When Dictators Fall, Who Rises?

One month before
the invasion of Iraq, Riah Abu el-Assal, a Palestinian
and the Anglican bishop of Jerusalem at the time, warned
Tony Blair, "You
will be responsible for emptying Iraq, the homeland of
Abraham, of Christians."

The bishop
proved a prophet.
"After almost 2,000 years,"
writes the
Financial Times,
"Iraqi Christians
now


openly contemplate extinction.
Some of their prelates even counsel flight."[Middle
East: Harder to bear
, By David Gardner, 
April 22 2011 23:00]

The secular
despot Saddam Hussein protected the Christians. But the
U.S. liberation brought on their greatest calamity since
the time of Christ. Scores of thousands of those Iraqi
Christians fleeing terrorism and persecution after 2003
made their way to Syria, where they received sanctuary
from President Bashar Assad.

Now, as the
FT and
Washington Post

report, the Christians of Syria, whose forebears have
lived there since the time of Christ, are facing a
pogrom should the Damascus regime fall.

Christians are
10 percent of Syria`s population, successful and closely
allied to the minority Alawite regime of the Assad
family. Said one Beirut observer,
"Their fear is
that if the regime falls to the Sunni majority, they
will be put up against the same wall as the Alawites."

For decades,
notes the Post, the Assad regime
"has protected
Christian interests by enforcing its strictly secular
program and by curbing the influence of the Muslim
Brotherhood."
[For
Syrian Christians, protests are cause for fear,

April 23, 2011]

Bashar`s father,
Hafez al-Assad, slaughtered perhaps 20,000 followers of
the brotherhood after they began a campaign of bombings
and terror and attempted an uprising in Hama in 1982.
Hafez al-Assad rolled up his artillery and leveled the
city.

Observing the
toll of dead protesters—more than 100 this past weekend,
more than 200 overall, the work of police, snipers and
agents of the regime—it is hard to summon up any
sympathy for Bashar Assad. And if his regime were to
fall, that would eliminate a patron of Hamas and
Hezbollah and a close ally of Iran in the Arab world.

But before he
embraces the Syrian revolution, President Barack Obama
ought to consider, as President George W. Bush did not,
what happens to Arab Christians when a long-repressed
Muslim majority comes to power.

In Iraq,
liberated Shiites used their newfound freedom to cleanse
Baghdad of Sunnis while al-Qaida arrived and went
straight after the Christians. In Syria, it would be a
Sunni majority rising if Bashar and the Alawites were to
fall.

What would that
mean for Syria`s Christians, for peace, for us?

Since 1973, even
when clashes have occurred and wars have been fought in
Lebanon between Israelis and Syria or its proxies, the
Assad government has maintained the truce on the Golan
Heights.

Would a
Sunni-dominated Syria do the same?

With the fall of
the

Mubarak regime
in Egypt have come

Islamist attacks on Coptic Christians
. How will the
Copts fare if the Muslim Brotherhood wins the September
election and writes Shariah into Egyptian law?

In

"The Price of
Revolution"
a half-century ago,
D.W. Brogan
inventoried the costs of the revolutions
that so often intoxicate secular Western man.

The

French Revolution
led to regicide, the September
Massacres, the Terror, the slaughter of

hundreds of thousands of Catholics
in the

Vendee region of France,
and almost two decades of
Napoleonic wars.

The abdication
of
Czar Nicholas II
led to the dictatorship of Lenin,
Trotsky and Stalin, who would effect the murder of 1,000
times more victims than did the

Spanish Inquisition in
300 years. And among the
Bolshevik murder victims were the czar, his wife and his
five children.

Fifteen years
after the hated Kaiser, ruler of the Second Reich,
abdicated, a proud veteran of his army, Adolf Hitler,
established a Third Reich.

No
altar-and-throne regime ever compiled a record of horror
to match those of the French and Russian revolutions—or
those of

Mao Zedong
, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Pol Pot.

When the Shah of
Iran fell, within a year we had the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Americans have
welcomed the
"Arab Spring."
Yet we should be forewarned that
among those liberated when dictators fall is the sort of
men that

Edmund Burke
described:

"Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact
proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon
their own appetites. … Society cannot exist unless a
controlling power upon will and appetite be placed
somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more
there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal
constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds
cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

Americans, who
incarcerate 2.3 million of their own citizens, 90
percent of them males, are surely aware of the truth
Burke spoke.

And across the
Middle East, there are millions of
"intemperate
minds"
that would use the freedom and power
democracy provides to majorities to suppress or
eradicate their long-hated rival minorities.

If one-man,
one-vote democracy across the Maghreb and Middle East is
almost certain to strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood and
to liberate Islamists to persecute Christians, why are
we for it?

When did this
idol of modernity called democracy, in which none of our
fathers believed, become a golden calf we all must fall
down and worship?

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Patrick J. Buchanan

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State
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