in a bloody siege in 1291, thus ending the last traces of Christian rule in Syria.
When Marco Polo traveled east in 1271 AD, he noted Assyrian Christian missionaries had converted tens of thousands in Indian and China to Syrian "Nestorian" Christianity.
Even the influential mother of Kublai Khan, Sorghaghtani Beki, was a Nestorian Christian.
The first Mongolian system of writing used the Assyrian "Syriac" alphabet, with the name "Tora Bora" being an Assyrian phrase meaning "arid mountain."
As during the Tang Dynasty, there was a thriving Syrian Nestorian Christian community in China during the Yuan Dynasty.
Nestorian Christianity declined in China when the Ming Dynasty forced out Mongolian and other foreign influences.
Nestorian Christianity was eradicated from Persia and Central Asia by the Muslim crusader Tamerlane, who massacred an estimated 17 million.
In 1399, Tamerlane invaded Syria, sacked Aleppo and captured Damascus, massacring the inhabitants and erecting towers made out of skulls.
Northern Iraq had remained Assyrian Christian until Tamerlane systematically decimated the population.
When Turks began imposing the Turkish language throughout the Ottoman Empire, Syrian Christian scholars preserved the Arabic language.
For centuries, Syria was under Ottoman Muslim rule.
In 1867, Mark Twain visited Syria, writing in his book Innocents
"Then we called at...the mausoleum of the five thousand
Christians who were massacred in Damascus in 1861 by the
They say those narrow streets ran blood for several days, and
that men, women and children were butchered indiscriminately
and left to rot by hundreds all through the Christian quarter;
they say, further, that the stench was dreadful.
All the Christians who could get away fled from the city, and
the Mohammedans would not defile their hands by burying the
The thirst for blood extended to the high lands of Hermon and
Anti-Lebanon, and in a short time 25,000 more Christians were
massacred and their possessions laid waste...
How they hate a Christian in Damascus! - and pretty much all over Turkeydom as well."
In 1908, a Turkish Spring began.
The brief euphoria when the Ottoman tyrant Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid was forced from power quickly turned to horror.
Three Pashas, known as "The Young Turks" promoted the idea of "Ottomanization" - creating a homogeneous Turkey of one race, one language, and one religion - Islam.
Fundamentalist Turkish Muslims systematically expelled or exterminated hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims.
While the world focused on Germany, France and England during World War I, Turkish Muslims massacred ethnic minorities.
Over 750,000 Syrians, 1 million Greeks, Albanians, Serbs, and Bulgarians, and over 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were killed.
Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote:
"Turkish rule...is now, oppressing or massacring, slaughtering or driving from their homes, the Christian population of Greek or Bulgarian stock...
Armenia and Cilicia, and Syria, where within the last two years it has been destroying its Christian subjects...
The Young Turkish gang who gained power when they had deposed Abd-ul-Hamid, have surpassed even that monster of cruelty in their slaughter."
After World War I, the Ottoman Empire fell.
Britain took Iraq as a protectorate, allowing them independence 1932, but one of Iraq's first governmental acts was to massacre 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Simmele.
France took Lebanon and Syria as protectorates, allowing them independence in 1943 and 1946, respectively.
Though a republic, Syria soon suffered upheaval, coup d'etat, socialism, riots,
and civil disorder.
The "Arab Spring" led by the Muslim Brotherhood initiated a plan to oust
moderate leaders and re-establish the caliphate - a totalitarian Islamic State.
When the U.S. reduced its support of moderate leaders and pulled its last
troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2014, it left a power vacuum.
In exchange for Army defector Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. released five
senior Afghan Taliban commanders capable, according to a 2008 Pentagon
dossier, of leading Muslim fighters in the Middle East and in America:
Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah
Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari.
The U.S. supported the Muslim Brotherhood in ousting Mubarak in Egypt, then
supplied arms to fundamentalist Muslim fighters in ousting Gaddafi in Lybia,
then supplied and trained Muslim fighters to oust Assad in Syria.
When Russia came to Assad's defense, these fighters took the name ISIS and invaded Iraq, killing, raping, and beheading tens of thousands.
Since 2012, nearly a quarter of a million have been killed in Syria and Iraq by fundamentalist Muslim ISIS fighters.
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark reported on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," August 25, 2014, that ISIS is funded by U.S. allies of the Arab Gulf, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Reuters reported July 14, 2013, the U.S. is selling to Qatar $11 billion of Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems.
German journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter told RT.com, August 21, 2014, the U.S. is supporting ISIS through its allies:
"In order to fight against the Islamic State in a successful way the West needs to sanction and punish all those powers that are supporting the Islamic State, namely Turkey and the Gulf states...
'We have to see the Islamic State terrorists as a Western-created monster.
The Islamic State would not exist without the fierce Western help and also the support by the Arabic Gulf States, as well as the support from Turkey...
Nobody was talking about helping Christians in the region."
Christian and Yazidis minorities are given the choice: convert to Islam or die, or pay the exorbitant dhimmi jizyah tax.
Hundreds of thousands of Christians fled.
ISIS destroyed hundreds of Christian churches in Syria and Iraq, such as the ancient 1,800 year old church in Mosul.
Since the first invasion of Islam in 6304AD, the Assyrian Church of the East, the Syriac Orthodox Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, the Maronite Church, and the Chaldean Catholic Church, quietly suffered 33 major genocides, averaging one every 40 years.
As reported by CNSnews.com, the Patriarch of Antioch, Gregory III, who oversees the 1.6 million members of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian territories and Sudan, stated:
"Who created this hell in which our people have been living for months?...
Every day, Islamic extremists from all over the world are pouring into Syria with the
sole intent to kill and not one country has done anything to stop them..."
Gregory III concluded his assessment of Syria:
"For the last two and a half years, Eastern and Western countries have not stopped
sending weapons, money, military experts, secret service agents and Salafist
fundamentalist armed gangs of thugs and criminals, who have fallen on Syria like a
destructive new flood."
The Chaldean Catholic Church is comprised of an estimated 500,000 ethnic
Assyrians in northeast Syria, northern Iraq, and areas bordering southeast Turkey
and northwest Iran.
Chaldean Catholic Church Patriarch Louis Sako stated in September 2014 when
asked by reporters at Beirut's airport of remarks attributed to him in the daily Ad-Diyar in which he accused the U.S. of supporting ISIS:
"The U.S. is indirectly responsible for what is going on in Iraq..."
"Our Muslim neighbors did not help us... Issuing a fatwa preventing Muslims from killing fellow Muslims is not enough."
Patriarch Sako stated:
"For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians."
Christianity in Syria and Iraq - From Beginning to End?
Welcome back to the story of liberty. This is John Bona. Is there any real hope for peace? We've attempted at that and it appears even with the heighten hostilities now in Israel and the scope of the conflicts in America. The question remains open, is there any real hope for peace with the terrorist and occupying control much of the Muslim world? I think it's appropriate to remember that through Israel, God himself brought the world great ideals which constituted the basis of Israel. And one of those great ideals was liberty.
Liberty is a word often uttered, but seldom understood, It's a theme of great strong feelings but of little self-restraint. Poets and oratories have eulogize the attractiveness of liberty. Demigods have use the word everyday as an instrument of political advancement, yet few comprehend its true nature. Civil liberty, the liberty of a community for example is that of the protection and the enjoyment of their rights in the community up to the point where we begin to trench upon the rights of others. Montesquieu make say reflection about this, he says that "countries are not cultivated in proportion to their fertility" in other words their natural resources, but to their liberty because liberty is really God's idea.
Let's talk about liberty or the lack thereof in a few countries. Did you know that Assyria was the world's first empire? It was located in what today is Syria and Iraq. It was mentioned by name in the book of Genesis 2:14, around 1800 B.C. during the time of Abraham, the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh became a major religious and cultural center. The descendants of Abraham migrated into that area. Among them was the family of Levin the father of Rebecca who married Isaac. The capital of Assyria was Nineveh and at the time was the largest city in the known world. Remember the old testament account of the prophet Jonah? He preached in Nineveh in 760 B.C. Nineveh repented from the top to the bottom. Jonah's tomb existed in Nineveh until it was recently destroyed by the fundamental Muslims of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, on June 24, 2014.
Now you're going to see a pattern developed here over centuries, a clear obvious and dangerous pattern. A pattern of taking away liberty of freedom from the people. A pattern of murder and a global quest for total control, power, and the ultimate goal to annihilate Israel and America. The goal is to eliminate liberty. We're well aware of the present day terrorist, their names are Hamas, ISIS, Al Queda, and these several associated Jihadist organizations. Ironically, ISIS has been called ISIL. Several reports reveal that this is actually being done to legitimatize the terrorist claim over Israel, and that Israel should not exist.
Let's share the significance of using the term ISIL, when nearly the whole world is using the term ISIS. The letter "L" in ISIL refers to Levant, what is the Levant? Just as the word orient describes a specific region in the far east. The word Levant identifies a specific territory in the area of Eastern Mediterranean, the area of Israel, Lebanon, part of Syria and Western Jordan presently occupy the land which is encompassed by the term Levant. The Levant is considered by the Muslims to be the key territory belonging to their Khilafat. The Southern part of Levant during biblical times was referred to as Canaan. Today, it's the country's bordering on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to Egypt. This includes the land of Israel.
Using ISIL rather than ISIS conveys a message to the Muslim world that Israel is not to be considered separate or exempt from Islamic ownership, now or in the future. To use the term ISIL, it's a specific act, it's an insult against the people of Israel. See, ISIS refers to an Islamic state, but ISIL gives that state credibility and boundaries. Boundaries that erase Israel as a nation in God's territory. And folks, that is impossible because God has ordained Israel. He will protect it. Israel will never go away. The terrorist are fighting against unmeasurable forces. Take a walk with me back in time, let's go back to the time of Isaiah. We're told in prophecy by Isaiah that the people walked in darkness. The people had been afflicted. Isaiah was talking about the fact that the Assyrians had invaded the land. They had gone through Palestine through both Naphtali and Zebulun on the way to Jerusalem. They afflicted the people but only slightly at first because the king bottomed off with one thousand talents of silver, and the Assyrians returned home. Later, the Assyrians returned. Those they didn't kill, they carried away as slaves. The Assyrian Empire carried away all the Northern tribes of Israel right through Naphtali and Zebulun. Israel's ten Northern tribes were carried often to total obscurity. First, lightly afflicted because God is slow to anger, but later God brought a more severe judgment. They are known as the ten lost tribes of Israel.
It is interesting to consider the moral implication of this often when we sin impenitently, God must discipline us. That spanking that we get is never pleasing but its design to take rebellious children and bring them back in to the way of everlasting truth; but if they resist, if they refuse to turn from their wicked ways, God oftentimes must discipline them more severely. The people of these two regions were afflicted first lightly and then more grievously by the Lord for their sin and their impenitence. We can learn a great deal from those two places, Naphtali and Zebulun where most of the gospel record of Jesus Christ takes place. Yes, Jesus is the light of the world as shown in the old and new testaments. But strangely, people don't always welcome the light. You would think that if you were sitting in darkness, you would welcome the fact that light was brought to illuminate your surroundings, yet Christ says "the light has come into the world and then love darkness rather than light because their deeds where evil neither shall they come to the light less, his deeds should be reproved."
In our day, the threat of a militant Islam, ISIS, Hamas, Al Queda and all the associated Jihadist organizations which they are many confronts the free world, confronts Israel, America. The battles unfolding is a new chapter in a war between Islam and Israel and Christianity. It's been going on for centuries, it's between the power of the religion of forced submission. Convert or you get your head cut off and the loving Christian religion, the gospel of grace, the gospel of mercy, the Christian faith, the voluntary conversion to Christ the Lord. 500 years ago, Martin Luther gave us insight into the same problem as he faced in Germany. As the invading Turks, the Muslims where at their doorstep. He placed the blame on the unrepentant Christian world. He said "there is a reason to fear that the Muslims will not be so easy to beat". He placed the blame on the unrepentant Christian world. He said "there's a reason to fear that the Muslims will not be easy to beat".
Christian's spiritual weapons are needed and their power to go with those weapons to fight against the Muslims and must begin with our repentance, and we must reform our lives, our own lives, or we shall fight in vain. John Calvin saw the real solution to the Muslim question even as the Muslim and Turks were invading Europe. In his day, he said this "until the church finds the heart and the will to care for those lost souls bound in Islam, with the hope of the gospel, we shall always be at peril." With the arrival of Christianity, the time of Christ, Thomas, Bartholomew, St. Thaddeus, they founded in Assyrian church in 33 A.D. Remember the apostle Paul, he evangelized in Syria, beginning in the city of Damascus. Remember the Apostle Paul's moment of grace when Christ visited him on the road to Damascus, Paul was converted to Christ and became the great Apostle. Did you know that the word Christian was first used for followers of Jesus Christ in Antioch, Syria?
By the year of 265 A.D., Syria was one of the first nations to be completely Christian. One of the greatest Christian Assyrian achievements of the 4th century was the founding of the first university in the world. They have departments of theology, philosophy, and medicine. Christianity brought liberty to Syria. It was the center of intellectual development in the middle east and the model for the first Italian University. The Assyrian Christians pioneered hospitals and there were families of generations of physicians, and they found the great medical school in present day, Iran. The Assyrian Christian physicians wrote textbooks on ophthalmology in 950 A.D. And had remained an authoritative source until 1800 A.D. Assyrian Christian philosopher Job of Edessa, developed a physical theory of the universe rivaling Aristotle. In the 5th century, 9 Christian Syrian monks translated Greek, Hebrew into the works of an Ethiopian language. They organized and develop Christian schools, some of which are still in existence today. St. John of Damascus in Syria. The patriarch of Jerusalem was one of the great scholars in the 8th century. The literary output of the Assyrians and Jews was vast after Latin and Greek. The third largest corpus of Christian writing was the Assyrian language. Assyrian missionaries, they brought Christianity into the Persian Empire, into India, Central Asia, the Tang Dynasty of China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. As I quoted Montesquieu earlier, the countries are not cultivated in proportion to their fertility, their natural resources but to their liberty. But beginning in 634 A.D., Arab Muslims swept in violence through the middle east. People were forced to Islam, forced to convert or die and they eventually disappeared. The Muslim fighters conquered countries and trade routes to the East. They took the advances made by other civilizations and they claimed it as their own. See, the problem is that thousands of years of this rich Assyrian civilization, a Christian civilization was expropriated into the Arab culture.
An Assyrian orthodox church leader wrote how the Muslim tolerance toward Christians turn to hate. Here's what he said "In having seen very much modesty and other habits of this kind among Christian people, certainly the Mongols love them greatly at the beginning of their kingdom, a time ago somewhat short, but their love has turn to such intense hatred that they cannot even see them with their eyes approvingly." In 1268, the Muslim fighters conquered Antioch, Syria and killed all the Christian and Jewish men. They smashed the church crosses, they burned the bibles, they desecrated the graves, and they drag every priest, deacon, and monk to the altar and slit their throats. The Muslims destroy the church of St. Paul and the cathedral of St. Peter. In response to these Christ for help, King Louise of France and King Edward of England, they undertook the 8th and 9th crusade to help the people, the innocent people. The crusades where a defensive war to help the persecuted Christian. Tripoli in present day, Lebanon, fell 1289 ending the last traces of Christian rule and authority in Syria.
Marco Polo, he traveled East in 1271 A.D. He saw Assyrian Christian missionaries, they converted tens of thousands in India and China to Christianity. Even the influential mother of Kublai Khan became a Christian, but unfortunately Christianity was eradicated from Persia and Central Asia by the Muslim crusader, Tamerlan, who massacred an estimated 17 million people, do you see the pattern? In 1399, Tamerlan invaded Syria, he captured Damascus, he massacred the inhabitants and he erected towers made out of their skulls. Northern Iraq remain Assyrian Christian until Tamerlan systemically decimated the populations. For centuries to come, Syria would be under Muslim rule.
Walk forward with me to 1867, when Mark Twain visited Syria. He wrote in his books these comments he said "then we called at" the mausoleum of the 5,000 Christians who were massacred in Damascus in 1861 by the Muslim turds. To save those narrow streets run blood for several days and then men, women, and children were butchered indiscriminately and left to rot by hundreds all through the Christian quarter. They say further that the stench was dreadful and the Christians who would get away fled from the city and the Mohammedans would not defile their hands by burying the infidel dogs. Their thirst for blood extended to the highlandd. And in a short time, 25,000 more Christians were massacred and their possessions laid waste. Mark Twain concluded how they hate the Christians in Damascus, and pretty much all over Turkey as well. Next, it was the three young Turks promoted the idea of automization creating a Turkey of one race, one language, and one religion Islam. These fundamentalist Turkish Muslims systematically expelled or exterminated hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims. While the world focused on Germany, France, and England during World War I, the Muslim fighters massacred ethnic minorities over 750,000 Syrians, 1 million Greeks, Albanians, Serbs, and Bulgarians; and over 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children were killed.
Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote Turkish rule is now oppressing or massacring, slaughtering or driving from their homes the Christian population of Greek or Bulgarian stopped. In Armenia and Syria, where within the last 2 years, Muslims have been destroying its Christian subjects. This young Turkish gang who gained power had surpassed even that monster of cruelty in their slaughter. The Arab sprang led by the Muslim brotherhood initiated a plan to oust moderate leaders and reestablish a Khilafat, a total totalitarian Islamic state. When America reduced our support of the moderate leaders and pulled its last troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2014, it no doubt left a power vacuum. In exchange for an army defector, the U.S. released 5 senior Afghan-Taliban commanders capable of according to a 2008 Pentagon-CA of leading Muslim fighters in the middle east and in America.
When Russia came to Syria's defense in a recent fight, these fighters took the name ISIS and invaded Iraq, killing, raping and beheading tens of thousands. Since 2012, nearly 250,000 have been killed in Syria and Iraq by the fundamentalist Muslim ISIS fighters. Retired General Wesley Clark reported on CNN the lead with Jake Tapper. August 25, 2014, that ISIS is funded by U.S. ally, but the problem is nobody was talking about helping the Christians in this region. Christian minorities are given the choice either convert to Islam or die or pay an exorbitant tax. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled. ISIS has destroyed hundreds of churches in Syria and Iraq, even the ancient 1800-year-old church in the area we know as Nineveh. Since the first invasion of Islam in 634 A.D., the Assyrian church of the East and other churches have suffered 33 major genocides, every gene one every 40 years. The patriarch of Antioch, Gregory III, he oversees over 1.6 million members of the catholic church in that area. He said everyday, Islamic extremist from all over the world are pouring into Syria with the sole intent to kill and not one country has done anything to stop them. Gregory III concluded his assessment of Syria, he said for the last 2-1/2 years, Eastern and Western countries have not stop sending weapons, money, military experts, secret service agents, fundamentalist armed gangs of thugs and criminals, who have fallen on Syria like a destructive flood.
The Catholic church patriarch, Louis Sako stated in September 2014, when he was asked by reporters at the airport in Beirut, he said the U.S. is indirectly responsible for what's going on in Iraq. Our Muslim neighbors did not help us. He concluded for the first time in the history of this area of Iraq, Mosul, that we know of is Nineveh, the place where God and his perfect timing granted repentance to the people and to save them from the impending destruction to come is now empty of Christians.
Well folks, given this pattern, this history, we can see the truth. But we know that the loving and transforming Christian faith is the true light, it is the truth. The Muslim terrorist live in darkness and darkness is emblematic of ignorance. Within the one true God, there is no ignorance at all because He is omniscient, He knows all things from the end to the beginning.